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June 15, 2018

Why Kids Should Learn to Code

life. Our bank cards, phones, cars, and computers all rely on codes to function. As such, understanding code is an increasingly valuable career-skill. 

Research suggests that computer automation will affect half of the Canadian workforce in the next 10 years. In other words, computers will perform some jobs for which we currently employ humans. An increasing sector of the Canadian labour force now works with computer software, and tech has become the new vanguard for entrepreneurship. To prepare today’s kids for tomorrow’s economy, we need to familiarize them with coding. 

In addition to valuable career-prep, coding can help kids understand the world today. Tech columnist Erik Missio argues that children as young as four should start learning the foundations of computer commands: “Today, computing is involved in almost all aspects of our lives…If grade-schoolers are taught biology and mathematics in order to understand the world around them, then knowing the basics of how computers communicate—and how to engage with them—should be a given.” 

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