Do You Think It’s Still Important for Kids to Learn Coding?

At one point if you wanted to do anything on a computer, you had to know a significant amount of coding. But the more and more technology has progressed with apps, mobile devices, etc., it seems less and less coding is required. We asked our writers, “Do you think it’s still important for kids to learn coding?”

Our Opinion

Alex believes it’s absolutely still important. “Educating kids about technology and how it works is a crucial part of today’s educational system.” He thinks it’s a great way to get kids interested in the whole process, noting there are many programming tools and languages created specifically with children in mind, like Scratch, that keeps it interesting for them.

“And when you see how excited kids get when they’ve built something that works, it’s clear that code is a great vehicle for inspiring interest in technology.”

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Phil’s view is that “coding is not an optional pursuit these days, more of an essential life skill.” He believes today’s kids are used to consuming pre-made media and apps, so it’s important for them to make something they can use for a change rather than just consuming it.

He also thinks “coding is really good for the brain, hardwiring new pathways and connecting areas of the brain dealing with problem solving, language, and creativity.” He sees the Raspberry Pi as a great cost-effective introduction and thinks apps such as Sonic Pi live coding music software are “compelling and easy to understand applications that are fun and instantly gratifying.”

Ada thinks kids only need to learn coding if they want to, as if they don’t, “it’s useless to push them into something they don’t like just to make them hate it.” This was the case with her when she was learning computers back when she was in high school. It’s okay for kids to learn code “if they feel inclined, but they can survive without it for sure.”

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Miguel agrees with Ada, noting if they want to learn coding, they will often find the resources on their own. But “if they are not initially the computer-savvy type, it’s probably a waste of time to teach them that skill in the first place.” He notes that most of the best coders he’s worked with have learned the skill on their own. “There is value in being a responsible autodidact.”

I kind of agree with both sides of this issue. I don’t think it’s perhaps as important as it once was, as there are so many programming courses that say “No coding required!” However, I also prescribe to the idea that you can understand a concept more if you know how it works. You never have to do a lick of programming in your life, but if you know how it works, it will help you understand the concepts of technology so much more.

Your Opinion

How do you feel about this issue? Do you think kids should always be encouraged to learn coding, or do you think it’s an idea whose time has past? Do you think it’s still important for kids to learn coding? Chime in below in the comments area, and let us know what you think!

3 comments

  1. “Do You Think It’s Still Important for Kids to Learn Coding?”
    Only if you will make them work in IT. Otherwise the ability to code is a nice one to have but not absolutely necessary. Knowing coding is no more and no less important than knowing plumbing, carpentry, how to work on a car, how to sew, knit and crochet, etc. One can use a computer quite well without knowing how to code just as one can use a car without knowing how to fix it.

  2. Ada’s view if it were actually true, would mean that we shouldn’t teach 90% of what we do in schools, because the child is not interested in that subject.
    I had no intention of becoming a doctor, but still was taught biology during science at school.
    I had no intention of becoming an author, but still was taught english literature.
    And that example could be extended near endlessly.

    As part of IT teaching at school, there should be some degree of coding in my opinion.
    What someone is going to be interested in is not concrete at that point, or at any point in their lives.
    And someone is never going to know if they never experience it.
    Give them the opportunity to make up their mind after actual experience, rather than the useless argument that they always know without it.
    Subjects I have no formal interest in have still added to my knowledge, as I still remember things I learned in those subjects years ago even when I didn’t pursue further education in it.

  3. “Do you think kids should always be encouraged to learn coding, or do you think it’s an idea whose time has past?”

    Coding help kids to develop a set of thinking, reasoning, teamwork, investigative, and creative mind that allow kids to handle the real-world issues and problems. At an early stage, children start developing solutions. Children must be able to write code to actually become productive digital citizens of the future. The job market is now massively based on digital world and in order to be competitive, children should have the knowledge of computer programming.

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