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All children should be taught to code in school
Failing to offer coding at school puts lower socioeconomic student populations at a disadvantage compared to peers who are more likely to have reliable technology access at home.
In Australia, children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are
less exposed to using home computers for academic activities
than children from wealthier backgrounds.
In the UK, many lower-income families are under-connected to the internet at home, with 23% of families below the median income level relying on mobile-only internet access (
Rideout and Katz, p. 6
). Children in these families will lack consistent access to online tools that teach coding.
In the US,
79% of children now have access to a computer at home
, up from 15% in 1984.
Socio-economic status has been shown to influence success in computer science, but
not because of different levels of opportunity to engage in computing
. Instead, a child's upbringing is affecting their spatial reasoning ability which is an important determinant of success in computer science.
The lower socioeconomic student population doesn't need coding education, they need financial assistance and a good foundation first.