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All children should be taught to code in school
Children already spend too much time in front of computer screens. Introducing coding lessons at school just leads to more screen time.
In the US, children aged 8 to 11 spend
an average of 3.6 hours a day in front of screens
. The suggested limit is
two hours per day
Too much screen time is harmful for children.
Screen time takes away from other activities children should be doing.
Programming is active, staying in front of a screen is passive. They are not related.
The increase in time in front of computer screens that might come about from adding coding classes to the curriculum can be offset by cutting back on other forms of screen time.
Coding does not mean nor is it equal to screen time. Many unplugged activities can be used to teach the fundamentals of coding.
If children are going to be on computers all the time anyway, knowing how to code may be an effective way to make this time more productive. Computers are an important part of our world now, so to dismiss them as harmful seems short sighted at best.