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Should all children should be taught to code in school?
Coding is a
and well-paid job: more children should aspire to be coders.
Coding is a well-paid job. The median salary for an individual programmer in the UK is
£30,000 a year
, compared to a median household income of
. But in a prestigious Silicon Valley company, software engineers can make well over
$100,000 a year:
the best-paid coders earn far more than any average salary.
Western economies are suffering from a crisis: working and middle class people cannot find secure and well-paid work. People would clearly benefit from learning the skills they need to get better jobs.
Secure and well-paid jobs are particularly important to traditionally disadvantaged groups.
Coding skills are much needed in today's job market.
Computer science graduates in the UK have high unemployment rates. According to Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2009/10 (HESA), 14.7% of computer science graduates were unemployed compared to 9.1% average - the highest among all subject groups.
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Education should not become too fixated narrowly on employment: just because a subject is relevant to a particular job does not mean it should have a place in schools.
Actively training a new generation of programmers as children will dilute the applicant pool for software jobs and decrease their value and salary.
Coding jobs have
low job security