Unlike India, countries in the West promote elementary school curriculums to including coding courses and programs. The California state in the US is one example where coding classes are mandatory for students from Grade 3 onwards.
This proactive approach and initiative to teach kids from a young age have many underlying reasons.
- The State government realizes the importance of computer science education, and therefore has been unanimously collaborating with the State Board of Education to design, approve, and implement computer science curriculums from elementary school.
- Coding is expected to become one of the most in-demand skills in the next few years. To balance the supply-demand scenario, California’s schools are readying students to engage in computer literacy as early as possible.
- Coding helps to train and mentor kids to become excellent analytical thinkers and problem-solvers.
- More and more school kids in the US have expressed their desire to pursue a career in Computer Science. Therefore, continuous formal learning and training opportunities enable kids to recognize their potential, and spend time in building their computer science abilities.
- The US government’s efforts in upgrading the technology and innovation industry are ongoing; education young kids in computer science are expected to support the country’s plan of having the maximum computer literate kids in the world.
Based on the approaches and learning models that California schools are following, it reflects that coding is a skill that kids must be taught, and parents must take the initiative to enroll their kids in a good coding course/program.