NBC Bay Area: Teaching Kids to Code and the Digital Divide

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Reading, writing and arithmetic used to be the three basics of a solid education. But in this age, more kids are learning to code as well.

Thousands of kids and teens are being taught coding skills at public schools and private academies across the Bay Area.

“Coding is an essential, basic technique that teaches kids how to think and how to problem solve,” said Wayne Teng, co-founder of The Coder School. The school has three locations in Cupertino, Palo Alto and San Mateo. “We definitely think it’s a very essential and basic skill."

 

HTML, Javascript and Python are some of the languages of a new literacy -- computer literacy. Yet these skills are out of reach for a number of Bay Area kids, creating a digital divide.

Parents pay between $200 to $400 a month for classes at The Coder School for their children, depending on the package.

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