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How would kids benefit by learning a programming language?

It teaching kids a programming language in grade school becomes the norm, just like learning to read, write and basic mathematics, other than creating their own computer programs, what ways would they benefit from learning a programming language?

Some benefits that I can think of is helping develop independence and self confidence and also giving them an outlet to develop their creativity by being able to have an idea and then create a finished product for that idea.

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  • Feb 11 2013: General coding teaching is coming. Computers are our slaves, if only we know how to tell them what we want them to do. Knowing how to code will make most any individual more efficient at their job because instead of them producing the workload of one person, now they'll produce the workload of multiple.

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