China Is Teaching Kids to Code Much, Much Earlier than the U.S.

Many parents in China seek to teach their kids valuable coding skills, and they're not the only ones.

With every shift in the economy, parents look for a way to help their children get ahead. In China, one of the latest and most popular methods for giving kids a leg up in the world is to teach them coding. The push is a response to the view that knowing how to program could make students quite desirable in the future job market.


Many Chinese children are now getting exposed to coding by the time they reach preschool, as private coding classes for youngsters open up. Normally, youths of this age are working on mastering math and Chinese, but they may soon possess new skills in technology to go alongside these others.

In this video from 2010, Larry Wall offers a crash course in computer programming:

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