Advantages and disadvantages of programming education

2019-05-20 午後3.09.10

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Advantages and disadvantages of programming education

Based on the ‘Japan Revitalization Strategy 2016’, which announced by the Japan Economic Revitalization Headquarters, they have decided that programming education will be compulsory in elementary schools from 2020, junior high school from 2021, and high school from 2022.

A lot of media are taking about because this plan starts from next year.I think people who are not familiar with programming have no idea why they will be required to study.

So, in this article, I will write about the pros and cons of programming education.


Here we will introduce the benefits of programming education.

Lead to social development

For People who don’t understand programming at all, maybe they have no idea how important programming is, our daily life is surroundings by full of programming.

In addition, the Internetization of everyday items is rapidly advancing due to Iotization. Agriculture and other primary industries are likely to be more efficient and productive by using programming.

Children’s vision will be more opened

By touching programming from young helps children to have many more options for the future.

Twenty years ago, who would have imagined that programmers are in high demands? Another twenty years from now, probably, there will be a new occupation.

For that reason, there is no doubt to say that learn programming that linked to various things will be a huge benefit for children’s future.


Next, I will introduce the disadvantages of programming education.

Lack of teachers

It will be compulsory in elementary school from next year, and after 3 years it will be compulsory in every single schools in Japan.

How many teachers can teach programming? Are there enough teachers to teach hundreds of children?

Also, how many people can teach useful programming that can actually be used and high quality of it even they can teach?  Even if it becomes compulsory, there is no point if they cannot maintain the quality of education.

Maybe, the low quality of programming study leads children to hate programming.

More children prefer to play inside now

The biggest disadvantage is maybe children become more indoor person.

Primary school children and junior high school students are growing a lot. And,outdoor activities and club activities help children’s body grow in healthy way.

It is also possible to have an bad effect on their health if they spend more time indoors because they become too passionate about programming.

Also, the actual physical experience may be reduced. The opportunity to actually get in touch with people may be replaced by the time that they face the computer. Programming education has both advantages and disadvantages.

However, if we don’t actually start, we never know what will happen. There is a great possibility that the future will be  lighten up. So, there is no need to worry about the disadvantages only. This is a topic that you do not want to miss.

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