Computer science (CS) education helps students acquire skills such as
computational thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration. It has been linked
with higher rates of college enrollment (Brown & Brown, 2020; Salehi et al., 2020),
and a recent randomized control trial showed that lessons in computational
thinking improved student response inhibition, planning, and coding skills (Arfé et
al., 2020). Since these skills take preeminence in the rapidly changing 21st
century, CS education promises to significantly enhance student preparedness
for the future of work and active citizenship.
CS education can also reduce skills inequality if education systems make a
concerted effort to ensure that all students have equitable access to curricula
that provide the needed breadth of skills, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or
socioeconomic status.

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