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The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know

9th-grade CS class, Brooklyn

Ninth graders in a computer class in Brooklyn.

Credit: Sarah Blesener for The New York Times

A few years ago, the leaders of the College Board, the folks who administer the SAT college entrance exam, asked themselves a radical question: Of all the skills and knowledge that we test young people for that we know are correlated with success in college and in life, which is the most important? Their answer: the ability to master "two codes"—computer science and the U.S. Constitution.

From The New York Times
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