I remember learning BASIC in 8th grade (1998). My instructor had about 20 years of experience and made the following observation, as computer use has increased in schools, the quality of their programming has decreased. I will make the push to limit severely computer use in my household by children. Most of the skills that one learns are not unique to computers. For example, computers harm the ability to spell. grammar check doesn't help one learn grammar. If they want to learn about computers, i'll teach them to program.