Should Students Be Able To Take Coding Classes For Language Credits?

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The Kentucky Senate just passed a law that will let students take computer programming classes to satisfy their foreign language requirements. Do you think that's a good move?

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What this new law means is, rather than taking three years of Spanish or French or whatever, kids can choose to learn to code. Sure, whether it's Java or German, they're both technically languages. But they're also two very different skills. You could easily argue that it's still very necessary for students to pick up a few years of a foreign tongue—though, on the other hand, coding is a skill that's probably a hell of a lot more practically applicable for today's high school students.

I, for one, have said countless times that if I could travel through time, I probably would have taken some computer science classes in college. Too late now, but not for Kentucky teenagers. So what do you think of this new law? [Courier-Journal via The Loop via Engadget]

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brentrose
Brent Rose

No. They should be encouraged to take coding, definitely, but being able to speak a foreign language (even if only a little bit) is extremely important for humans being able to interact on a global level. The U.S. is already miles behind every other developed country on this front, and it hurts us.