Coding in Schools: Should It Replace a Language Requirement?
Legislation is pending in Kentucky that would let high schoolers get foreign language credit for learning to program computers. New Mexico is considering similar legislation. It’s already law in Texas. The idea is that learning to code will help students prepare for the jobs of the future. But just because HTML and Java are called “languages” doesn’t mean they are the same as learning a spoken foreign language. Ironically, some opponents of these pro-code laws are the most pro-code people.