FROM Hadi Partovi
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.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.