Monday, November 17, 2014

Is Coding the New Second Language?

Is Coding the New Second Language? | Innovation | Smithsonian:

Coding is a skill that is more and more valuable in the digital age.  There are a number of individuals and institutions who want to make coding qualify academically as a second language.  This would mean that you could have the choice of taking coding classes instead of the traditional foreign language credit classes like Spanish or French.  There are several arguments for and against this movement.

  • Read the following articles about this movement to make coding qualify as an alternative language credit.  

Should Coding be the "New Foreign Language" Requirement?

Coding as a second language? Kentucky jockeys to be next to join the movement

Coding is a New Language for all 6th Graders in Minnesota School District

Is the best second language Java, Python, or Ruby?

  • What are your thoughts on this issue in general?
  • What do you think are the strongest arguments for and against coding as a language credit (from the articles above)?
  • Do you think coding should (or should not) be allowed to replace foreign languages as a credit?  Why?