Computer Programming as a Second Language?

Computer Programming as a Second Language?

Computer Programming as a Second Language?

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Earlier this month, the Senate in Kentucky passed a bill that would allow computer programming to satisfy the requirement for a foreign language credit. The goal is to enable more students to get better paying jobs in the computer industry. Though the bill still must go through the House, this will likely pass and continue the trend several other states have already followed for implementing the same sort of legislation. New Mexico proposed a similar bill, and Texas already has a similar implementation in place, as does Oklahoma.

Technology certainly is not going away, and the need for programmers to develop software for all of the things we want to interact with is only going to increase. This “Internet of Things” already includes items, such as: dishwashers, refrigerators, washing machines and even light bulbs.

How often is it that we carry the high school Spanish and French that we learned on into adult life? If given a skill in its place, such as this, what more could be accomplished? Would this move cause more students to seek a degree in computer programming in college? That is, only if the college chosen doesn’t require a traditional spoken foreign language credit…

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