Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Coding, but not Science

This weekend, the New York Times published a feature on the rise of computer programming in the K-12 schools, which has been driven by the tech industry-supported organization code.org.

Code.org has led a misguided effort to allow computer programming courses to substitute for high school graduation requirements in math and science, and this effort has succeeded in nine states, according to the Times.  I’m convinced that every student should have computer programming experience in high school.  But computers exist and run because innovators knew their science and math.  Reducing the already too-thin math and science requirements for high school graduation to allow advocates for computer programming courses to wimp out of the hard work of adding a new subject to every student’s academic program is a terrible idea.

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