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It’s All Greek to Me

“With this bill, we’re putting a stamp on it: Florida is a technology leader in this country,” Florida State Senator Jeremy Ring boasted. “We are truly, in this state, pioneering something that I believe will be a very significant trend.” The bill Ring referred to was SB 468, which the Senate approved to allow computer coding classes to count toward foreign language requirements for high school students. Opponents of the bill say it could place a burden on public schools’ already inadequate technology resources. The bill doesn’t come with any additional funding. Senator Jeff Clemens also debates the premise that computer code is a language instead of a science. “This debate is not about coding,” Clemens said. “It’s about whether or not we value culture and whether or not we value foreign language as a means to teach that.” Clemens directly challenged Ring, asking if he considered someone who learns computer coding bilingual. “In my mind, I think yeah,” Ring said. (MS/Miami Herald) ...main( ) { while (TRUE) { printf("Politicians need to stop mucking around in education.n"); } return 0; } .
Original Publication Date: 06 March 2016
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