A recent headline from courier-journal.com caught our attention last week: Computer programming would satisfy foreign-language requirement under Kentucky bill.
That's right--according to Senate Bill 16, learning to code would carry the same weight as learning Spanish, French, or German in school.
Supporters of this interesting bill believe it would "help prepare students for good-paying jobs in the computer industry." If the bill passes and other states follow suit, more public schools will be required to offer programming courses. In a world where 9 out of 10 schools don't offer Computer Science (according to code.org), this would certainly be an improvement.
So far, the bill has passed the Senate Education Committee with a 10-1 vote. Whatever the final ruling of the bill, it bodes well that communities are advocating the implementation CS courses into the school curriculum. In the meantime, tens of thousands of students continue to turn to iD Tech summer camps and teen programs for the quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education they may not have access to during the school year.
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