How Will AZ Prepare Students for the Future? By Mandating One Hour of Coding Classes
Here’s a story that SHOULD appear in the Onion but is, alas, true: on Monday, the Arizona House advanced a bill passed by the Senate that requires every Arizona student to take a one-hour class in computer coding sometime between the fourth and 12th grades. As reported by Laurie Roberts of the Arizona Republic, the thinking behind this bill, introduced by State Senator John Kavanaugh goes like this:
“We’re simply trying to show young students what coding is so they understand the concept,” the Fountain Hills Republican told the House Education Committee. “More importantly, they realize it may be something they’re interested in and something that they’re capable of learning.”
And where will the teachers come from? The cloud! Ms. Roberts writes:
And oh yeah, the teacher doesn’t have to actually know anything about coding. According to the bill, they can tap code.org, a Seattle-based non-profit that offers online tutorials on basic coding skills.
This is classic legislation: it’s fast, cheap, and easy. Too bad addressing the root problems of so-called failing school is slow, costly and difficult.