A Florida lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow high school students to learn computer coding as a foreign language.
Hola or Bonjour would stop being the only options for a new generation that has lived almost their entire life in the tech era.
And don’t just take the importance of computer coding from Florida’s Sen. Jeff Brandes. Apple founder Steve Jobs once said that “everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer… because it teaches you how to think.”
Not sold on the idea yet? Then take it from NBA’s 2 time champion Chris Bosh: “Coding is something that can be learned. I know it can be intimidating, but what isn’t?”
Still not convinced about the relevance of coding in the 21st Century? Watch this:
Senate Bill 104 would also require state colleges and the university system to recognize the computer coding class credit. “Florida College System institutions and state universities must recognize the credits as foreign language credits”, the bill reads.
Sen. Jeff Brandes’ legislation, however, would require the student and his parents to sign a statement that they acknowledge that a computer coding course taken as a foreign language may not meet out-of-state college and university foreign language requirements.
About the author: Mauricio Holguin is a Mexican journalism student currently at The Washington Center in D.C. He's been a staff writer for Shout! since January 2017.