This has been a wild week. I have read a lot of good blogs, and everyone seemed to have been focused on the same material. We all had about the same pros and cons for coding. I like the idea of coding, but in reality, where do you put it in a classroom? I like a lot of things we have discussed, again, where does it fit. I do not see coding being important for younger kids where others say it is. I don’t see coding being equivalent to a foreign language or as important as that. They are not the same and should not be confused with each other.
I agree that coding would increase creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, and logic. I also agree that kids need to be kids when they are young. Computer science is a fast growing employment opportunity, but so is the medical field. Comments were made that if we don’t teach it, kids will be laypersons. I thought that was a little far fetched, since we all know that those jobs are going to exist, and someone is going to have to do them.
Computer programing and coding are not for everyone, and that’s ok. To make it an optional program should be a choice our children have in school. I think they should be able to try everything, but in reality it is not possible. The biggest factor here is who is to say they are qualified to teach it? I’m not, that’s for sure. To me that’s ok too. I would like to learn the basic to use in a robotics class, but to teach coding, that’s not for me. There are people that study those things and they should be the ones to teach it as a class, not as a 30 minute extra thing in school.
Me using thirty minutes of class time to let four people play with code would be a distraction for the other twenty-five people in class. This has been a great learning experience for me, and I have gained a lot from the blogs that I read. Our future is in technology. We just have to remember that there will be those that use it, and those that build and fix it. But that will not be our entire society.