Asking the wrong question about “coding”
Posted June 23, 2016on:
The tweet that linked to this article on “coding” enrichment asked the wrong question: Should parents be adding coding classes to their children’s already-packed schedules?
The better questions that any well-informed educator and parent might ask are:
- After investigating: How is this “coding”?
- How is this different from other enrichment sold here?
- Does enrichment mean “good to have” but not “must have”?
- Does this “coding” focus on the more important “computational thinking”?
- Can computational thinking be taught and learnt in other ways? What are these ways?
- Why is “coding” still a separate domain instead of integrated into interdisciplinary learning?
- How is this preparing a child for future if the designs are based on backward models and not sustained?
Have you processed the critical discourse on “coding”? For example:
- American Schools are Teaching our Kids How to Code All Wrong
- Please Don’t Learn to Code
- Will the Push for Coding Lead to ‘Technical Ghettos’?
- Coding Academies are Nonsense
- Kids Need To Learn Digital Literacy—Not How To Code
- Don’t Just Learn to Code, Learn How to Think Like a Computer Scientist
If you do not see the point of the questions or critical discourse, I have something you need to buy.