This week I am taking a break from privacy to share our plans for the summer. When the sun shines, we will be outside swimming, hiking or biking. During our frequent rainy days, I try to sneak in a little education. This summer, we will be attending Codecademy.
Codecademy has free online lessons on computer programming. Many schools are rethinking their digital curriculum and asking if all kids should learn some computer programming in school? The arguments range from “I would no more urge everyone to learn programming than I would urge everyone to learn plumbing” to “[programming is] essential if schoolchildren are to understand the networked world in which they are growing up.”
I do think kids should learn some basic programming. In school, we learned some simple programs in BASIC. Although BASIC and FORTRAN are long gone from my resume, I still remember how to talk to a computer. My kids may know about “griefing” or “tl;dr” but they have no idea what is a bit or a byte. With technology shaping how we interact with the world, a little understanding of how it all works is essential.
So instead of building another fort in Minecraft, we signed up for Codecademy.