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May 2014: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Lately, Coding

This article is about a new wave of teaching computer coding at schools in the US. Accordingly, there is a national educational movement in computer coding instruction that is growing at Internet speeds in the US. Since December, 20,000 teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade have introduced coding lessons, according to Code.org, a group backed by the tech industry that offers free curriculums. in 2013, came Code.org, which borrowed basic Scratch ideas and aimed to spread the concept among schools and policy makers.
To many parents computer coding looks less like an extracurricular activity and more like a basic life skill, one that might someday lead to a great job or even instant riches. Bill Gates and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, have put up about $10 million for Code.org. Across the country, districts are signing up piecemeal. Chicago’s public school system hopes to have computer science as a graduation requirement at all of its 187 high schools in five years, and to have the instruction in 25 percent of other schools. New York City public schools are training 60 teachers for classes this fall in 40 high schools, in part to prepare students for college.
As a teacher, parent, student in Iran, what is your position towards this program?
(You can read this article in Farsi, here.)