Keep computer coding, foreign language credits separate

02/28/2014 | Huffington Post, The

While some states have considered allowing high school students to use computer programming course credits to meet foreign language requirements for graduation, some educators say a computer coding language and a foreign language are not the same and that the two should remain separate, write international careers expert Stacie Nevadomski Berdan and Marty Abbott, executive director for ACTFL. They say foreign language learning encourages critical thinking and understanding of cultures, among other things, and that allowing students to use computer science credits could hurt their chances of getting into colleges that require foreign language study.

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