The study of human language and computer languages impart
fundamentally different, yet equally important, skill sets. Coding
belongs in the math and science curriculum, not alongside world
The Maryland House of Delegates, Ways and Means Committee has been presented with a bill (HB1211) that would allow county boards of education to authorize students to satisfy certain foreign language requirements by completing a certain course in computer programming language; requiring the State Board of Education to adopt certain regulations to establish certain courses; and generally relating to computer programming language courses that satisfy a foreign language requirement.
A hearing is scheduled in Annapolis, in the Maryland House of Delegates, Ways and Means Committee, in Hearing Room 130 on Friday, March 8 at 1:00 pm. If you wish to contact the members of the committee, their information can be found here. Please contact Mr. Trey Calvin (firstname.lastname@example.org) at JNCL-NCLIS for more information on testifying in person, or submitting written testimony.
What else can you do to help?
- Write or call your delegates to urge them to oppose this bill
- Take action through ACTFL’s Legislative Action Center
- Promote ACTFL’s position statement on Supporting the Study of World Languages and Computer Science and What is a World Language?