Coding Curriculum: High Schools Reprogramming Classes
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2013 Sep 24
Beaver Country Day School (Chestnut Hill, Mass.), a private school for grades 6 through 12, has beome the first school in the United States to implement computer coding into each of its classes.
It's a new, albeit eccentric, experiment. The school isn't launching mandatory programming courses into the schedule, exactly, but is instead having its teachers introduce coding (ideally, in the most organic ways possible) into their respective subjects. Calculation-heavy courses such as math and science, as well as humanities such as English, Spanish and history — even theater and music — will all be getting a coded upgrade.
True, Beaver may be the first of its kind to experiment with coding in every class, but the idea that more high school students should take STEM-related courses — particularly in programming and coding — isn't new. The private sector has for years been pressing 6th-through-12th-grade schools to prepare kids earlier on for the tech-heavy workforce lying ahead of them.
Some high schools have begun to offer programming courses as electives, but that is largely still a rarity. Beaver's staff believes it's time to revamp the curriculum as a whole — if only to better, and realistically, prepare its kids for the 21st-century economy.