“Every one of them from Kindergarten to grade 12 will have the opportunity to learn the basics of coding.”
That’s what Premier Christy Clark announced earlier this week at the Tech Summit.
But not so fast.
The BC Teachers Federation says she doesn’t have all of her facts straight.
“It is a bit of an overstatement to say it is going to be all kids at all grade levels.”
BCTF First Vice President Glen Hansman says there are a number of problems with what the Premier said, not the least of which is the curriculum is moving to individualized learning and coding is not for everyone.
“Some kids are really interested in computers and coding, and may be doing a bit more of that. The whole point of these revisions is to get away from some of the mandatoriness and some of the prescriptiveness of the current curriculum, and provide more flexibility. So we can’t have more flexibility and then also be saying coding, which isn’t really new anyway.”
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Further Hansman says there needs to be teachers who are able to teach the kid, as well as the equipment and technology for those kids to learn on.
“It is not really clear how that would actually come about, given the lack of training and hardware in order to do such a thing. Our understanding is that the new curriculum coming out will contain some optional components that might highlight codin,g and other aspects of computer programming things that already exist in BC schools.”
Hansman says the Education minister has already stated there is no new money coming for teaching coding.