|Do you think programming should be taught at the basic education level?
Definitely, it really is the foundation of modern life and should be taught for the same reason you should learn about buildings, mechanics and wiring a plug. You don't have to become a master of something just to gain a benefit from understanding the basics. I also disagree with the argument that "other people" will learn those skills so most will likely never need to know the details. Its not a waste of time to train your mind to learn and encourage knowledge in others. Often information will prove useful in ways you don't expect, and a base knowledge is often useful in understanding the things around you. The same goes for computing, more people understanding the basics would likely further raise the bar for the experts, and allow alot more hobbyists to solve alot of the simpler problems. (I sit myself somewhere in between the two groups).
I am convinced that an ability to program is a generally good thing - possibly even better than studying law - in giving students practice at clear thinking and reasoning. It is especially helpful to budding engineers.
Yes, and I'm on a mission to make it happen in my community.
I think you can learn things from programming that go way beyond programming itself. IMHO, nowadays everyone should have a basic understanding of what programming can do and what not. Gadgets like iPads and other things are around us every time and it is a good thing know how they work.
I would actually recommend that
Yes, more so as each year passes. It's a tough one to teach though as the core skill imho is to think in a logical way which to me means common sense, and you can't really teach that, but I guess you can at least give people the framework to start with.
Programming ? Not really. Algorithmic ? For sure
i think, language classes are more important.
It's getting to the point where computers are very important in every aspect of life, in every profession.
When in my undergrad, I had a friend studying biology who needed to do some basic batch scripting (windows DOS) for some DNA sequence analysis program she had to use for an assignment.
I see such requirements getting only more relevant in the future, so YES. Some basic programming should be taught, be it BASH scripting or whatever
I think more people should be exposed to programming so they at least know what it is. A lot of people don't realize that software has to be written.
Programming is also a "gateway-drug" to a passion for math and science, but it gives a very hands-on and tangible way to work.
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