Should every student learn computer programming?

Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg and Stephen Hawking and will.i.am and Ashton Kutcher and Michael Bloomberg think that all students should learn basic computer code. That, at least, is what they say in this video at code.org, a new non-profit foundation dedicated to growing computer programming education.

Code.org says that there is a worldwide shortage of computer programmers and that  “computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.”

Should it?

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.
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Valerie Strauss · March 3, 2013