Lawmaker proposes programming as a second language

Lawmaker proposes programming as a second language

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Most high school students take French or Spanish to fulfill their graduation requirements, but a bill filed this past week in the state legislature would give students another option.

Sen. Jacob Candelaria (D-Albuquerque) filed the bill that would allow courses in computer programming languages to count in public schools as a second language.

“This creates an option for those kids who want to go into the tech field, but don’t have time in their curriculum,” Candelaria said. “I don’t think there’s a better skill we can teach them than how to use technology, and how to become entrepreneurs in that sector.”

Candelaria said he thinks emphasizing computer science will make New Mexico’s youth more competitive candidates in the workplace after graduation.

“We’d be the first state in the country to adopt an approach like this,” Candelaria said.

Candelaria said he’ll be meeting with the governor this week to discuss if it will be allowed to be considered during this year’s legislative session.

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