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Is Coding the New Cursive?

While teaching cursive is making a comeback in some school curricula, another group is pushing for making something very different a basic part of elementary education., a non-profit organization, argues that public educators should teach all children the basics of programming, and they’re offering to help them acquire the tools to do it. Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Miami Heat center Chris Bosh were just a few of the big names to plug’s mission in a short film that debuted on the organization’s website:

There are obviously a lot of details to work out here, and a lot of questions to answer about whether this is the right approach, but in general we like what we’ve seen so far.’s core goal is a smart one: all educators should be thinking more carefully about how to re-invent education and revamp curricula for the 21st century.

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