Saturday, September 28, 2013

Mandarin or Code? Code.

Should you teach your young child Mandarin Chinese or computer programming code?  According to this (admittedly biased) Wired article, teach them code.  From the article:
What those parents likely don’t realize is that the same neural mechanisms that make kids sponges for Mandarin likely also make them highly receptive to computer languages. Kindergartners cannot become C++ ninjas, but they can certainly start to develop the skills that will eventually cement lifelong fluency in code.
And encouraging that fluency should be a priority for American schools, because it is code, not Mandarin, that will be the true lingua franca of the future.
Looks like there'll be some computer code teaching going on in my home in the not-too-distant future!