The Education System: More Dysfunctional Than I Thought
By Bryan Caplan
And again, Washington state from what I understand, now allows kids to use a computer language in place of foreign language.
Why nervous? Because I’ve mentioned Washington’s foreign language policy in several interviews, but never verified my claim. When I write, I check any fact I’m less than 95% sure of. When I speak extemporaneously, however, my standards are admittedly lower. Yes, adding “from what I understand” acknowledges my lower confidence level. But what’s really going on in the state of Washington?
Two Washington state legislators have recently introduced a bill that
would allow computer science class (e.g., programming) to effectively
count as a foreign language requirement for the purposes of in-state
college admissions. On Wednesday, the bill was presented before the
Washington State House of Representatives Committee on Higher Education.
House Bill 1445 would
amend current state law, which only recognizes “any natural language”
that is “formally studied… including a Native American language,
American Sign Language, Latin, or ancient Greek.”
In sum, I erred. One of the few bright lights of reform that I thought I saw in the current educational landscape was a mirage.