Educators spoke out against a bill Wednesday that would allow computer programming to count as a foreign language under the state’s education laws.
Language teachers from across Maine packed the Legislature to oppose the bill. Charles Hicks, a French teacher at SAD 49 in Fairfield, says that computer coding can’t teach students about human interaction and culture.
“Let me ask you this,” he says. “Can a student go to a coding country and spend a week or two eating coding food and listening to coding music? No.”