Critical thoughts on coding in early school years by Larry Cuban and a great new expression: “tissue paper reforms”.
Some school reforms are like rebar that have lasted for more than a century. Examples? The age-graded school and the kindergarten.
Some school reforms are like industrial-strength plastic-covered packages which cover new toys, computer cables and gifts. After the plastic sheath is pried open, it can be recycled and appears later as fabrics, fencing, and benches. Examples? The New Math, New Science, New Social Studies of the 1960s and 1970s lasting for a decade or so then are recycled years later to reappear later as the New New Math, etc. ,etc.
Some school reforms are like tissue paper that, after one or two uses, shreds and is tossed away. Examples? Coding for kindergartners.
Why is coding for kindergarteners neither rebar nor unbreakable plastic but flimsy tissue paper?
Coding as a Tissue Paper Reform
Teaching young children to code (which may or may not be learning to program) reminds me of…
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