tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-18677687.post4775659361358698041..comments2020-02-27T04:16:24.608-05:00Comments on Computer Science Teacher: Interesting Links 21 December 2015Alfred Thompsonhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05575057876858763822noreply@blogger.comBlogger1125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-18677687.post-12227477746448760142015-12-21T13:34:09.629-05:002015-12-21T13:34:09.629-05:00"Should schools count coding as math?" ..."Should schools count coding as math?" That question has been floating around since coding hit high schools. Thirty years plus+? It is still good for a heated discussion. I am sitting here watching the Oracle database get imported into Powerschool so I have about an hour to expound on this topic.<br /><br />The way math is taught now by most schools - no. Of course the way most schools teach math now is about the same way schools taught math before the invention of the calculator much less the computer. Except for some graphing I could pretty much teach our curriculum as it was taught to me in the '60s. <br /><br />If math curriculum were brought into the 21st century I would still say no, but only because CS/programming would be integrated into the math curriculum as a primary problem solving thread. Most of what we math teachers do in the classroom is only seen in the classroom except for the very few that go on to be professional mathematicians. Of course then we get into the baby with the bath water discussion. What do we get rid of in order to bring in programming? <br /><br />If CS were introduced as a separate, stand alone substitute for a math course what would be missed mathematically? Would the loss justify the gain? Would a game writing course satisfy the math credit? What would constitute a math equivalency course? Does programming with Scratch or Alice count or would it have to be something math based using Python or Java? <br /><br />Too big of a can of worms for this kid. Besides, my data base import is done. Back to work.Garthnoreply@blogger.com