A teacher killed a girl’s love of programming, and a parent tries to keep it from happening again
The things taught in school, versus the things that don't get their own class, baffle me. I'd love for kids to learn basic Internet safety and security, how to code, and the economics of car and home ownership... things that are important now and will only get more so in the coming years. I know schools are already struggling with funding and a lack of time to get to everything, but c'mon. The world has changed, but what we teach and how we teach it aren't keeping up.
This article from a mother of the one girl in a programming class is heart breaking. She did everything right, her daughter was way ahead of the curve, and harassment stopped that enthusiasm dead in its tracks. It's one thing to point and explain that there is a problem, but the writer goes a few steps further and lays out some no-bullshit advice for how to improve the situation in the future.
Who knows if anyone is listening, or if the teacher in question will pay attention. It's not just important to make sure that children learn a love of practical technology and the creation that it can foster, but we must take steps to make sure that love isn't stepped on and destroyed in the classroom.