I have to day I’m quite enjoying Code Year, although its promise to send a weekly email to prompt starting the next session has proven rather patchy.
There’s been criticism of Code Year – basically that it doesn’t train people to be professional programmers; and of course it doesn’t; it gives people a basis of understanding of a programming language, which they can take further or not, as they wish. Perhaps it takes away some of the mystique of programming; perhaps too it will give some a taster from which they will see that professional coding is a far deeper skill.
To me it’s a Good Thing; not everyone who starts on it will benefit, but for some it may be a step towards understanding that computers are there to be programmed, not to control us; and towards understanding that we can control them. It’s certainly several steps above the ‘How to use MS Office’ propaganda that passes for ICT in many secondary schools!