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1 neilk  Tue, Feb 4, 2014 10:02:08am

I can’t believe Coca-Cola aired a Super Bowl commercial in JavaScript. Last I checked, this was America!

2 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave of the waffle light)  Tue, Feb 4, 2014 11:54:36am

You beat me to that one, neilk

3 Lidane  Tue, Feb 4, 2014 1:55:06pm

Wow. These people are certifiable. Do they really hate every non-English language that much?

We need to stop being so goddamn insular. Travel abroad, learn a new language, get educated about the rest of the world, etc.

4 Origuy  Tue, Feb 4, 2014 4:37:15pm

You can learn a programming language in a few weeks. Human languages take years to achieve fluency. The difference in the level of complexity is enormous.

5 Skip Intro  Tue, Feb 4, 2014 5:51:52pm

So being a Pentecostal should also count.

6 The War TARDIS  Tue, Feb 4, 2014 9:49:00pm

There needs to be a Federal Requirement for schooling to make sure all students are bilingual.

The 3 basic languages offered should be Spanish, French, and Arabic. With Germany’s declining population, it will be far less important than the other 3.

7 wheat-dogghazi  Tue, Feb 4, 2014 11:42:41pm

Yet another example of why politicians need to stay out of curricular issues. Programming languages come and go. For example, AP CompSci used to teach PASCAL. Who uses PASCAL anymore? Spoken and written languages last for centuries. The Spanish I learned 30-40 years ago still enables me to read and speak Spanish.

Naturally, a member of the Republican Party would propose such a stupid idea. Unfortunately, Kentucky also has its fair share of nitwits among Democrats, too.

8 Lidane  Wed, Feb 5, 2014 2:08:17am

re: #6 The War TARDIS

Honestly? In my job search I see a lot of companies looking for people who can speak both Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. The Portuguese in particular would be a huge advantage with a lot of companies that are doing business in Latin America.

9 HappyWarrior  Wed, Feb 5, 2014 4:37:36am

re: #8 Lidane

Honestly? In my job search I see a lot of companies looking for people who can speak both Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. The Portuguese in particular would be a huge advantage with a lot of companies that are doing business in Latin America.

Yeah Brazil is a nation on the rise. Portuguese is going to be important in coming years.

10 Pie-onist Overlord  Wed, Feb 5, 2014 4:48:17am

The customer service center where I work is GLOBAL and even though English is the primary language here we also have engineers who can speak Spanish and Quebecois French for customers who press “2” and “3”.

We are the second tier of support for other service centers who speak:
Mandarin
Taiwan Chinese
German
Urdu
Thai
Vietnamese
Arabic

We don’t have to speak those languages, but we do have to support all the character sets.

11 BusyMonster  Wed, Feb 5, 2014 6:34:24am

I know or have used in the neighborhood of 16 programming languages in my life. The flow of logic and control (what I would call the grammar) is fundamentally the same for all of them because they are all operating the same hardware underneath. Once I understood that, absorbing extra languages was a matter of understanding the very minor “accent” of do-while vs. while-wend, switch vs. select, and so forth, and the commands and function styles of the language. Actually DOING something in a programming language other than saying hello to yourself, you need to learn specific APIs that go with whatever you’re cooking up.

Calling it a “language” is like calling the roller in a player piano a “recording.” It is, but not like you think.

12 aagcobb  Wed, Feb 5, 2014 10:54:18am

In defense of my state, I’ll point out that this bill has only passed the Senate, which is controlled by the GOP. The Kentucky House is still controlled by Democrats, so this bill will likely die in committee.

13 HappyWarrior  Wed, Feb 5, 2014 2:11:04pm

Are they really that hostile to foreign language? I mean I think learning a programming language is an important skill set in today’s world but it’s a different skill set then learning a foreign language. Instead of discouraging learning foreign languages, they should be encouraging it.


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