Chicago Is Making Coding Education Mandatory. Is That a Good Idea?

A school computer science program developer explains the pros and cons.

By Scott Shackford, published Nov. 18, 2015 on

“Just make it a requirement.”

That’s what Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the government should do to make education in computer coding and programming available to public school students.

Should we bristle at the idea of yet another inflexible government mandate in public education or commend Emanuel for recognizing how important computer education is for today’s students as they prepare to enter the work force?