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Music, art, or sports should be on par with technology

RE: “Kids don’t need to know how to code” [Viewpoint, Jan. 9]:

I have been teaching technology for more than 30 years and I am completely in agreement with Gemma Seymour.

Unfortunately, the closed mind of technology training does not allow my colleagues to see that reality. In my country, Colombia, there is currently an obsession with robotics and Arduino, an “open-source electronic prototyping platform enabling users to create interactive electronic objects.”

Maybe one day we can understand that not everyone will be programmers, and that music, art, and sports should be as important in a curriculum as mathematics, science, or technology.

Juan Ramon Gonzalez Urquhart
Bogota, Columbia

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Originally published in The Commons issue #496 (Wednesday, February 6, 2019). This story appeared on page D3.

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