Want to kick start your next semester with a new language? According to a survey by Ocado Technology, French, which has long been a highly learned language in primary schools, is seemingly being kicked to the side when it comes to the Python computer language.
The python language, according to Python’s website, is an “interpreted, interactive, object-oriented” programming language. Python is extensible in C or C++, a programming language useful in a real time situation, and usable as an extension language.
Python can run off of Unix variants, Mac, PC and more, which makes Python a “portable” machine.
“For a student who has never programmed before, using a statically typed language seems unnatural. It presents additional complexity that the student must master and slows the pace of the course. While learning to use a statically typed language is important in the long term, it is not necessarily the best topic to address in the students’ first programming course,” read the Python website.
What makes Python, a programming language, more popular than a spoken language is the usage between spoken and programming language in society. The modern era has helped create a society that’s driven by technological advancement, and in turn has created more jobs in that field.
According to the Labor Department, a software developer has an unemployment rate of 2.7 percent with nearly 140,000 expected jobs opening. With this in mind, the best option for the future generation could be programming, so it makes sense that more children are being pushed towards programming languages rather than spoken ones.
While French and other spoken languages help students understand new cultures and worlds, they don’t necessarily imply job marketability. Since the loss of cultural knowledge is still a terrible thing to occur, the best option, if possible, would be to maintain both a spoken language as well as a programming language course. That way students won’t miss opportunities on either side.