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Coding is becoming more and more essential in today’s world for using and manipulating technology, as evidenced by Florida law maker’s proposals.

In the proposal, the law maker’s suggest students have the option of taking a coding course in place of the school’s two foreign language requirements.

“This (coding) is a global language today,” said Sen. Jeremy Ring (D) of Margate, the bill’s sponsor, at a hearing on Wednesday. “Computers and programming have become part of our global culture.”

“You can translate languages across the Internet through coding, but you can’t do that without coding,” Brooke Stewart, a 16-year-old sophomore in Tampa, told Reuters.

It will be interesting to see how the proposal will be received, as many legislators are from a previous generation where coding is looked at as a non-essential talent and speaking a foreign language comes much more in handy.

Updated: February 15, 2016 — 5:00 pm

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