Australia’s prime minister doesn’t get why kids should learn to code



Question Time in Australia’s Federal Parliament is hardly a place for elevated discussion — after all, this is when spurious references to Judas, Dr. Goebbels and the Nazis fly about like confetti.

Still, it would be better if Prime Minister Tony Abbott did not use the parliamentary session as an opportunity to make light of a serious problem: The future of skilled, tech-savvy labour in Australia.

On Wednesday, Bill Shorten, the leader of the Labor Party and Australia’s opposition, asked the prime minister whether he would commit to supporting Labor’s push to have coding taught in every primary school in Australia. This is an important step, he said, “to ensure our children have the skills for the jobs of the future economy.” Shorten posted the video on his Facebook page. Read more…

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