Two Washington state legislators have recently introduced a bill that would allow computer science class (e.g., programming) to effectively count as a foreign language requirement for the purposes of in-state college admissions.

Just to be clear, they aren't proposing that programming languages are languages with which two humans can communicate. To suggest such a thing would be idiotic, because most programming languages are subsets of English, and small subsets at that.

What these legislators are proposing is that college students be required to take a natural language course or a computer science course. They're just proposing it in a confusing way that obscures their actual intention. If you're going to legislate the curriculum of state schools, why not just spell out the requirements directly instead of reclassifying computer science as a foreign language?

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