I’ve been working in and around schools, providing ICT support and in the past as a school Governor and Chair long enough to have seen the squeeze applied to the curriculum by the addition of various IT/ICT schemes of work over the years.
Kids definitely come up against IT in a variety of guises once they reach the world of work and anything that prepares them for that is good in my book but the switch in focus from a vanilla Microsoft Office based offering to the current “in vogue” of kids and coding may be throwing the baby out with the bath-water.
In my experience, most (and I use the term generally and mean no disrespect to those that love ICT) teaching staff are not particularly comfortable or “up” on coding concepts or languages and so leaving the code-crunching to those that staff that have more of an interest and wish to pass that on outside the main stream of the curriculum may help reduce teacher stress and alleviate curriculum cram. Plus, the ICT coordinator may not be a coder!
Margaret Wente of the Globe and Mail in Canada puts more meat on the bones, you can read her excellent article here