February 26, 2016: Friday news roundup

Happy Friday, everyone! So, the big event for this weekend is the Academy Awards, huh? Well, we’ve got our own celebrities here, so we don’t need to look to Hollywood for star power…

Does coding count as a foreign language?
This is a bit of a head-scratcher. A Florida state senator (and former Yahoo exec) is proposing a bill that would “require high schools to offer computer coding as a foreign-language credit.” The idea doesn’t seem to be getting much support from educators, administrators, or the local media, but it’s an interesting side-note as schools explore ways to equip students with tech skills.

A rising call to promote STEM education and cut liberal arts funding
Meanwhile, in Kentucky, the governor is suggesting students shouldn’t be entitled to state funding if they’re not majoring in a “job-friendly” area like electrical engineering. Needless to say, this one’s not popular among educators either. Full disclosure: your roundup editor was an English/French major.

How job-hopping can actually help your career
We’ve shared the stats before about millennials’ tendency to leave jobs after relatively short tenures. In fact, this behavior has become so widespread, hiring managers have come around to the reality that job-hopping isn’t an automatic “scarlet letter” when they evaluate candidates. This article does, however, offer some advice for being smart and strategic when making job moves.

Dear investors: So you want to take diversity seriously
Here’s a thoughtful and insightful look at corporate diversity initiatives and the substance (or lack thereof) behind them. The authors share some suggestions for how companies can go beyond mere lip service and take real steps to create cultures of inclusiveness.

4 ageist phrases to quit saying at the office
Right now, we’ve got three generations together in the workforce — Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and millennials. And that’s great! We all have a lot to learn from each other’s experiences and points of view. What’s not great is when one generation has negative preconceptions about another and lets that get in the way of doing awesome work together. Every age group should reflect on overcoming such behavior, but this article focuses how younger workers can avoid unconscious ageism.