Looks like England is getting on the Year of Code bandwagon and working to ensure their kids have the opportunity to learn code. Here's a report by the BBC.
... And our own push is being lead by Code.org.
What a great way to engage students at what is all around them in their daily life. We're in the information age, but using textbooks and strategies to prepare them for jobs of the past and preparing consumers -- instead of creators.
I've observed the code push by some mission driven technology educators. The room is alive with many of the 21st century skills, creativity, exploration, entrepreneurship... The teachers were almost slowing the kids down to ensure that had some pieces of background knowledge and a level of conceptual understanding.