They aren't saying force every kid to take programming and become coders.
Do any of you have kids in high school? I do at the moment, 2 in high school and 2 more about to enter high school. What they are saying, there is a requirement to take 2 years of a foreign language. Instead, you can substitute 2 years of programming instead. That way if you are someone who is into coding and wants to become a programmer or just doesn't like foreign language, then code to meet the requirement.
I live in Illinois, here kids are required to take 4 years of gym in high school unless they meet certain requirements to get an exemption. The school district I was in was about to make some changes to the program and tons of parents showed up and fought for the exemptions that ere in place. 1 man said, only time gym was of any use to him was basic training as a marine. Another worked in college admissions and she said they don't even pay attention to gym grades or attendance.
At some point, our education starts becoming less about learning the basics of society and turns into preparing for your future chosen career. For most, that happens in high school or college. Once you hit that point, many of the, you must take 4 years of this, 3 years of that, 2 years of that start forcing motivated kids who know what they want to do to fight through the drudgery of a stupid class they get nothing out of.
For the record, I was a high school athlete and am fluent in second language and can get by in a couple of others. I am also an engineer. I enjoyed gym, but would much rather have been able to get more AP classes. I learned something from foreign language in high school, but what I took in high school was a waste as french is not what I am fluent in.