America is failing its children by not teaching code

America is failing its children by not teaching code

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

“If [employers] don’t help nurture this group of students coming through school now, they’re not going to have future employees” says Deborah Seehorn, chair of the board of the Compute Science Teachers Association (CSTA). According to this article, in 2013, one of the largest fields hiring is information technology. Job postings that stayed unfilled the longest had one main required skill in common: coding. Most colleges in the United States teach computer science, but earlier exposure has it benefits. “Younger kids learn computer science […] it’s not a confusing, endless string of letters and numbers, but a tool to build apps or create artwork” says, Tom Cortina, assistant dean of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science. With a decentralized public school system, many schools are teaching minimal coding, if at all. Organizations, including Google, Square, Black Girls Code, and Teach For America are looking to combat the issue with projects, such as high school code camp.

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