Does Your School Teach Computer Science? Should It?

More courses in STEM subjects, teaching more students how to code, and getting more girls and women into traditionally male professions (ie, the STEM subjects) are all big topics these days. The main issue that all of these things address is that as our world develops technologically and becomes more tech dependent, we will need more students trained in disciplines that can support that, and currently, there is a huge skills gap

The handy infographic below takes a look at how to unlock the code to student success, and addresses computer science specifically, and how few schools teach computer science courses at all.

Does your school teach computer science? Do you think they need to? Weigh in by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.

Missing The Mark on Educating Our Students in Computer Science

  • By 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer science jobs, but only about 400,000 CS graduates
  • That gap will create an untapped market of about $500 billion!
  • Only 10% of K-12 schools teach computer science
  • Only 19 states count computer science as a credit for graduation
  • Since 2005, intro to computer science course offerings have decreased 17%

 

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2 Comments

  1. Nickie Fanning

    May 20, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I completely agree that computer science should be taught in schools. When you look at the statistics, there is going to be a serious shortage of graduates from the computer science field. America used to be number 1 in STEM areas, but this is no longer true. We need to put more computer science in schools in order to keep up with the rest of the world, and to give our children everything they need to be successful. scratch.mit.edu is a great site to use to get students interested in coding.

  2. Will McCambley

    May 22, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    These facts are so compelling. I was really surprised to see that computer science courses have been decreasing in number – it seems so counterintuitive. Luckily, I think that parents and educators are becoming much more aware of the benefits kids can receive from learning to code. I work for Code HS , and a huge percentage of our non-school affiliated users are parent / kid combinations working through content and learning to code together. It’s really cool to see.

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