Stop talking about the need for computer science and start teaching it

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/11/24/stop-talking-about-need-for-computer-science-and-start-teaching-it.html

This article outlines the steps we need to take in order to make the switch from simply talking about needing computer science education to physically teaching computer science education. 

    • Susan Granata
      Susan Granata

      Amanda,

      Thank you for sharing this article. I think many of us share the frustration that Mr. Bobick writes about here: that the need for a full computer science curriculum is here and our education department is not ready to meet the need of our students, and the needs of their future employers.

      Through this assignment I find that there are many opinions on what needs to be done, and very few plans on the actual HOW to get it done. How do you transition schools to teach computer science along with computer literacy? (Because really, students need to learn to keyboard effectively concurrently with the computer science programming they need.) In my middle school, we have a real scheduling problem - not enough periods to teach all the courses required along with our electives. We would love to add a computer science course, and we have the staff to teach it, but not the time in the schedule. It is a truly multi-faceted problem.

       

       

       

      • Gerald Ardito
        Gerald Ardito

        Susan and Amanda,

        You both raise good points here.

        I agree that us no consensus about what to teach in terms of CS education.

        One of my goals in this course is to also ask two other questions, namely how and why we should be teaching CS.

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