“Computer Science for All”
That’s the name of de Blasio’s new program.
Why? The mayor said it best,
"A computer science education is literacy for the 21st century."
Within 10 years, the City of New York will implement a program that will require all schools to require a computer science education, complete with a competent and trained staff. The trained staff is the toughest portion of the $81 million program. There is no certification for computer science and the number of computer science majors graduating can’t keep up with the current demand.
An estimated 5,000 teachers need to be trained to meet the programs goals. Mayor de Blasio will first look local to fill these positions, a promise that is good for the residents of New York.
The city’s program is part of the long-awaited science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education push in America. The goal isn’t to add to the children’s current course load. It’s merely an option designed to put feelers out to peak students’ interest in a future in computer science.
If teachers could show the students that computer scie...
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During a 2014 NPR interview, Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (small, image of Cantor would show I’m not biased against Republicans, that much)
, a Republican from Virginia said,
"Becoming literate in code is as essential to being literate in language and math."
President Obama (small, image of Obama, preferably not the one currently circulating where he’s holding a beer looking sloshed, would look great here) agrees full heartedly,
"Computers are going to be a big part of your future."
Slowly the U.S. is finally moving education into the 21st century with computer science. With the help of industry leaders, a basic understanding has formed to guide both future employers with properly trained, future employees. The two working in unison will propel American made products back on top where they belong and providing a boost to the country’s improving economy.
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