Educational Technology

December 31, 2012

Time to make computer science part of schools’ core curricula

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

By Paula Harris and Ruthe Farmer, Houston Chronicle

There is a critical shortage of qualified job seekers in the computer science field. Yes, even in this time of high unemployment, thousands of jobs, many of them right here in Houston, go unfilled simply because not enough individuals with the skill set companies need exist to fill these positions. The problem is deep rooted: In the United States, fewer than 25 percent of students have rigorous computer science courses available to them. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of students participating in computer science training has decreased from 25 percent to 19 percent over the last 20 years. And those who do show an interest in the field find that most public schools simply do not offer an up-to-date, rigorous computer science curriculum.

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