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Computer science education: The ‘why’ and ‘how’

Computer science education: The 'why' and 'how'

Advocates say computer science education is fun–and essential

computer-scienceCalls for more integrated computer science education have increased in recent years as studies show that computer science degrees lead to high-paying jobs that help boost the economy.

Computer science, which includes programming and coding, is the highest-paid college degree and jobs in the field are growing at twice the national average, according to Code.org, but fewer than 2.4 percent of college students graduate with computer science degrees.

Some states are working to change that. In May, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill that counts Advanced Placement (AP) computer science as a math or science credit. The course previously counted as an elective, meaning that many students passed it over for other courses that would meet graduation requirements.

(Next page: Why computer science? Plus, take our poll.)

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  1. stormingrobots

    November 1, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    In order to be competitive in this digital era, basic computer science skill should be taught not because we want to increase the chance of everyone being a computer scientist, but simply just to equip students the skill to be effective in whatever realm they are interested in go in. Take, e.d., just to be highly resourceful to find what they need. Just going to library, driving long distance to communicate with connection, etc., is not longer the most effective way. Being somewhat tech savvy has become a minimum skill needed on the knowledge belt. I personally think Computer Science should no longer with an elective, but a core, basic fundamental knowledge for this digital generation.

  2. stormingrobots

    November 1, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Take another step further, I do not agree using video game as a major avenue as it can easily get students to be a passive thinker. Nothing truly puts “learning with fun” into practice like robotics. It is really not just for math and science inclined students, if you do it right, it can be used for any topic which needs creativity.

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