Cameron Wilson -> Code.org: Getting serious about a public policy impact
This is big news — Code.org has hired Cameron Wilson for a year. Take Code.org’s reach and combine it with Cameron’s understanding of how public policy works. Cool!
Cameron Wilson, long-time Director of Public Policy for ACM, has been given a special assignment for 12 months to work at Code.org as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Government Relations.
Code.org was founded by Seattle tech entrepreneur Hadi Partovi to create, launch, and lead a new initiative for scaling K-12 computer science education. A phenomenal video produced as part of the launch attracted widespread attention. Today, 9 out of 10 schools nationwide don’t offer computer science; in 40 states, computer science does not count towards math or science graduation requirements; the NCAA doesn’t consider computer science as an academic credit for aspiring student-athletes; the recent National Research Council “Framework for K-12 Science Education” ignores computer science, as does the “Next Generation Science Standards” document derived from this framework.
We need to change this. Computer science teaches you to think – it needs to be viewed as an essential component of STEM.