Arkansas candidate for Governor: Teach CS in all high schools

January 14, 2014 at 11:40 am 2 comments

Thanks to Duncan Buell for this:

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson is calling for expanded teaching of computer science in Arkansas’ public schools.

Hutchinson on Monday proposed changing state law to allow math or science credit for computer science courses in high school. Hutchinson said he believed changing the law would give schools an incentive to offer the courses and encourage more students to take them.

Hutchinson also called for expanded training of teachers for computer science courses with the goal of teaching of it in every high school in the state within four years.

via LITTLE ROCK, Ark.: Hutchinson: Expand computer science in schools | Technology | Macon.com.

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  • 1. Liza Loop  |  January 15, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Does doing this beg the question? I thought the idea was to get kids to experience more math and science, not substitute one STEM specialty for another. Perhaps letting CS students test out of introductory math courses would be a good way to keep able students from wasting their time in classes when they are capable of mastering the content on their own. This would let them advance faster but ensure that they didn’t miss important material. The risk is that less advanced students might choose an easier CS course and omit skills they will need later.

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    • 2. Mark Guzdial  |  January 15, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      Students already have to choose what math or science today. Why not include CS in that mix? If it doesn’t count, it won’t be taught.

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