Computing in the Core is Launched

October 11, 2010 at 11:06 am Leave a comment

Coinciding with the release of the Running on Empty report was the announcement of the “Computing in the Core” coalition: http://www.computinginthecore.org/facts-resources.  “Computing in the Core” includes Microsoft, Google, SAS, ACM, NCWIT, CSTA, NCWIT, ABI, and CRA. Their goal is “to elevate computer science education to a core academic subject in K-12 education, giving young people the college- and career-readiness knowledge and skills necessary in a technology-focused society.”

Fewer than 65 percent of K-12 schools in the United States offer an introductory-level computer science course, much less rigorous training, according to a recent study conducted by the Association for Computing Machinery and the Computer Science Teachers Association—and an Oct. 6 Computing in the Core summit aimed to draw attention to the need for more computer science teachers.

James Shelton, the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement, spoke of how computer science education was never explicitly included as a part of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition, which works to support STEM education programs for teachers and students.

“We want a well-rounded curriculum for students. That means reading and writing … but it also means the other things that add into making a student well-rounded,” Shelton said.

via Summit: U.S. needs more computer science teachers | Policy | eSchoolNews.com.

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