Desperate need for more expertise in computing, across sectors
The argument below for more computing education is a bit different from the most common one. Yes, industry needs more computer scientists and engineers, so we need to draw more people into those fields. Starting in high school (and earlier) is important because students are getting turned off to computing careers as early as middle school (see Yardi & Bruckman, ICER 2007), so we need to give them a chance to see real computing earlier so that they can give it a fair consideration.
But this piece in Education Week (thanks to John Pane for pointing it out to me!) is also arguing that “all sectors” are “demanding more and more expertise in computing.” Even if you’re not going to become a professional software developer, your field is going to need you to know more about computing. We should do this in K-12, then. This is really an argument for computing for everyone. Yes!
“The demand by industry is far greater than supply. Its not just Google and Microsoft. Its all sectors: health care, transportation, manufacturing. Every sector is demanding more and more expertise in computing.” Private companies say they are developing programs to mentor students and sustain interest in computer science and engineering.