NYPost: The folly of teaching computer science to high school kids–CS teaching and the teacher shortage
I’ve raised my concerns about where we’re going to find enough teachers for the NYC initiative (see blog post here). I found it interesting that the New York Post is raising the a related concern. They’re going one step further than I did. In general, we have a national shortage of teachers. Will growing CS teachers be stealing teachers away from math and science?
For instance, who the heck is going to teach it? There is already a shortage of qualified math and science teachers across the country. And let’s stipulate that the pool of people able to teach computer science is much smaller than those who can teach biology. And then there’s this: What kind of recent graduate with any knowledge of computer science would volunteer to teach in the New York public schools? They make oodles more money in business and get oodles more respect and opportunities for merit-based advancement in a private or parochial school.