Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Schools offer fewer computer science classes

Fewer students seem be interested in computer science courses, and some educators worry that future employees may lack essential skills for the workplace. These same young people, who know their way around the Internet and social networking sites, may not know how computers and the Web actually work.

Why the concern? A survey by the Computer Science Teachers Association reveals that the number of schools offering introductory or advanced computer science courses has declined since 2005. The website CSEdweek.org explains why computer science education is important:

  • It exposes students to critical thinking
  • It is essential for success in the digital age
  • Too few students are exposed to opportunities presented by computer science

The Washington Post takes a closer look at the issue.

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