This article discusses a growing movement to legitimize computer programming as a core high school level course, and to make it in some cases a requirement. Code.org, a tech industry backed group has reported that tens of thousands of teachers are now introducing a basic programming curriculum, and that over 30 major school districts, including Chicago’s and New York City’s, are adding programming classes this coming fall.
The article states “It is a stark change for computer science, which for decades was treated like a stepchild, equated with trade classes like wood shop. But smart phones and apps are ubiquitous now, and engineering careers are hot. To many parents - particularly one here in the heart of the technology corridor – coding looks less like an extracurricular activity and more like a basic life skill, one that might someday lead to a great job or even instant riches.”
Well said. As a recruiter, I see the demand for tech workers every day, as well as the excellent salaries they command. It’s at times the bane of my life that I can’t find these men and women in sufficient numbers to meet this demand. I also see that foreign educated workers, here by the tens of thousands, are needed to meet fill the gaps. Our economy may be flat, but this sector is hot.
As a parent of a college bound child, I’m also painfully aware of the cost of college, and the levels of debt many accrue in pursuit of a degree. This difficult situation becomes downright tragic if recent college grads fails to find well paying work in their field. I strongly suspect this seldom happens for those grads with STEM related degrees.