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Eyes Forward

January 17, 2014

Just how far behind other STEM disciplines are we in computing education? Unlike mathematics and the sciences, we do not have teachers in every school. We do not have a wide range of well-defined, standards-based curricula for elementary and primary levels with supportive materials available to every teacher. In the U.S., there are few pre-service teacher professional development programs available at schools of education, and few states can offer a credential or license to teach that says computer science teacher. How long does it take to build up all that stuff?

Here is one way of measuring the gap:

  • The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is the professional organization of mathematics teachers and administrators in the U.S. It was formed in 1920.
  • The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) is the professional organization for physics teachers in the U.S. It was formed in 1930.
  • The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) was formed in 2005.


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