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Teachers Say There's a Disconnect in Computer Science Education


A disconnect.

In a survey of K-12 teachers in the U.S. commissioned by Microsoft, 88% of respondentns said computer science is critical for students' success in the workplace.

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Eighty-eight percent of teachers said computer science is critical for students' success in the workplace, but two in 10 said their students are not taught any computer science, according to a survey of 540 K-12 teachers in the U.S. that was commissioned by Microsoft.

The teachers attributed the gap to computer science not being part of their schools' curricula, a lack of funding for it, and computer science not being a subject on which students are tested.

Microsoft’s Mark Sparvell said, "Computer science is clearly in high demand. Teachers see it as a priority, parents see it as a priority from previous research. And yet, it's in low supply."

Sheena Vaidyanathan, a computer science integration specialist in the Los Altos School District in California, said computer science should be part of the core U.S. education curriculum, like math and reading, rather than being dependent on funding and involvement from tech companies.

From EdSurge (CA)
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