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Teaching Computer Science Is Great, But It's Not Enough


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Although progress has been made on providing more computer science (CS) education to K-12 students, the U.S. is still years away from providing adequate CS education in all schools so the field can realize its full potential, write University of Massachusetts, Amherst professor Florence R. Sullivan, and Education, Training, and Research scientist Jill Denner. They advocate for educators to teach functional computer science literacy, in addition to opening up access to more K-12 students.

Sullivan and Denner also cite studies indicating white males dominate the most powerful U.S. tech companies, creating inequity and a lack of diversity. "Because of this, we must teach children not just to think about how to design and program a particular technology, but to consider its potential role and impact on society," Sullivan and Denner say. For example, educators should teach students about the ethical ramifications of creating technologies from few viewpoints versus multiple viewpoints, they say.

From Education Week
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