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Why Isn't Computer Science Catching On in Schools?

June 03, 2016
By Jarrod Whaley

A recent report from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation reveals that in spite of skyrocketing demand among students and parents, Computer Science remains underrepresented within the standard high school—and even college—curriculum. The report lays out what would seem to be a highly compelling and clear-cut case:

To maintain the field’s current momentum, the perception of computer science needs to shift from its being considered a fringe, elective offering or a skills-based course designed to teach basic computer literacy or coding alone. Instead, it is time for computer science to be seen as a core science on par with more traditional high school offerings such as biology, chemistry and physics, which have been the focus since the 1890s. Furthermore, universities should capitalize on the growing interest in computer science and expand their offerings to accommodate the growing demand for courses in the field.

Computers are so obviously a part of every facet of our lives at this point, so it's more than a little puzzling that CS isn't yet intertwined with educational programs at every level. There's a lot of work to be done here.