It always feels like we’re making strides as a community and culture, until a study comes out telling us, but wait, there’s more. Not that all the data should be taken at face value, but it’s important to be aware of the messages being put out there.
Take, for example, this recent study that says “three states in the U.S. didn’t have any girls or African Americans take AP computer science exams, despite the fact that the number of students taking the AP computer exam increased 24 percent from last year.”
While it may seem like a small thing in the scheme of the horrific violence and injustices going on in our daily lives, these statistics and studies are essentially saying that our kids are not advancing in education, which means less opportunities for them as they become adults.
The facts are that, as reported by U.S. News & World Report, by 2020, there will be some 10 million STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) job openings. Even if the kids— or you –don’t want to pursue a career in these areas, you’ll likely need to stay ahead of the STEM curve in your own industry. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.
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