Universal Computer Science Education
About the Problem
The U.S. isn’t sufficiently preparing our students for the job opportunities of the present or the future.
Only 35,000 college students majored in computer science in 2012, nearly half as many as in 2003. The computer science industry needs 150,000 new employees each year, creating a large gap between open positions and prepared workers. While our employers suffer, so do our workers. When American students enter the job market unqualified for modern job postings, they are forced to settle for positions that are under-stimulating, lower paying and that offer less mobility.
Computer science knowledge goes beyond simply teaching students to code: it teaches them the skills necessary to solve unstructured problems and automate routine cognitive tasks. These are the kind of skills that are in high demand in the jobs of the 21st century. Despite the need for these skills, American students are not being encouraged or given the opportunity to learn these valuable skills.
About the Policy
Make computer science courses available to every middle and high school student by 2020. Many local efforts and partnerships are underway to make this possible. But to bring computer education to every school, these bottom-up efforts will need support from the federal government.
Polling data derived from three national surveys conducted by Cohen Research Group in February and March 2016. Each survey had a sample size of at least 1,000 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%
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