The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) recently announced a partnership with Code.org to expand computer science education in K-12 education. The goal of this partnership is to provide every K-12 student with exposure as a “rigorous discipline that includes some serious exposure to programming, systems, languages, and computer architecture.”
ACM President Vinton Cerf said, “Reforming K–12 education to incorporate serious computer science seems vital to producing an informed public that has a deeper appreciation for the power of computing than video games and social networking.” Cerf also stated that an education in computer science would better prepare students for one of the projected 1.5 million job openings in computing-related fields over the next 10 years.
In addition, ACM has been pursuing an initiative elevate computer science as a core science along with mathematics, physics, biology, and chemistry. Cerf added that, “The discipline of writing and debugging software, of creating simulations or interactive applications has the potential to draw many into the profession, or at least to provide even more with a sense of the core role computing is playing and will play in the decades ahead.”
According to Hadi Partovi, CEO and founder of Code.org,
“We’re excited to be working together to change education policies and grow cultural awareness in support of widespread computer science education. We are building a strong executive team to deliver on the community’s vision for the future of computer science education. ”
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