February 2nd – #CS4All

I’m a little late to the party, but I was catching up on past post…

February 2nd – #CS4All

January 30th, 2016 – On Saturday, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, gave his usual Weekly Address.  This speech built off of the State of the Union speech a few weeks earlier and emphasized the importance of education, but then he went on to describe preparing students for the future, for jobs that don’t exist yet and that is where Computer Science education and “#CS4All” started trending.  Suddenly I started getting emails, text messages and my twitter was going crazy.  Those of us fighting this battle considered this a huge victory.  What we believe in and have been working towards has finally come – a mandate that all 50 states recognize Computer Science and to give all children a chance to learn it.

As we move forward on this announcement we will find the work as only begun.  Working with states to approve Computer Science licensure, standardizing curriculum for students to get to learn actual Computer Science instead of PowerPoint disguised as Computer Science (not that there is anything wrong with PowerPoint…).  I was somewhat critical of the NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s #CS4All announcement, having been in schools and seen the disfunction that sometimes exist.  With President Obama’s announcement, I feel that states will have to start looking at teacher education in this area and come from a top down approach.  Stay tuned!

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