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Tools to help you advocate locally
Letter to teacher or principalSample text to explain the importance of computer science to teachers and administrators
Making computer science fundamentalRecommended policy ideas for states to make computer science central to K-12 education
Make computer science count for graduationOne-pager to convince your school, district or state that computer science should satisfy existing high school math/science graduation requirements
Why computer science in K-12Generic presentation to convince your school, district or state that computer science is important to teach in grades K-12
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Computer science drives innovation in the US economy and society. Despite growing demand for jobs in the field, it remains marginalized throughout the US K-12 education system.
Currently, 27 states allow students to count computer science courses toward high school graduation.
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Leaders and trendsetters agree more students should learn computer science
President Bill Clinton
At a time when people are saying « I want a good job – I got out of college and I couldnt find one, » every single year in America there is a standing demand for 120,000 people who are training in computer science.
Computer programmers are in great demand by American businesses, across the tech sector, banking, entertainment, you name it. These are some of the highest-paying jobs, but there are not enough graduates to fill these opportunities.
Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.
Our policy at Facebook is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find. There just aren’t enough people who are trained and have these skills today.
NBA All-star, Miami Heat
Coding is very important when you think about the future, where everything is going. With more phones and tablets and computers being made, and more people having access to every thing and information being shared, I think it’s very important to be able to learn the language of coding and programming.
President, American Federation of Teachers
Computers have and continue to change the world around us, and programmers continue to be essential. But I know first hand from studying FORTRAN that many of us get intimidated by it and we shouldn’t be. Computer programming has become far more accessible to teach and learn, and our country needs more students to learn it.