Originally published: January 29, 2013
Last updated: February 14, 2013 - 7:47pm
[Commentary] The future of the U.S. economy depends upon technological progress, and learning basic skills like computational thinking and programming are great ways to expose students at an early age to its importance.
If the U.S. doesn't follow suit, we will lose out in the global economy. By 2018, there will be nearly three times as many job openings requiring computer science knowledge than qualified applicants. This goes well beyond just becoming a professional programmer -- learning computer science can teach problem solving skills, new ways of breaking down complex scenarios, and a means to build something tangible in our software-driven age. We're at a crossroads as a nation. It's inevitable that computation and software will surround us moving forward, and we have a choice between two futures. Future A is one in which everyone has basic code literacy and is empowered to build the future. Future B is one in which only an elite few know how to interact with the system, and the rest remain powerless. Which one do you choose?
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