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A call to action: Promoting computer science in schools

Ron Woerner | Aug. 25, 2015
Cybersecurity professionals need to reach into their local school districts to help improve computing education.

In the 21st Century, no other subject provides as many opportunities as Information Technology / Computer Science, no matter the student’s ultimate occupation. Yet, we’re failing at an international scale in providing adequate education or even exposure in these subjects. Failure is not an option, because ready or not, the technology is here.

The National Center for Women & Information Technology website Moving Beyond Computer Literacy: Why Schools Should Teach Computer Science offers additional talking points both how and why teaching computing is a must-have:

  • Provides 21st century skills necessary for innovation and translates to high-paying, in-demand jobs.
  • Differs from computer literacy.
  • Can make curriculum more relevant for students.
  • Can help educators better meet accountability goals.

A Call to Action: We need to work together to build our profession, our communities, and our next-generation of cybersecurity leaders. 

  • As professionals and parents, we must go into our school districts and ask difficult questions about how, when, and where computer science, information technology, and cybersecurity is taught in K-12 education.
  • We must demand that schools move beyond the current basic technology literacy curriculum to ensure courses based on fundamental computing principles are part of the core curriculum.
  • We need to ensure every child has access to a computer, because the only way to learn is through applicable instruction and hands-on activities.

For more information on what you can do to help solve this problem, read the Google/Gallup recommendations: Taking Action On, Searching for Computer Science.

As professionals, let’s partner with local teachers and school districts who are trying to make a difference. Help educate the educators and let them know there’s a community who cares.

Next week, I’ll provide other ways for you to get involved through computer security camps, clubs, and competitions.

 

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