The annual Computer Science Education Week (CSEW) promotes computer programing education. Their latest scheme is the Hour of Code initiative that is funded by Code.org .
Their mission is to introduce coding to students for an hour long program.
President Obama released a video in support of this program and strongly encouraged American students to learn “these skills” because they are “important for America’s future.”
Surprising is the amount of participants with 33,000 classrooms in 167 countries that is focused on school material disseminated by tablets, smart phones and computers.
Tech corporations such as Google, Microsoft and Disney are providing the digital platform by which the president can offer to American youth that the not simply “buy a new video game, make one. Don’t just download the latest app, help design it. Don’t just play on your phone, program it.”
Hadi Partovi, co-founder of Code.org stated that “although only 10 percent of schools teach computer science classes, even one hour of exposure can be enough to change a student’s life, as it did mine. In the 21st Century, this isn’t just a course you study to get a job in software – it’s important to learn even if you want to be a nurse, a journalist, an accountant, a lawyer or even a president.”
Code Academy is another endeavor by Parvoti to encourage youth learn how to code as a live skill, necessary for economic survival of our nation.
This push for computer skilled American generations coming from public schools and higher education is a bi-partisan issue; with both sides agreeing that this is the direction our country needs to take as a “necessary tool of this century.”
Bill Gates is a supporter of Code.org.
In fact, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) published a document entitled, “Shifting into High Gear: Accelerating the Common Core through Teacher Networks” which creates “robust teacher networks to accelerate the impact of their efforts to support Common Core implementation.”
The College Ready Work (CRW) team is an off-shoot of the College Ready Strategy (CRS) provides “existing Foundation partners” to become “networks” for educators to ensure that Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is implemented “successfully”.
Career – ready children are the clear focus of CCSS.
College Measures (CM) released a report finding that degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math are more promising as far as employment after graduation than English majors.
This study was a joint venture between CM, the American Institutes for research (AIR) and the Matrix Knowledge Group (MKG).
Funding for the report was provided by the Lumia Foundation (LF).
This group is comprised of such special interest groups such as:
• Former president of Sallie Mae
• Representatives of community colleges
• Representative of online schools
This report was conducted for the sake of convincing students, parents and lawmakers (including policymakers) that there is little value in higher learning and investments in technical schools will boost enrollment.
Schneider stated: “Until the data about potential earnings among graduates across the nation is unearthed and put to full use, many students will make poor decisions about schools and programs — decisions that will leave them saddled with debt and clamoring for a government bailout.”
The CM report claims:
- Short term degrees yield higher salaries
- Higher tuition does not guarantee higher wages
- Degrees in the scientific field prove more financially rewarding
Since “technical-oriented associate’s degree programs are helping many students successfully enter the labor market by equipping them with skills that are in demand” the encouragement toward a 4 year university seems inappropriate.
Current acceptable skills obtained by lower-level education are:
• Registered nurse
• Police officer
• Dental hygienist
• Diagnostic medical sonographer
Each degree necessitates a fair amount of education; however they are reflective of the lack of actual labor that goes into more respectable positions.
While their pay rate is rising, these are grunt laborers of their respective trades and are not idealized for their social status.
Recently, President Obama spoke to students at State University of New York at Buffalo; a school where most of the student body are made up of children from middle-class families.
The purpose of this speech was to entice residents of lower-profile cities to a new scheme for affordable college.
As part of this scheme, there will be a new ratings system (NRS) implemented to evaluate schools based on the needs of the students; while bring curriculum to those standards as well.
This would connect financial assistance to the value of the student. Those educational institutions that meet governmental standards would be rewarded with more financial aid.