Our education system is ignoring a vital segment
1306_ 11/08/12 - After hearing this, you will be scratching your head and wondering what the heck is going on in education and who establishes the STEM standards. STEM is known as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math standard in education. Next, you will realize a greater appreciation for the work of our own NCWIT. This is really important! We often talk about preparing our workforce for the jobs of the future, but our education system is ignoring a vital segment and failing to prepare our young students for the jobs that are waiting for them. We are talking to Ruthe Farmer of the National Center for Women & IT. This year Ruthe is the chairperson for the Annual Computer Science Ed Week. CSEd Week designated as the second week of December to honor Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, a visionary in the field of computer science. "We're going to be doing an event in Washington DC, on the Hill, with the STEM Education Caucus on December 12th; We're getting some national attention. We've got a goal of about 7500 pledgers (We reached 3700 last year, so we're doubling every year) to demonstrate to everyone at the policy level, that parents, families, employers, want computer science education in the schools. NCWIT is a partner in the CSEd Week, along with a number of other organizations and companies, working to get computer science education into the core curricula in the K-12 space in the U.S." Go to the CSEdWeek.org website and there are a bunch of activities for everyone to get involved in, individuals, and businesses, universities everyone along the pipeline. The goal is to demonstrate a grassroots interest in computer science education to drive demand so that at the national level policy makers will understand that computer science education is important. "Most people are unaware of the fact that the bulk of high schools do not offer anything that would be considered rigorous computer science. Many schools instead are offering word-processing, using spread sheets or using PowerPoint. Not that those are bad skills but they're not computation. They're not teaching that you should be a designer of innovation. It's like taking drivers ed - it doesn't teach you to be a mechanic. We're really trying to get computer science into... Listen for much more... CSEdWeek 2012, December 9 to 15, 2012, is a highly distributed celebration of the impact of computing and the need for computer science education. CSEdWeek is a call to action to shed light on the vital importance of computer science education for all students.
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LISTEN TO: Ruthe Farmer, Chair, CSEdWeek; Dir. Strategic Initiative, NCWIT
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