The data is unequivocal. 90% of parents want more coding education for their kids in our schools. They see the future. They hear about 1 million unfilled computer science by the year 2020. They realize that true digital literacy means creating, not just consuming, on-screen experience.
Yet according to the Computer Science for All Consortium, and a recent Google/Gallup study in USA Today, just 8% of our school principals believe there is high demand for CS education among parents.
We sympathize. With so much pressure on today's principals, it's impossible to fit everything in. But one easy next step in CS education at any elementary school? Family Code Night. It's free, it's a great first or next step for any K-5 school, and kids and families love it. In just a few hours time for an Organizer and a Presenter, using idle school resources on one evening, any school can host this delightful and important school event.
Read all about it: on the White House website, in the New York Times, or here on our Home page. And get your free Family Code Night Event Kit today!
The gender gap in computer science learning starts early. In our experience in providing opt-in after-school classes to thousands of kids at 15 area schools, girls' enrollment is far lower among fourth and fifth graders. Societal forces, even at such a young age, persuade far too many girls that coding is for other kids, not them. We suspect the same is true for at-risk youth. Our conclusions? Start CS learning grades K-5. Create girl-friendly classes and clubs (e-textiles, 3D design, animation). And engage K-5 parents and guardians to support and celebrate kids' CS learning.
Thoughts and suggestions welcome in Comments.