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Does Nationwide Computer Science Adoption in K-12 Depend on NYC's Experiment?

Implementation of technology in the classroom is almost pointless without proper understanding of the machines. New York City is hoping to change that by going on a campaign to offer computer science to every student in the district. It’s a challenge, however, if completed, it may mean a more national approach to computer science courses in the K-12 curriculum.

“Beginning next school year, the New York City Department of Education will launch a Computer Science for All program, which will reach ‘full implementation in all grade levels by 2025,’ according to a news release.

“The goal is to offer computer science courses for 1.1 million students, in elementary through high school, by 2025, which will cost approximately $81 million over the next 10 years,” according to EdTechMagazine.

What use to seem like a difficult task is no longer as daunting. Students are being exposed to more technology in the classroom. That only fosters more room for curiosity when it comes to the world of technology. According to the article, the computer science courses aren’t going to be a graduation requirement. Middle and high schools will also be able to choose whether they want to offer them solely as electives.

"It is critical that every student in NYC gets exposure to the concepts and fundamentals of computer science –‎ the defining skill of the 21st century – in elementary, middle and high school. And that’s what Computer Science for All is all about," says Fred Wilson, founder and chairman of the New York City Foundation for Computer Science Education, according to the report.

However, it isn't just students in NYC, it's students all across the country that deserve a shot at finding a new skill, hobby or even career through computer science. It’s about looking to the future of education, which is clearly revolving around technology.

"This thing that [New York City public schools] is doing is going to be looked at as a grand experiment," said Adam Enbar, CEO of the New York-based Flatiron School.

"If successful, it could be replicated around the country. But the way it's executed will determine the success of that."

The biggest task is getting the entire country on board with a new program. It hasn’t been easy to get teachers, administrators, students or parents on board with Common Core Standards. However, STEM learning has been widely adopted which bodes well for the new computer science push.

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Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor.

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