Students, Teachers Bring Computer Science Classes to High School

According to the nonprofit Code.org, only 10 percent of U.S. high schools offer programming. Surprisingly, some high schools in the innovative Bay Area of California do not constitute that 10 percent. Fortunately, thanks to some persistent and ambitious students (and the petition they delivered), two high schools in San Jose will begin offering AP computer science.

Still, simply adding coding classes is just one hurdle. Schools must then hire teachers qualified to teach computer science, not exactly an easy task given that California doesn’t offer a computer science teaching credential. Additionally, hiring a new teacher means letting go of another teacher so districts often rely on attrition to drive course decisions. Finally, the new coding classes must compete with traditional electives like art and music for enrollment.

Once all those hurdles are cleared, students, families, and the teachers still face a lack of hardware and Internet access at the student’s home.

For full story, see San Jose Mercury News.

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne is a writer for Edtech Times who is most interested in technology's role in culture. When she is not combing the web for the latest in educational technology, she is reading classic literature or watching the game on TV. You may know her from Gradeable, Boston.com, Emerson College, Busa Wine & Spirits, UMass Dartmouth, or Burlington High School.