Computer Science & Parents l laneback 2018

“Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think”----Steve Jobs:

Parents---- "Coding is the new literacy. It will be the common language that transcends geographic borders, enabling collaboration, creative storytelling, and knowledge sharing. Making sure that all our children are ready and equipped with the skills to thrive in a new world, though, starts with you."

Computer Science

Computer Science Means Rewarding Careers

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that computer science-related jobs will be among the fastest growing and highest paying over the next decade. Job prospects have remained strong despite economically challenging times. Computer scientists also enjoy a wide range of career options since all industry sectors today involve computing (e.g., the arts, film, finance, health care, journalism, manufacturing, music, security).

  • Five of the fastest growing occupations are computing occupations.
  • Computing-related jobs are among the highest entry-level salaries of any bachelor's degree.

"The most important part of the K-8 Computer Science experience is its ability to encourage and support creative expression and problem solving."

Why Computer Science Education? A Toolkit for Parents

"Some parents hear "computer science" and immediately think that they're out of their league. How can any parent, regardless of experience with tech, help kids learn about the field and develop the skills that it requires?"---see the link below
Computer science requires the development of strong computational thinking skills, which can be applied beyond the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to the arts and humanities.
The U.S. has over 500,000 open technology jobs, and code.org notes that these jobs “are in every industry, in every state, and they’re projected to grow at twice the rate of all other jobs.”

Computer Science Gives Students Vital 21st Century Skills

These skills strengthen local community, national innovation, and opportunities for youth. Computer Science - not computer literacy - underlies most innovation today, from biotechnology to cinematography to national security. Yet the majority of U.S. schools require only that students use computers.

Seldom do schools prepare students to innovate and create the new technologies that drive local and national economies. This ability to innovate with technology is also important for students' future success and ability to make a difference in a global society.

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Linda Lee Laneback

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