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July 21, 2011: ACM Urges Inclusion of Computer Science in K12 Core Curriculum

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Thursday, July 21, 2011


In a statement following the recent release of the National Research Council's Framework for K-12 Science Education, ACM expressed its concern that computing and computer science are not yet included as a core part of the framework for mathematics and science K-12 education despite substantial input from the computing community.

"Computing is by far where the greatest demand for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs is in today's economy," said Bobby Schnabel, Chair of ACM's Education Policy Committee. "But the major efforts by the Governors and the Academy to define what students should know for the 21st Century make little mention of the need for computer science in the core curriculum. This is a missed opportunity to expose students to a fundamental discipline that they will need for their careers as well as their lives."

ACM and several partners expanded on these points in a letter to the NRC commenting on its draft framework in August 2010.