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September 28, 2010: Why is K-12CS Education Fading as Digital Economy Grows?

Today's Topic: Why is K-12CS Education Fading as Digital Economy Grows?
Tuesday, September 28, 2010


ACM and the Computer Science Teachers Association will release the startling findings of its computer science education standards report, Running on Empty: The Failure to Teach K-12 Computer Science in the Digital Age, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Wed., October 6, 9:30 - 11 a.m.

The event also features the launch of Computing in the Core, a coalition of associations, corporations, scientific societies, and other non-profits that will raise the national profile of K-12 computer science education. A panel of renowned education leaders from corporate, non-profit organizations, and government, including U.S. Department of Education's Jim Shelton and retired Chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corp Norm Augustine will engage in a lively dialog on this issue.

At a time when computing is driving much of the nation's job growth and scientific discovery, Running on Empty reports that roughly two-thirds of the entire country have few computer science education standards; there is deep confusion about computer science standards in K-8th grade; few states include computer science education as a core academic subject for graduation; and flaws exist in the certification process for computer science teachers.

Computing in the Core will engage federal and state policy makers, schools, teachers, education groups, the public, and the media to meet its goal of advocating for K-12 computer science education.

For more information on this event and to RSVP to attend, please view the event invitation (PDF download). Responses are due Friday, October 1.