VFI Leaders Voice Support for K-12 Computer Science Education

Support is growing for Congress to provide funding for computer science education in America's K-12 schools.

CSEC-logo-with-name.jpgLast month, the Computer Science Education Coalition launched to urge Washington to take action. The coalition includes large and small technology companies, education organizations, professional associations, and trade groups. Many leaders of Voices for Innovation are participating in the coalition -- and they are speaking up and sharing their views.

Just in the past week, two VFI leaders saw their commentaries on this issue published in their state's leading newspapers. Corinne Johnson, executive vice president of ClearPointe, in Little Rock, Arkansas, calls on state business, community, and education leaders to support the push for computer science education funding. 

"Given the central importance of computing to our nation's economy and way of life, it is distressing that only one in four U.S. schools teaches any computer-science courses. We must do better," writes Johnson in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

computer-science-education-583693_640.jpgWriting in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, James Keefner, a systems and security architect at CloudFactors, in Joplin, Missouri, calls funding K-12 computer science education, "a national imperative."

"Countries like China are already taking steps to make sure their kids have access to computer science education from an early age. It’s essential that America’s kids have the same opportunities so that they don’t fall behind," writes Keefner.

You're encouraged to read both pieces in their entirety:

Corinne Johnson, "Fill the Skills Gap; Computer Science Education Vital," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

James Keefner, "K-12 Computer Science Education: It’s a National Economic Imperative," St. Louis Post-Dispatch 

A big thank you to Corinne and James for helping getting the word out about this critical issue! 

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commented 2016-04-26 08:33:13 -0700 · Flag
I’m probably the ‘old guy’ here. Got my MS in Comp Sci, in 1971. I must admit that Comp Sci has (had) been good to me (career and monetarily) for many years. However, somewhere in the late 90’s the profession, has taken a downward spiral. It is no longer a career – it’s a job. Endless deadlines, nano-managing project mangers, cube farm work environment, endless change for the sake of change (this eats your personal time trying to keep up with all the “wonderful new innovations”). No upward career path – unless you think project/IT manager is an advancement.

To add the greatest insult – H1B people replacing full time employees at Disney and Pacific Gas and Electric – and forcing the employees to train their replacements. This is what the corps really think of comp sci people – bodies.

Having developed all kinds of systems, for the past 44 years, I feel qualified
in expressing this opinion. Young people should aim higher than Comp Sci.