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Please see our editorial below our jobs listing, Where is Software Development Education in our Schools?
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Software Development Education in our Schools?
Information Technology is one of the most important industries in our country, yet one is hard pressed to find any educational offerings for middle or high school students. Kids throughout the country are using technology everyday in their classrooms, libraries, homework sessions and communicating. Yet, less than 2% of these same kids are offered K-12 classes in software design, engineering and programming.
The following essay,Comparing an Education in India vis-à-vis one in the US, written by Sumit Gupta, an Indian native, describes the differences between the US and Indian educational approach and curriculum. Although a few years old, this fascinating examination provides one man’s view of the reasons why the US is dramatically falling behind.
John Jeltema, CEO of eNamix IT Staffing agency notes that, “compared to 15 years ago, at least 50% of the candidates we place are non-US citizens. US citizens are only being exposed to IT education in college curriculum, versus other countries like India, who are exposing their students at a much younger age.” Jeltema points out how ludicrous it is that courses are not offered in school and kids have to turn to online curriculum. Online courses pile on more homework and studying in courses that are not designed for 12-K students.
Thankfully, a handful of programs, businesses and schools are dedicated to flourishing these skills in middle and high school students.
The Technology Student Association (TSA) states that 180,000 middle and high school students nationwide aspire to be future engineers, scientists and technologists and that TSA is the only student organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students interested in technology. TSA is supported by educators, parents and business leaders who believe in the need for a technologically literate society. Members learn through exciting competitive events, leadership opportunities and much more.
Another advocate for middle and high school IT education is Google. Their Google Code-In project was a competition to introduce pre-university students to the many kinds of contributions that make open source software development possible. It ran from November 26, 2012 to January 14, 2013. For many students the Google Code-in contest was their first introduction to open source development. The project worked with open source organizations, each of whom has experience mentoring university students in the Google Summer of Code program, to provide “bite sized” tasks for participating students to complete.
20 New York schools have been elected for the New Software Engineering Pilot Program to begin at the start of the next school year. According to nyc.gov, the schools will receive comprehensive computer science and software engineering curriculum for the 1,000 students expected to participate this fall and by 2016, the program will grow to 3,500 students. The program is part of the City’s work to prepare students for college and careers in the technology sector.
Jeltema concludes that, “our successful future in the Information Technology sector demands that our schools, businesses and government agencies take charge of this inequity. We encourage you to discuss this topic with your congressman, your child’s school district and/or your employer.”
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