Target: U.S. President Barack Obama
Goal: Require computer science education in all U.S. high schools.
Ninety percent of U.S. schools don’t have any computer science curriculums available to their students despite the growing demand for these skills in the professional world. We are doing a major disservice to our nation’s youth by not requiring all schools offer courses in computer science.
There is a common misconception that computer science means gaming, but this is inaccurate. Teaching kids computer science means teaching them the art and language of developing computer code, which allows for a wide array of professional applications. Not only do computer science skills likely increase professional options, but learning these skills has been shown to improve other skills including sequencing and reading comprehension.
Currently, the lack of computer science education in U.S. schools is creating a problematic “digital information divide” as recent studies have found that those who do have access to these classes are primarily privileged, affluent students. In addition, most students obtaining computer science training are primarily white males. This data shows that limited access to these classes is creating further disparities in educational and professional opportunities.
Other nations such as the U.K. and Australia have acknowledged the importance of computer science education and have officially added the subject to their national curricula. Computer science is becoming an increasingly beneficial skill for students to have as they move into the professional world, and it is high time that U.S. schools start offering courses in this subject to all students. Please sign the below petition to show your support for U.S. students by demanding that computer science be a required subject in all schools.
Dear President Obama,
I am writing to request that you please make every effort to require that all U.S. high schools offer classes in computer science. Coding and computing skills are increasingly in demand in our technological age, and yet 90 percent of U.S. schools don’t have any computer science curriculums available to students. By not offering students classes in computer science, our education system is failing them.
Many people have the misconception that computer science refers to gaming, but it actually refers to the art of developing computer code, which is a highly transferable skill that can be utilized in a variety of professions. In addition, studying computer science has been shown to help students develop skills in other areas including sequencing and reading comprehension.
Another important benefit of requiring all schools to offer computer science is the prevention of a widening “digital information divide,” in which only primarily affluent, white males have access to computer science classes. Hopefully having computer science classes available in all schools will allow students access to computer science skills regardless of class, race, or gender.
Having computer science skills is becoming extremely beneficial and marketable to those who have them, and it is essential that all students are given the chance to learn them. With other nations such as the U.K. and Australia recognizing the need for computer science to be added to their national curricula, it is time for the U.S. to also begin implementing positive change in our education system. Please do everything in your power to give U.S. students access to the education they need by requiring all high schools to offer courses in computer science.
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