Principals and teachers often believe that teaching computer classes to high/middle school students is not that important since the culture right now seems to be saturated with computers. Are they right in this? Let’s find out.

It is an unbelievable scenario that the American culture that is so computer-saturated will, in a short span of years, need programmers numbering about a million. Currently, it’s showing that by the year 2020, there will be approximately 400,000 students graduating from computer sciences courses from colleges and universities. However, the Department of Labor stated in their projections that by that year, 1.4 million computer jobs will need to be filled out. Where does this leave us? Where will these top-paying computer jobs go? To other foreign shores, that will have people ready to meet the demand? Or will the nation be able to cope up with this deficit and have computer experts by the time of demand?

According to the experts, it’s never too early for kids to become interested in computer sciences. The earlier the kids are encouraged, the more inclined they would be to pursue computer science courses in college. One of the ways that this could be done is to increase the computer science offerings in K-12 schools all over the country. This can happen when there are more trained computer science teachers to handle the classes or enrolling on online computer science courses.

Learning the language of computers

Teaching computer coding basics should be the starting point for K-12 computer science classes. Computers have their own set of languages to make the different software work. Symbols and letters should be properly spaced, spelled, and punctuated in order to make sense, just like in any other language. All the applications used on computers such as video games, websites, social networks or mobile apps need lines of codes. Learning computer language is like learning a new language.

Setbacks

The majority of high schools in the United States do not give computer science graduation credit. Most only offer computer science classes as an elective course. School officials and schools have the mistaken notion that classes using computer apps and basic keyboarding are already a sufficient way of teaching computer skills. This type of teaching is not classified as computer science.

Bottom Line

Giants of the digital world are always in a stiff competition to hire the best computer programmers. This need increases as more and more software and apps are introduced to our ever changing world. Drive offers digital literacy, web and coding classes through middle school, high school and adults learning classes. Drive programs can be found here. Contact Ben Johnson to request Drive classes at your school or organization.

Bethany Khashman
Director of Marketing