So, I’m a CS teacher at an all-girls’ school. Like many CS teachers, I’m gearing up for CSEdWeek and participating in the Hour of Code event. I signed up at Code.org‘s website long ago. I’m excited by what code.org has brought to the table: famous people, money, slick marketing. A lot of groundwork has been laid by a lot of people and code.org is helping to take that work to the next level. That’s all good.
Yesterday, I received some materials from code.org to promote the Hour of Code. I excitedly opened the package and pulled out what was clearly a few posters and a brochure. I was already imagining where I was going to hang the posters. When I opened them, I was staring Mark Zuckerberg and Chris Bosch in the face. Two guys. Two perfectly legitimate guys, mind you, but guys. My heart sank. Once again, the message is, “Coding is for boys.” I can’t hang the posters. I just can’t.
I realize that no one probably checks whether the materials are going to a co-ed school or an all boys school or whatever. Heck, I suspect the people that stuffed the envelope might not even know that all-girls’ schools even exist. But still.
So many people working hard to get more people coding, and so many people ignoring half of the population. Ugh. I’m getting tired of this fight.