Computer Science Predictions

Alfred made some interesting predictions for CS in 2015.  I agree with many of them, but as Mike said, it’s hard to know exactly how things will pan out.  There definitely seems to be some momentum behind having CS count and getting it into schools.  But will that momentum hold.  What will CS look like in 5 or 10 years?  Will it really get treated like Math and Science?

States could do weird things with CS, like let applications classes count.  Or they could let it count, but no schools will offer it because teachers are hard to find or in the race to build up test scores, they decide it’s not worth focusing on.  CS is as bound up in the issues with the whole system as anything else.

What that might mean is further bifurcation of CS offerings. Schools with wealthier students might offer CS while schools in disadvantaged areas won’t offer it.  So, you’ll get a further skewing of CS in the white, male direction.

That might be one reason to argue not just for letting CS count, but making it required.  What if, of the 6 or so math and science classes most students are required to take, one of them has to be a CS class?  Will we ever get there?  Some schools already require a CS course — a real CS course, not some information literacy course — but I think most are pretty far away from that.  Even my school, which has generous CS offerings, is not ready to make CS required.  Schedules, teachers, testing, etc. all present obstacles to making CS required.

So, I don’t know what to predict except that it’s going to be an interesting ride for the next few years.

One Reply to “Computer Science Predictions”

  1. Unfortunately, I think you’re right about the bifurcation. What I see in NY is the desire to be expedient and political, not good so even if the masses get a required CS course, it won’t be particularly strong. It will be just as bad as the stuff being forced down teachers throats in other subject areas so I guess that’s a level of equal representation, but what a wasted opportunity.

    On the other hand, when done right, a required course can be a game changer. Since I hacked a required course into Stuy I’ve consistently had around 30% girls in our our AP CS classes (which are always hugely over subscribed) and we keep them even beyond that. Since Stuy is only 40% girls, that’s a strong 30%/

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