Last week, two Google representatives co-authored a piece in the Huffington Post about what they consider to be a “major flaw” in the Common Core State Standards: the lack of computer science content.
Maggie Johnson and Jordan Lloyd Bookey, Director of Education and University Relations and the Head of K-12 Education, respectively, seek to raise awareness on the issue. They cite the latest employment projections for 2010-2020, which project a 19 percent increase in employment in computer and mathematical occupations—compared to a 14.3 percent average increase for all other growing occupations.
Considering that the CCSS were created to better prepare students for the future, their concern is understandable. While the CCSS does include a “technical subjects” portion, it is part of the English Language Arts & Literacy standards, so the focus is on writing “informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes.”
But in a world where technology is so prevalent, is being able to describe a technical process in writing enough?
“This is a serious issue considering the key role computer science and computing plays in our economy, society and our everyday lives,” Johnson and Bookey write. “Advancing our students’ understanding of the principles and practices of computing is critical to developing a globally competitive workforce for the 21st century.”
What do you think, should the CCSS include computer science? If so, what exactly should these new standards entail? If not, why?