Dec 9 2013, 6:15am CST | by Sumayah Aamir
The United States is a postindustrial society, yet it lacks in training its kids in the basics of information technology and computer programming. Nine out of ten schools don’t teach computer science and even when they do, it is an elective subject.
The Computer Science Education Week has started a new program of inculcating the desire for Silicon Valley specialization in the new breed. President Obama especially gave his blessings to the scheme. In his message, he spoke of how the youngsters ought to get active instead of choosing passive interests. Instead of playing a video game, they ought to make one. He also encouraged computer literacy for the future computer scientists among the younger generation.
The Hour of Code initiative is the brainchild of Code.org and it entreats schools to have their various teachers instruct students for at least an hour a week in computer science. Apple, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Bing and Disney will actively participate in this drive by dedicating web pages to it.
Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have already made their respective contributions to the $10 million that got collected for this venture. Over 30,000 schools will incorporate the program into their curriculum. It is indeed an effort that is worth it. And it may well result in future Bill Gates and Steve Jobs that will reach the heights of inventive creativity.
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