Watch Barack Obama’s recent Google+ Hangout, in which he discusses the importance of computer science in preparing the USA’s future workforce, in association with the ACM (following on from a successful CSEdWeek in December).
A very clear message about teaching computer science and programming at high school, to develop creators and not just consumers of technology:
(N.B. Obama seems fairly comfortable with computer science, as this interview with Eric Schmidt from 2008 highlights…)
There is a clear benefit here of being in the privileged position of having a massive audience and having good advisers telling him.sensible things.
It seems that the Welsh administration are pushing forwards in the right direction on this too – I look forward to seeing the results!
Cheers Dave, the Welsh ICT curriculum review is exciting — there has been lots of promising policy change in the UK over the past year or so!
Yesterday, computer science education had a good day in America:
(5 min and 9 min version also available)
And don’t forget the fantastic Code Club interview from June 2012: