Monday, December 21, 2009

Declining numbers of High School students are taking Computer Science

This item in the Washington Post reports that fewer high school students nationally are enrolled in computer science.  This does not portend well for domestic enrollments in future for technology oriented information technology programs.  Some quotes from the article:

 Nationally, the portion of schools that offer an introductory computer science course has dropped from 78 percent in 2005 to 65 percent this year, and the corresponding decline in AP courses went from 40 to 27 percent, according to a survey by the Computer Science Teachers Association.

In the spring, the College Board, citing declining enrollment, canceled its AP computer science AB class, the more rigorous of its two courses in the subject.

The result of sporadic or skimpy computer science training is that a generation of teenagers great at using computers will be unlikely to play a role in the way computer technology shapes lives in the future, said Chris Stephenson, executive director of the New York-based Computer Science Teachers Association.

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