Not enough children of color in computer science?
Huffington Post headline reads Obama Wants More Girls And Kids Of Color To Learn Computer Science
A comment reads:
Not enough “kids of color” in computer science? Last I checked their were plenty of Asians and Indians in the computer science field.
Here’s a more serious comment:
I feel like president Obama and the 9 out of 10 parents should first understand what computer science actually means before making statements like that. Saying that computer science is a fundamental skill to have, is like saying that particle physics is a fundamental skill to have. Troubleshooting computers and maintaining computer networks is not computer science, so is not programming. Just like a physicist, Computer Scientists are interested in understanding fundamental principles about the universe. We know that there is gravity but we certainly do not expect anyone to know about gravitational laws if they do not wish to know, why forcing them? I think what the president and the parents actually mean is practical computer skills such as programming, networking and troubleshooting.
I agree that more children, including white children, should be exposed to practical computer skills. Just as I had typing when I was in the sixth grade, it’s even more important for today’s children to have computer skills, and programming ought to be taught as a required subject for college-bound students.
We should also restrict immigration from India so that American young people can get jobs in IT.