Survey Highlights Reasons for Lack of Computer Science Education in U.S.

Tuesday Aug 25th 2015 by Developer.com Staff
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An emphasis on testing and a lack of communication seem to be part of the problem.

A new survey conducted by Google and Gallup found that while 91 percent of American parents want their kids to learn computer science, less than 9 percent of K-12 principals believed demand was high, pointing to a potential lack of communication between parents and administrators. Principals also pointed to a variety of other reasons why their schools don't offer computer science courses, including the following:

  1. We have to devote most of our time to other courses that are related to testing requirements, and computer science is not one of them. (47 percent)
  2. There is not enough money to train or hire a teacher. (44 percent)
  3. There are no teachers available at my school/in my district with the necessary skills to teach computer science. (42 percent)
  4. We do not have sufficient budget to purchase the necessary computer equipment. (34 percent)
  5. We do not have sufficient budget to purchase the necessary computer software. (33 percent)

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