Computer Science Classes Ignite Innovation

By Chris Lee ’16

Allowing students to obtain the skills required to excel in an advanced technological world, Mayor de Blasio has announced that within 10 years all public schools in NYC will be required to offer computer science to all students.

His utopia of education stems from the words equity and excellence. By 2025, students will receive computer science education in their elementary, middle, and high schools. The computer science program requires students to take classes in coding, robotics, and web design. These classes will allow students to gain critical thinking skills and interact with technology necessary for modern society.

This incredible program and reform will help future generations of students to strive for success and hopefully prepare for the tech- savvy future. This program is a great idea, helping all students from different backgrounds to learn the essential computer skills necessary for success.

There are many advocates of Mayor de Blasio’s proposal.

According to nyc.gov, Fred Wilson, Founder and Chairman of the New York City Foundation for Computer Science Education said, “I applaud Mayor de Blasio’s bold and ambitious effort to reimagine what education can do in the digital era. It is critical that every student in NYC gets exposure to the concepts and fundamentals of computer science –‎ the defining skill of the 21st century – in elementary, middle, and high school. And that’s what Computer Science for All is all about.”

This new program is expected to be available by 2025, with 1.1 million students participating. The cost of the program Computer Science for All will be around $81 million in a span of 10 years, sponsored by City of New York, New York Foundation for Computer Science (CSNYC)Robin Hood Foundation and AOL Charitable Foundation.

Not only does the new program focus on computer science, but on other aspects of education. Mayor de Blasio expects that by 2025, the graduation rate of high school seniors, now 67%, to be 80 percent; now 67 percent, all high schools to offer AP courses, and all elementary students to meet their literacy level.

On nyc.gov, Mayor de Blasio said, “Our schools must run on the twin engines of equity and excellence. These reforms take tools proven to drive success and make them the new standard for every student and every school. These are the building blocks that will ensure our students and this city can compete in a world that demands more education than at any time in our history.”

Another advocate of the program, Tim Armstrong a CEO and Chairman of AOL, said, “Historically, New York City and the rest of the United States have seen the cultural, economic and social benefits of investing in next-generation technologies and education. The contributions AOL Charitable Foundation and other partners have made alongside the Mayor’s Office will allow children of all backgrounds to share equally in the future of a software-driven economy and continue to bolster New York’s position as one of the leading technology cities in the world.”

This innovative program will teach new skills to the students who live in a fast paced technological society. Mayor de Blasio has announced that the city is requiring up to 5000 teachers to be trained to teach students  computer science. He also expects to see an increase of number in students taking AP exams throughout the city by encouraging females to become involved in technology. Alongside this issue, approximately 120 high schools don’t offer the AP exam courses. This prevents students from being college ready. AP Computer Science is only taken by 71% males and the 29% females. De Blasio wants to use the new program to encourage females to become interested in computer science.

With this educational reform, the city wants  to encourage students to strive for the best and expects  future graduates to be prepared for this fast paced society.

The newly renovated computer lab in room 345
The newly renovated computer lab in room 345

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