Here are 6 charts all middle school parents should see. The charts are backed by data from reputed sources like the Brookings Institution, College Board, National Center for Education Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Gallup and more.
All middle school parents will find that these charts collectively reflect the kind of world our kids will be graduating into.
1. Computing jobs are the #1 source of new wages in the United States.
We also see that the computing jobs are infiltrating in every field of study. Their growth is projected at twice the rate of all other jobs. This means that we, as parents, need to prepare our children with computing skills.
2. 71% of STEM jobs are in computing, but only 8% of STEM graduates are in computing.
3. The lifetime earnings of a computer science graduate are 40% more than a regular college graduate
With computer science skills permeating in every field of study, this gap will increase further!
4. You want your daughter to start computer science early.
The diversity problem persists over time. This happens is because although 91% of girls are aware of computer science, only 44% say they are willing to try it. This is similar for minorities — 53% of blacks and 54% of Hispanics are open to trying it.
5. Students enjoy computer science more than we think.
Out of several academic disciplines, here we see that students actually enjoy computer science. Surprising?
6. Most middle school parents want their child to learn computer science, but schools don’t teach it yet.
While most middle school parents do realize the importance of learning programing skills starting at school level, they do not have access to a structured coding curriculum. You can either check out our curriculum or check out the carefully curated list of 19 websites that introduce coding to kids.
Teaching programming to kids may seem very intimidating, especially when there are so many websites that encourage and introduce coding to kids.
Recently, there was an amazing article about how many parents want to teach programming to kids. But unlike reading to your children or teaching them to count, preparing children to code can feel daunting and unnatural.
The article goes on to explain ways in which parents can prepare themselves and spend time with their children and teach programming to kids. It is not as daunting as it first seems.
You can get the full article here.
But, we realize it is hard. You need a lot of time, a willingness to learn coding and the patience to teach it. Some parents might not have the luxury of that. In that case, explore if CodeWizardsHQ’s might be a solution for your needs.
The below video makes a compelling case on how computer science (CS) is finding its way into every aspect of life. Coding skills have become necessary in every field.
As a result, Northwestern Univesity is doing a $165M expansion of their computer science department. And they are versioning out computer science courses for the various subjects – CS for Journalism, CS for Art, CS for Engineering etc.
The key message is this – Whatever field your child gets into, a solid background in coding will set them apart, provide them an edge and give them the skills to thrive.
We’ve all know that we need to teach kids to code.
We’re surrounded by tech. Our children need to understand how tech works so that they are more than just consumers of technology. And, coding is where the jobs will be.
But the question remains, how to make sure our children learn coding.
One path is to use a website that teaches kids to code, but which one?
Here’s a age wise list of sites that teach kids to code. These 19 coding websites for kids are organized by age. The list includes both paid and free resources to give you some ideas.
There is a lot of buzz about how your child should learn to code.
Last year alone, over 100M kids started to learn coding.
Is it a giant fad or a fundamental shift in what our children need for them to thrive in the digital world?
Is it a specialized skill like gymnastics, skating, etc., or is it a foundational skill like reading, writing and arithmetic?
What are the benefits of a learning to code? How does it help raise academic and career success?
How do you get your child started learning to code?
“Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.” – Steve Jobs
Watch this awesome video where Dell employees are encouraging people to join their team. There are and will be a lot of technology jobs out there.
Couple of awesome quotes by Michael Dell that explains the role of technology in human progress. The big picture view that we need to keep in mind as it helps think ahead of the world our children will be graduating into. Read more
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A short 6-minute NPR snippet explores this idea of should everyone learn to code? President Barack Obama and Eric Cantor are making a strong case of how it is the way to prepare our kids for the future. Read more