Call For Greater Focus On Computers In STEM Education


Evan Charles, the founder of Launch Academy, writes in an op-ed in US News & World Report, “Focusing on STEM is a smart investment based on pretty solid evidence,” but adds that the thrust of the focus may be misplaced. Charles cites research predicting most future STEM jobs will be in computing and suggests we should invest in computer education, noting that computer skills are becoming “essential” even in non-STEM areas. He argues that computer literacy should be a core component of middle and high school education, but focuses on coding camps as a solution because they “address the problem more quickly and directly than changes to our overall education can or will.”