Skip to comments.The Ambitious Plan to Teach 100,000 Poor Kids to Code (Guess who's in charge of it?)
Posted on 06/19/2014 8:04:57 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
#YesWeCode looks to close the coding inequality gap
Shortly after Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in February 2012, liberal activist Van Jones was talking with his friend Princeyes, that Princeabout the circumstances of the shooting.
More I think he made the observation, Jones told TIME, that when African-American young people wear hoodies people think theyre thugs, but when white kids wear hoodies you assume that theyre going to be dot-com billionaires, a reference to the outerwear favored by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his ilk. We just started thinking: Well, how do we turn that around?
Out of that spark was born Yes We Code, an ambitious initiative of Jones Rebuild the Dream organization aimed at preparing 100,000 low-income children for careers writing computer code. While good-paying blue-collar jobs continue to disappear in the U.S., computer science is a rare bright spot of opportunity for people without a college education. This is another opportunity for people to make a really serious, solid middle-class income, said Jones, a former environmental aide in the Obama Administration.
Its an old yarn by now that computer science is one of the fastest-growing, highest-paying career paths in America. By 2020, half of all jobs in the STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering and Math) fields will be in computing, according to the Association for Computer Machinery. The latest salary survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers says the average starting salary for computer science majors in 2014 is more than $61,000just about $1,000 shy of the top earners, engineering grads.
Contrast that with the fact that computer science education in STEM has seen a decrease in enrollment in the last 20 years, with a particularly precipitous drop in the past decade as school districts have reconfigured curriculums....
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good luck on this one
And yet Suckerberg wants to vastly expand H-1b visas to import their replacements.
Yeah, it’s that simple.
000100 IDENTIFICATION DIVISION.
000200 PROGRAM-ID. HELLOWORLD.
000500 ENVIRONMENT DIVISION.
000600 CONFIGURATION SECTION.
000700 SOURCE-COMPUTER. RM-COBOL.
000800 OBJECT-COMPUTER. RM-COBOL.
001000 DATA DIVISION.
001100 FILE SECTION.
100000 PROCEDURE DIVISION.
100200 MAIN-LOGIC SECTION.
100400 DISPLAY “ “ LINE 1 POSITION 1 ERASE EOS.
100500 DISPLAY “Hello world!” LINE 15 POSITION 10.
100600 STOP RUN.
Why don’t they just teach these kids to make Ferraris instead? s/
Are they going to chemically raise their IQ somehow?
Because they’re not Italian.
They have employment for life. With rare exceptions like mass layoffs, certain employees are not fired no matter what.
Hack’n for Treyvon!
That day is almost over, IMO.
I think there are a couple of good points here.
One, a self-avowed communist is embracing capitalism.
Two, if he can get black kids interested in education, kudos.
Maybe they can get rid of the stigma of black kids studying who are then accused of acting white. Its not acting white. Its doing what works.
I wish him success.
I can vouch for its passing... information technology is now a contractable commodity.
I hope he pours ALL of this time into this and spends $100 million doing it.
I think after he finishes tearing his hair out he’s going to learn a very, very good lesson.
It would sure be one way of getting around the “acting white” canard.
10 goto 10
Programming is fun.
Naw! As soon as the kidz discover the fun of writing malware it’s in like Flint.
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