President Obama in his State of the Union said “In the coming years, we should build on that progress, by … offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on Day 1.”
He’s not the only proponent of this idea. The biggest public school systems in the country, New York City and Los Angeles Unified, have both announced that they’re moving toward exposing all students to computer science. Coding is also newly part of national curricula in the U.K. and Australia.
The United States, of course, has no national curriculum. The Computer Science Teachers Association estimates that only about one-tenth of the high schools in the U.S. — to say nothing of middle and elementary schools — offer a computer science course today. Read more from NPR.org here.