New York City's proposed computer science curriculum is smart for students, smart for the city
Recently, New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that all of the city's public schools will be required to teach a computer science curriculum within 10 years. The city joins Chicago and San Francisco in requiring public schools to teach the subject. These efforts to teach information technology are coming at an important time: Relative to a bachelor's degree, the value of a high school diploma has plummeted in recent decades. Mean earnings for high school diploma-only holders were 24 percent less than bachelor's degree-only holders in 1980; now the gap is 56 percent. Given what we know about the economic value of computer science and other science, technology, engineering and math skills, offering these skills in high school would help close the gap.
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