Schools lagging behind in computer courses

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By 2020, there will be 1,000,000 more computer science jobs than students. However, nine out of 10 schools don’t even offer computer programming classes. Let’s fix that.

Computer programming is the new literacy. It is a vital skill for the digital age. Yet the Newfoundland and Labrador education curriculum is not keeping pace. Right now, high schools in Newfoundland and Labrador offer Webmaster, which is a basic introduction to HTML. The course is often considered an “easy” elective, and is taken by students who are looking for a high grade with minimal effort.

Other provinces, such as Ontario, offer education in computer programming as early as Grade 10. If Newfoundland and Labrador wants its economy to keep up with other provinces, it needs to step up and offer better education in computer programming.

Computer programming is an important skill for the next generation. Please consider reaching out to your MHA, or Minister Education Clyde Jackman. Together, we can bring Newfoundland and Labrador to the forefront of computer programming education in Canada.

James Flynn

Toronto (formerly of St. John’s)

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario

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