Computing and the Common Core

Cameron Wilson, Communications of the ACM, Mar 26, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes


One of the things I've wondered about common core is why language and maths are the big winners. From where I sit, things like science and explanation, logic and critical reasoning, and learning how to learn are equally important. And the author of this post makes a good case for computer science (which by itself manages to incorporate both language and mathematics, and much more besides). But that's the problem with a core generally - the selection of what constitutes a core is ineliminably political, and therefore all (so-called) 'common' core initiatives are (thinly disguised) political campaigns. Via Computing Education Blog. Image via Russo. See also Alfred Thompson, Where does computer science belong? Also, this: "Pick a random high school in the United States. With enormous probability, it will have zero computer science."
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