“Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn to code.”

We couldn’t agree more!

As you probably know, the United States has constantly lagged behind in global math and science scores. As the New York Times reported this past December, “In the United States, only 7 percent of students reached the advanced level in eighth-grade math, while 48 percent of eighth graders in Singapore and 47 percent of eighth graders in South Korea reached the advanced level. As those with superior math and science skills increasingly thrive in a global economy, the lag among American students could be a cause for concern.”

I would argue that a substantial part of the issue is what we’re not teaching. In 41 states, coding courses do not count toward high school graduation. This is a terrible oversight for several reasons:

1) The backbone of computer programming is … math and science.

2) Computers have become a necessity in our culture, on par with food, water and shelter. Global and national business transactions, online connectedness to family and friends, mobile applications, web-based games and social media are all computerized elements that are daily fixtures for most Americans.

3) Because of the computer industry’s relative youth (we’ve only been using the internet for a little more than 20 years) and still untapped potential (mobile and cloud for example), possibilities for growth are virtually endless.

So wouldn’t you think the leaders of our educational system would start putting two and two together, identify this huge opportunity and create a game-plan to proactively solve a problem that is as crystal clear as bottled water? The stats are available for all to see. Here’s what we’re looking at:

Infographic Coding

Thankfully, the non-profit, Code.org, has taken notice and is dedicated to growing computer programming education. It’s time we engage our legislators, youth and education professionals to make the changes necessary to embrace computer science as the present and future of math and science.

And if you have a couple minutes, check out Code.org’s video, “What Schools Don’t Teach,” starring a who’s who of the computer industry, including Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and many more.