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Computer Science Now Counts As a Math or Science Credit — Is This A Good Idea?

In 2013, notable people in the computer science world assembled together to launch a new nonprofit called Code.org. Their goal: to get more computer science students into schools. 

People who have contributed a lot in the computer science world, like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, donated millions of dollars to the nonprofit group. According to Code.org’s last annual report, the nonprofit has spent over $91 million between 2013 and 2018, and of that amount, $6.9 million went for the advocacy of state legislation across the country.

As part of the organization’s mission to “make computer science count” in K-12 education, code.org takes credit for having influenced graduation policies in 42 states. Today, 47 states and the District of Columbia allow computer science classes to count in place of math classes like Algebra 2. Prior to the organization’s work, only a few states allowed computer science to count for math credit.
In addition, 29 states passed legislation allowing computer science to count in place of a science course.

The question is, is this good?

Find out more about this topic over at Ohio State News.

What are your thoughts on this one?

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