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Math, English, History, Computer Science: the new required subjects

Math, English, History, Computer Science: the new required subjects
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What did your daily schedule look like back in high school? I bet it included classes like math, English, history and government. While all those classes are still required for kids today, there are also some major changes in the works. Namely, states across the country are now offering computer science classes as a required subject to help prepare students for jobs of the future.

Right now, 25 states and Washington, D.C., have rules that allow students to take computer science classes to satisfy graduation requirements. That's a big step up from just nine states in 2013. Historically, students at schools that offer computer science can only take it as an elective. I, for one, am glad to see this new development, because it makes it easier to take the courses and means more of our kids are being prepared for the technology jobs of the future.

Data compiled by Code.org show that at current rates, the country will have 1 million more computer science jobs than students with computer science degrees by 2020. Jobs in computer science on average are growing at two times the national average.

While the trend is encouraging, there is still work to be done if we hope to give all students access to computer science education.

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