It’s estimated that only about 10 percent of K-12 schools teach computer science. Some companies are trying to fill a void in American public education by teaching kids computer programming basics. The push comes amid projections that there will be far more tech sector jobs than computer science graduates to fill them.
Public Science Project has been successful at enlisting the help of young people and motivating them to engage in highly academic work in large part because they value what those youth bring to the table. This model offers interesting insights for educators struggling to motivate and challenge learners that seem disengaged or disinterested in learning.
Educators often try to motivate students to work hard in school by emphasizing that college is the best path towards economic and social mobility. But getting a college education isn’t just about earning money in the future, it’s also about intellectual passion.
Public school teacher Larry Ferlazzo shares ideas and tips about how to balance curriculum needs, test prep and the bigger goal of helping students develop the motivation to learn for themselves.