By Roblimo from Slashdot's how-can-you-be-in-four-places-at-once-when-you're-not-anywhere-at-all? department
Quoting our intro from yesterday's 'Part One' video
: 'The Technology Education And Literacy in Schools program (TEALS
to its friends), started with one volunteer, a Berkeley CS grad named Kevin Wang
who taught high school for a while, then went to Microsoft for a much
higher salary than he got from teaching. But before long, he was getting up early and teaching a first period computer science class at a Seattle-area high school that was (sort of) on his way to work.'
TEALS is now in 130 high schools and has 475 volunteers in multiple states but still has a long way to go (and needs to recruit many more volunteers) because, Kevin says, fewer than 1% of American high school students are exposed to computer science, even though "Computer science is now fundamental in these kids' lives." He doesn't expect everyone who takes a TEALS class to become a computer person any more than chemistry teachers expect all their students to become chemists. You might say that learning a little about how computers and networks work is like knowing how to change a car tire and cook a simple meal: skills that make life easier even for people who don't want to become mechanics or cooks.Read Replies (0)