A Northwest Arkansas School – getting high praise from the nation’s capitol for helping students excel in computer science.
United States Secretary of Education John B. King Junior was at Springdale High School recognizing the district’s efforts to improve students’ futures through technology education.
He sees technology integrated into all careers.
Dr. King says, “Computer Science is now not just about the field of high tech jobs. It’s really fundamental to so many areas of American life.” He thinks increasing computer science training at schools better prepares students for what they’ll face after graduation.
King says, “To get a great job that’s going to give you a family sustaining wage and opportunities for advancement, you need that post-secondary training; and we want every senior in high school to leave ready for that level of work.”
President Obama’s recent computer science initiative provides four-billion dollars in funding for states to improve their computer science programs – something Dr. King thinks is necessary.
King says, “One of the challenges we’ve seen across the country is too many of our students graduate from high school and then end up in remedial courses when they get to college.” He thinks Springdale High School is leading the way. He says, “Part of what’s so far-sighted and thoughtful on the part of the governor is the state’s commitment to computer science as central to ensuring a quality education for all the young people in Arkansas.”