Congress Passes Resolution to Establish Computer Science as a National Priority

Just got this in my mail inbox:

ACM Bulletin Service
Today’s Topic: Congress Passes Resolution to Establish Computer Science Education as a National Priority
October 22, 2009

ACM has joined with several partners from the computing community to commend the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of a resolution to raise the profile of computer science as a transforming industry that drives technology innovation and bolsters economic productivity. The resolution, H. RES. 558, designates the week of December 7 as “National Computer Science Education Week” in honor of Grace Murray Hopper, one of the outstanding pioneers in the field of computer science, who was born on December 9, 1906.

ACM is partnering with Microsoft, Google, Inc., and Intel as well as the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), and the Computing Research Association (CRA) to build awareness of computer science education as a national priority.

Citing the influence of computing technology as a significant contributor to U.S. economic output, the House resolution calls on educators and policymakers to improve computer science learning at all educational levels, and to motivate increased participation in computer science.

I think this is a great news for our industry, especially during the post-recession times. I am sure this will give the industry a much-needed free-publicity and encourage students to take up computer science as a profession. What say ?

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