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theodp writes: 'We believe we need a two-pronged approach that will couple long-term improvements in STEM education in the United States with targeted, short-term, high-skilled immigration reforms,' Microsoft argued last fall in its U.S. National Talent Strategy. And supporters of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's PAC created, funded, and appeared on — which lamented the sad state of U.S. CS education and featured a slick documentary showing technically clueless little kids from a Bill Gates-funded charter school — just weeks before launching their pro-techie immigration push this spring. So, as tech billionaires and their lobbyists celebrated Thursday's Senate passage of an immigration bill that now moves on to the House, it probably shouldn't be a surprise that Computing in the Core and, organizations backed by many of the same players, felt the need to issue a press release Thursday announcing their support of a call by U.S. Representatives Jared Polis and Susan Brooks for legislation first introduced in 2010 to address 'the urgent need for more computer science education in the country’s K-12 classrooms.'
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Bashing Clueless US Kids Key to Tech Immigration Reform?

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  • The reason that STEM in K-12 fails is the same when we grew up. It's not cool to sit and code when forwarding meme and lolcats provides instant gratification with them and their peers. Sure there are one-off kids that write pieces of code that timeshift twitter feeds or actual interesting solutions to problem. But most kids are consumers only without the discipline to create. We don't teach invention. We teach regurgitation for standardized tests. And Hollywood's depiction of technology doesn't help w
    • I echo the "consumption" thing : my daughter is easily bright enough to do these things, and into tech. She laps up "Sylvia's Super Awesome Mini Maker Show []" - but by and large, she's content to watch it.

      It's been made so easy to consume, and so easy to occupy all of a kids time with consumption.

      When I was a kid, there was about an hour and a half of TV for kids per day, and you had a choice of two channels. No TiVo, no VHS even, and definitely no internet (not available to me, anyhow).

      As an introverted pers

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them WHAT to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. -- Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.