53242121 submission Submission + - Code.org Disincentivizes Teaching CS to Boys Submitted by theodp on Saturday November 23, 2013 @01:08PM theodp writes: As supporters of Mark Zuckerberg's FWD.us PAC, leaders of the nation's tech giants are lobbying for an increase in the number of H-1B visas to "meet our workforce needs." And as supporters of Code.org, many of the same leaders, their companies, and the politicians receiving FWD.us support have declared a Computer Science education crisis in the U.S., saying there simply aren't enough kids studying CS to fill a projected 1,000,000 CS job shortfall by 2020 (assuming the job vacancies are still there after FWD.us is done). But Code.org is sending the message that boys aren't the answer to this CS crisis with its learn-to-code program which calls for educators who teach Code.org classes where fewer than 40% of the students are female to receive 25% less money from the organization. "When 10 or more students complete the course," explains Code.org, "you will receive a $750 DonorsChoose.org gift code. If 40% or more of your participating students are female, you'll receive an additional $250, for a total gift of $1,000 in DonorsChoose.org funding!" (CNET reports that Slashdot owner Dice supports efforts like Code.org and Donors Choose). The $1+ million Code.org-DonorsChoose partnership appears to draw inspiration from a $5 million Google-DoonorsChoose partnership which can completely disqualify schools from its AP STEM funding (including CS) if participation by female students is deemed insufficient. So, since the NY Times just reported that women account for only about 25% of all employees at Code.org supporters Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, shouldn't their CEOs cut salaries at their own companies by 25% until 40% of their programmers are women?