"Ninety percent of schools just don't even teach [computer science]. So if you're a parent and your school doesn't even offer this class, your kids aren't going to have the preparation they need for 21st century," says Hadi Partovi, co-founder of the nonprofit Code.org. "Just like we teach how electricity works and biology basics they should also know how the Internet works and how apps work. Schools need to add this to the curriculum."
Some sobering stats from last year's Computer Science AP [Advanced Placement] data:
* In Mississippi, Montana and Wyoming, no girls took the computer science exam.
* In 11 states, no black students took it.
* In eight states, no Hispanics took it.
* In 17 states, fewer than 100 students took it.