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posted by janrinok on Saturday June 07 2014, @05:58PM   Printer-friendly
from the food-for-thought dept.

A huge nationwide push is underway, funded by the nonprofit Code.org's corporate and billionaire donors, from Amazon and Google to Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, to introduce American schoolchildren to coding and to redefine it as a basic skill to be learned alongside the three R's.

Code.org's curriculum has been adopted by 20,000 teachers from kindergarten to 12th grade. But if coding is the new lingua franca, literacy rates for girls are dropping: Last year, girls made up 18.5 percent of A.P. computer science test-takers nationwide, a slight decrease from the year before. In three states, no girls took the test at all. An abysmal 0.4 percent of girls entering college intend to major in computer science [PDF]. And in 2013, women made up 14 percent of all computer science graduates down from 36 percent in 1984. The imbalance persists in the tech industry. Just this week, Google released data showing that women account for just 17 percent of its tech employees.

The problem is not only getting girls to computer class, but keeping them there.

See also girlswhocode.com.

 
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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by frojack on Saturday June 07 2014, @11:40PM

    by frojack (1554) on Saturday June 07 2014, @11:40PM (#52796) Journal

    yeah, yeah, but where is your evidence?

    You keep tossing up this 50/50 nonsense like there is a shred of truth to it.
    Its simply not true, and never has been.

    The professions that are actually are populated 50/50 are anomalies, outliers, unusual. The world over.

    I'm asking for a shred of proof, and you keep propping up your 50/50 notion with a silly formula pulled out of your ass.
    You keep complaining that we haven't removed enough barriers. But no matter how many such barriers we remove you will always find another one and insist the discrepancy is due to THAT new barrier. Like the poor, who will always be with us, there will always be gender based choices, which you will always insist as a sign of something seriously wrong. Since you won't supply anything but your own assertion in support of your own assertion I see little reason to continue the discussion.

    Because for you, the mere fact that women prefer different choices IS THE PROBLEM.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 08 2014, @01:07AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 08 2014, @01:07AM (#52811)

    > The professions that are actually are populated 50/50 are anomalies, outliers, unusual. The world over.

    Yeah, yeah, but where is your evidence? Any time your faith is questioned you demand evidence that meets an impossibly high standard but you are never able to provide the same. For your own faith the existence of the status quo is all the proof you need -- you are content with the most shallow analysis possible as long as you don't disagree with it. Its the ultimate form of intellectual dishonesty.

  • (Score: 2) by skullz on Sunday June 08 2014, @02:14AM

    by skullz (2532) on Sunday June 08 2014, @02:14AM (#52827)

    Note: not really fair to mod parent a troll, he raises valid points. This is a serious discussion and he is discussing!

    Here is the US labor department numbers: http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat11.htm [bls.gov]

    Women make up roughly 50% of the workforce. In "Computer and mathematical occupations" they are only about 25% but have a good showing in analysis, statistics, web dev, and as DBAs, ranging from 35% to 50%. At the same time there few to none network admins or comp sec women in the sample and only 23% code monkeys (despite there being over 300k code monkey jobs in the US (same website)).

    There are over 3 million in the computer and mathematical occupations and only 1 in 4 women actually have a job in it. This is where my silly ass formula comes in. With this large of a number either women, inherently by their nature, don't want to get into tech or there is another factor. I assert that it is the environment from birth to adulthood. So, if we go back to the entire point of this article which is to get more girls into coding then identifying (or even acknowledging) what element in the environment is causing this skew would be a good starting point. Its over 3 million slots.

    My point is that there is a big difference between saying "that's just what this woman wanted" and "that's just what women want". By generalizing and saying "woman prefer" you run the risk of glossing over a problem.