Computer science education builds skills for life

An empty computer science classroom is seen at the University of Somalia in Mogadishu, July 13, 2017. Picture taken July 13, 2017. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Computer science education in K-12 schools matters, not because it’s about training the next generation of computer programmers, but because computer science education builds skills for life, say the guests on this episode. Emiliana Vegas, senior fellow and co-director of the Center for Universal Education at Brookings, and Michael Hansen, senior fellow in the Brown Center for Education Policy at Brookings, are co-authors, along with Brian Fowler, of a new report, “Building Skills for Life: How to expand and improve computer science education around the world,” and they join me on the Brookings Cafeteria today.

Also on this episode, Adie Tomer, senior fellow in Brookings Metro, reflects on the enactment of the new federal infrastructure program, which he calls the largest single investment in the country’s built environment in at least half a century. Listen to this segment also on SoundCloud.

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