IT’S “COMPUTER Science Education Week,” and President Obama and House majority leader Eric Cantor — who usually dislike each other more than Google and Apple — recently came together to support an “Hour of Code.” The goal is to expose all students, for at least an hour, to the computer programming techniques that make games and other routine apps possible. Toward that end, classroom teachers can find lesson plans and tutorial videos available online.
It’s a useful exercise. Every Massachusetts student should learn basic principles of computing, and one hour of instruction won’t suffice. Yet the task of giving students the computer-science education they need should not be loaded onto our already overburdened teachers — especially when there’s no consensus on precisely which computer skills children should be taught.