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Sizing the U.S.
Student Cohort for
Mark Guzdial considers indicators that U.S.
K– 12 students will study computer science.
By The Numbers
November 3, 2019
Alan Kay, Cathie Norris, Elliot Solo-way, and I had an article in the
September 2019 issue of
Communications called “Computational
Thinking Should Just Be Good Thinking” (access the article at http://bit.
ly/2P7RYEV). Our argument is that
“computational thinking” is already
here — students use computing every
day, and that computing is undoubtedly influencing their thinking. What
we really care about is effective, critical, “expanded” thinking, where computing helps us think. To do that, we
need better computing.
Ken Kahn engaged with our arti-
cle in the comments section (thank
you, Ken!), and he made a provoca-
There are have been many suc-
cessful attempts to add program-
Here is what I found. I decided to be
U.S.-centric, so that I could compare to
known overall populations.
Number of people in the U.S.
(World Population Review, http://bit.ly/
2Pg79Mu): 329 million.
Number of school children in the
56. 6 million
˲About 50. 8 million in public
schools, about 5. 8 million in private
schools. Only about 1. 5 million children are homeschooled.