Coding, or computer science, is offered in only one out of three high schools in the province of Ontario. It is not much better in the rest of Canada. When the courses are available they are generally electives.
According to Professor Wendy Powley, of Queen’s University, faculties of education are considering eliminating the computer science teacher-training.
This Canadian reality contrasts sharply with other countries that are rolling out compulsory computer science and coding classes not only in high school, but from kindergarten all the way through elementary and secondary education.
We’ll have more on the situation in Canadian education on the weekend.