This National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6th – 10), we want to give a special thank you to the men and women doing their part to make sure the future is full of bright minds by incorporating code into the classroom!
Organized by the National PTA to celebrate all teachers for the invaluable service they do, the first National Teacher Appreciation Week took place back in 1984. For the past 35 years, the PTA and business all around the country host celebrations, and offer perks!
From introducing coding summer programs children to the topic that inspire their profession, to simply encouraging them to believe in themselves, teachers have perhaps the most important role in the community; cultivating future minds for the betterment of society. As computers become more and more integral for our society to function, the importance of STEM teachers who incorporate coding into the classroom is more important than ever.
We understand just how critical a good STEM education early on can be in affecting a child’s capacity to easily grasp coding apps for kids and computer science concepts. Not only are teachers skilled in science and mathematics extremely valuable they are also in short supply. Based off recent Texas Education Agency data only there are only 1,541 science teachers and 1821 math teachers in Texas out of the 358,514 total public school teachers in Texas!
This shortage makes sense, as those who choose to share their STEM knowledge with future generations do so ultimately at their own expense, given that the average salaries for STEM majors in the corporate world undoubtedly exceed those of a public school teacher.
From our team at Launch, thank you. Your work is not left unnoticed. If your child’s school offers computer science education, you’re one of the lucky few and those teachers deserve your gratitude. If you’d like to give your child access to more resources and a dedicated computer science education, check out after-school programs near you.