Should Schools Teach Computer Science Instead of Physics?

Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: “Other than trying to keep my kids from falling down the stairs in the Governor’s mansion I don’t know how much I deal with physics daily,” quipped Florida governor Ron DeSantis as he explained his support for a bill pushed by Microsoft and lobbyists that will allow computer science credit to be substituted for traditional science classes to meet high school graduation requirements. “You cannot live in our modern society without dealing with technology or computers in your daily life.”

From the Governor’s press release: “Expanding access to computer science learning is critically important for the future of Florida’s students,” said Sheela VanHoose of “This historic investment by the Governor and the Florida Legislature represents the nation’s largest one-time investment in computer science teachers by a state.”

“Providing the tools that students need to learn computer science is crucial to filling the jobs of tomorrow,” said Fred Humphries, Corporate Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs at Microsoft. “We applaud Governor DeSantis for approving crucial funding to help train more computer science teachers as part of a broader commitment to prepare students for the thousands of computing and data science jobs in Florida. Microsoft looks forward to continuing to work with Governor DeSantis to ensure that all students are ready for the career opportunities created by our digital economy.”

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