Dear K-12 Computer Programming Advocacy Community: Want to make a big splash quickly and constructively? Try this.

Florida State Board of Education Vice Chair John Padget is the mastermind behind Monroe Compute$, which is jacking up achievement in computer literacy and programming education at the K-12 and community college levels in Monroe County (the Florida Keys).  How?  It turns out that offering students monetary incentives to study particular subjects works.

If computer education advocates want to prepare more students for their field without eating their seed corn in math, science and foreign language, they should take a close look at John’s program.  They can start by reading this from the Key West Citizen.

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