During the legislative session that is coming to an end, we’ve heard a great deal about how unfair it would be to require Florida’s school districts to offer computer programming courses like AP Computer Science. Of the state’s 67 schools districts, only 18 are offering AP Computer Science this year: Alachua, Bay, Brevard, Broward, Collier, Dade, Duval, Hillsborough, Okaloosa, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, St. Lucie, Sarasota, Seminole and Volusia Counties.
But somehow, 21 school districts have found the resources to offer courses in film studies, even though they could not find the resources to offer AP Computer Science. Those districts, which I’ll call the Twisted 21 are: Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Escambia, Flagler, Hernando, Holmes, Indian River, Jackson, Lee, Leon, Manatee, Marion, Monroe, Nassau, Polk, St. Johns, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, and Walton Counties. I’m calling them the Twisted 21 because their priorities – at least with respect to film and computer science – are clearly twisted.