Computer science classes have an equity issue. Some NYC educators are trying to change that.
Computer science teacher Shanua Newton-Rodriguez is hoping to lead by example.
A woman of color who grew up in the Bronx, she wants to see more students who look like her learning Java, Python, web design or other coding skills.
But for many students in the nation’s largest school system — particularly girls, Black students, and Latinos — by the time they get to high school, it’s too late. Many get turned off before they make it to the high-level courses Newton-Rodriguez teaches at the Bronx Academy for Software Engineering, or BASE.
In the various computer science classes she leads this year, the number of girls ranges from just one to four. (Nearly 90% of the students at tech-heavy career technical education school are boys, Newton-Rodriguez said.)
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