Nationally, the portion of schools that offer an introductory computer-science course has dropped from 78 percent in 2005 to 65 percent this year, and the corresponding decline in Advanced Placement computer-science courses went from 40 to 27 percent, reports the Washington Post. Those figures come from a survey by the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Last spring, the College Board, citing declining enrollment, canceled its AP computer science AB class, the more rigorous of its two courses in the subject. The result of sporadic or skimpy computer-science training is that a generation of teenagers great at using computers will be unlikely to play a role in the way computer technology shapes lives in the future, said Chris Stephenson, executive director of the New York-based CSTA. "Their knowledge of technology is very broad but very shallow," she said. That has huge economic implications. "If you look at history, the nations with economic superiority are building the tools the rest of the world is using," Stephenson said. She added that computer-science classes might be an unintentional casualty in the push to increase academic standards. Computer science is not considered a core subject by the No Child Left Behind law, which influences school priorities and budgets…

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