Chicago Is Making Coding Education Mandatory. Is That a Good Idea? A school computer science program developer explains the pros and cons. By Scott Shackford, published Nov. 18, 2015 on “Just make it a requirement.” That’s what Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the government should do to make education in computer coding and programming available to public school students. … Should we bristle at the idea of yet another […]

Baker is a high school computer science teacher at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Since he started teaching in 2002, Baker has worked to increase the visibility and credibility of high school computer science. Much of this work involves ensuring that women and other under-represented groups are given opportunities to succeed in a discipline that has historically excluded them. In recent years Baker has enjoyed greater than 50% female […]