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Google engineers not smarter than Vietnamese 11th graders

Phil Johnson | March 28, 2013
A Google engineer finds that Vietnamese school children have programming skills far beyond their counterparts in the United States

However, I'm not sure that's the end of the world.  As I wrote last year, there is indeed a clear gap in this country between the number of computer related jobs and the number of students graduating with the computer science degrees. But there is some good news to report on that front.

Yesterday the Computing Research Association reported that, in the 2011-12 academic year, the number of students at U.S. universities choosing to major in computer science increased by 29%, the fifth year in row of growth. There was also a 20% increase in the number of bachelor's degrees awarded in computer science, the third year in a row of double digit percentage growth. This shows that, at least for people entering the workforce (which is what's most important, in my opinion), we're trending in the right direction.

In the meantime, if Google is looking for 17 year old engineers, they know where to look.

 

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