As you might guess, the picture isn't much better among younger students in the U.S. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently ranked countries around the world based on the math and science aptitude of high schoolers. Not only did the U.S. not make the top 10; we ranked #28
There are efforts under way to change these alarming statistics. Last year, the White House told the Department of Education to start spending $200 million a year on grants that promote STEM education and "particularly computer science
" — although it's unclear exactly how that money will be put to use. Coding bootcamps have popped up across the country — notably our friends over at Tech Talent South
— but many of those drawn to the programs are lured in by high salaries rather than a passion for the work.