Surprisingly honest and Frank
Yes, there are fewer and fewer jobs for US programmers, a situation exacerbated by the despicable actions of corporations like Disney. There is always a shortage of a very special type of sci-tech worker – the absolute beginner, just out of college or university. But then comes a slow down, and a round of layoffs, and after the slowdown is over, the bloom is off the lily for the hopeful returnees.
But that doesn't mean that students shouldn't be taught how to use computers. Computers are not the sole provenance of tech workers. Retailers use computers, bookkeepers use computers, cops use computers and everyone needs a computer to pay bills
The question is what sort of computer education is needed. Some things seem to come almost by osmosis. I wish I could use my smartphone as effectively as just about any local teenager. But can they use google or excel? Can they compose a letter on a word processor, and can they use a spreadsheet to do the simplest budgeting?
I believe that it's more important teach basic skills to the many. Need more tech workers? There are at least a half dozen layed off engineers to be found scanning Monster or Dice in any coffee shop – they can rehire them first.