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Should Mass. Public School Students Be Required To Study Computer Science?

June 25th, 2013 in 2013, Azer Bestavros, BostInno, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Stan Sclaroff 0 comments

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Azer Bestavros, College of Arts & Sciences
Stan Sclaroff, College of Arts & Sciences

Over the last two weeks, Massachusetts lawmakers have been contemplating a pitch to incorporate computer science into the public school curriculum, making the subject a mandatory part of students’ education beginning as early as the eighth grade…

Expert quotes:

Bestavros:

“One can see it as a world that can be changed to match one’s needs, or one can see it as a world that somebody else designed for use in a very prescribed way. The former view is an empowering view of oneself as a ‘creator,’ whereas the latter is a mundane view of oneself as a ‘consumer’ or ‘user’ of somebody else’s creation.”

Sclaroff:

“Learning computer science is deeper: it entails learning about the systematic, logical framework that is distinctive to ‘computational thinking’ and experiencing the joy, the deeper understanding — and the empowerment — that comes with actually creating a computer program or devising an algorithm to solve a real world problem.”

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