[plt-scheme] Re: [plt-edu] Should computer programming be mandatory

From: Shriram Krishnamurthi (sk at cs.brown.edu)
Date: Tue Oct 14 11:33:28 EDT 2008


The US is obsessed about "energy security", which is the idea that the
country needs to wean itself of excessive dependence on foreign
countries for its energy needs.  (This isn't the forum to discuss
whether it's possible or even wise to become *completely* independent,
but certainly *reducing dependence* seems wise.)

The US needs to likewise be thinking about its "intellectual
security", i.e., the ability to grow enough STEM (science, technology,
engineering, mathematics) talent at home so that it doesn't need to
keep importing the likes of Matthias and me.  Because, you know, one
day that supply will dry up, too.


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