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November 18, 2013 at 7:36 AM

Schools need more computer science classes

Technology is pervasive in our society and students will benefit from the exposure

Kudos to Microsoft for their global YouthSpark initiative and for the Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) program that it is bringing to our schools [“How to prepare students for computer science careers,” Opinion, Nov. 14].

I agree with Lori Forte Harnick. In today’s environment, computer science classes should be offered in our schools. In our society, where technology is pervasive, most of our students will benefit from exposure to computer science while they find and pursue their own dreams.

First, computer science may become the highest-paid college degree, replacing law school and or an MBA as the coveted degree. But like a JD or an MBA, a computer science degree may not be for everybody.

Second, if your child decides to pursue computer science, or any other STEM field, do not let it be at the expense of literature, history, the social sciences or the arts. In order to imagine and create, whether as a computer scientist or as something else, you need to be able to analyze, dream, empathize and understand other points of view to know where we’ve been and where we might want to go in the future. You need to be able to think.

— Kristin Austin, Bothell

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