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Name: T Cowan
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Date: Around 1995


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Our building principal is considering the removal of programming from the school's curriculum. He believes that fewer programmers are needed and we should concentrate on being computer users not programmers. Should we continue to teach programming to high school students? If we continue, what language should be taught? Most schools teach Pascal, but nobody in the real world uses Pascal. Should we be teaching "C" or some new language?



Replies:
HOLY COW! the things that get into some people's heads! Programmers are more in demand today than ever before, and the demand will continue to grow. I know of an 8th grade class that just loves its course on BASIC. For more advanced high schoolers I would definitely recommend C.

Hawley

Update - May 2010
A lot of high schools now offer programming classes to their students. I believe they are using Java, C#, and/or VB.NET

PG


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