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Aligning Computer Science with Mathematics By Felleisen and Krishnamurthi


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The July 2009 Communications of the ACM has an interesting article by Matthias Felleisen and Shriram Krishnamurthi "Why Computer Science Doesn't Matter" with the great subtitle, "Aligning computer science with high school mathematics can help turn it into an essential subject for all students." The argument that Matthias and Shriram are making is that we can use programming to teach mathematics better, and help students learn both. In so doing, we prevent marginalization of computer science and support an important goal of the American education system, the teaching of "'rithmetic."

It's a good argument and one that I support. . . . I'd like to provide some of the background literature that supports their claim.

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