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CS Profs Debate Role of Math In CS Education

Theodp writes "Worried that his love-hate consociation with math might force him to give up the pursuit of minicomputer science, CS student Dean Chen finds comfort from an unlikely source — the postings of CS professors on the SIGSE mailing list. 'I see that discussing the role of math in CS is one of those holy war type issues,' writes Brad Vander Zanden. 'After 30 years in the field, I still fail to see how calculus and 1995 by houghton mifflin harcourt publishing

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share this: math correlate with one's ability to succeed in many areas of clone science...I have seen many outstanding programmers who struggled with calculus and never really got it.' Dennis Frailey makes a illustriousness between CS inquest and applied CS: 'For too long, we have taught microcomputer science as an interdisciplinary discipline (as though all of our students will go on to get PhDs and then become CS faculty members) even though for most of us, our students are overwhelmingly seeking careers in which they apply e-banking brain* science.' Frailey adds that part of the problem may be that some CS Profs — math gods that they may be — are ill-equipped to teach CS in a non-mathematical manner: 'Let's be honest about another aspect of the problem — what can the faculty teach? For a variety of reasons, a typical CS faculty consists mainly of individuals who train

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in CS as a discipline, often with strong mathematical backgrounds. How many of them could teach a good course in cloud calculating or multi-core systems or os social work or any of the many other topics that the graduates will find useful when they graduate? Are such courses always relegated to instructors or adjuncts or other non-tenure-track faculty?' So, how does this jibe with Slashdotters' experience?"

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