(cross posted at Future Tense).
Interesting article in this morning's NY Times on computer science education
and efforts to develop a richer and deeper perspective on how technology skill
connects to other skills and needs inside organizations. It strikes me as another case example of a broader trend to find a new balance between specialization and general skills in organizations:
Edward D. Lazowska, a professor at the University of Washington, points to
students like Mr. Michelson as computer science success stories. The real value of the discipline, Mr. Lazowska said, is less in acquiring a skill with technology tools – the usual definition of computer literacy – than in teaching students to manage complexity; to navigate and assess information; to master modeling and abstraction; and to think analytically in terms of algorithms, or step-by-step procedures. [A
Techie, Absolutely, and More, NY Times]