Where is the Humanity in the Computer Science Curriculum?

“Let us move from human-centered design to humanity-centered design.”

— From the Copenhagen Letter

I’ve been struggling to write this post for a long, long time. Every time I see calls for teaching coding to young people or to girls or to minorities, I get frustrated. First off, the need for everyone to learn code may be inflated, as Audrey Watters has written. As someone with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, I can assure you that no coding bootcamp is going to produce a person as qualified as someone who has studied computer science at the undergraduate level. That would be ridiculous, right? Or else, why would anyone study computer science? Even though I’ve never been to a coding bootcamp, I’ve worked with people who know how to code but had not studied computer science, and it’s torture to watch. Seriously. I doubt they would be hired instead of well-trained programmers (with some exceptions for the seriously talented or interested).

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