SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND COMPUTING,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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The introduction of computing technology and the computers themselves into our secondary schools stands a good chance of being orderly. 1 Courses will be given under the sponsorship of the mathematics or science departments. 2 Suitable textbooks will be available. 3 The instructors will be trained. 4 The machines used, though probably old, will be massproduced, with a wealth of software behind them. In addition, each teacher can seek expert help, if needed, from local industry. The real wave of such courses will probably not come until 1963 or later. For one thing, an introduction to computing might properly belong at the secondary school level-there seems to be a strong analogy to the learning of a foreign language and it has become obvious that the latter subject is best taught to the young. For another thing, since computing skills cut across every discipline, we can reason that we owe it to the college-bound student to prepare him for intelligent use of this tool prior to his college freshman year.