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Raphael Jambalos

I agree with this! In my college, the first programming language you have to learn is C. A lot of people fail the course.

They say its a way to filter out those who are really “ aren’t built” for computer science. At such an early stage, I think the college should cultivate interest in the subject rather than test a student’s aptitude right away.

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Thao Thanh Luu

This was my complaint while I was studying CS in college. It seems so elitist to introduce C as a way to weave out people from pursuing CS. I suggested that the lower level class for freshmen should be in python to build interest from those who have never heard of programming or didn't know where to start.

My initial suggestion came from the fact that students from rural America are usually left behind in the race for technology in academia..but then again, academia is mainly about elitism.