John Meyer (
Wed, 05 Aug 1998 15:52:25 -0600

At 02:26 PM 8/4/98 -0700, Linda Purrington said
>One suggestion on how to deal with the current huge skew in favor of
>boys in computer science is to provide computer classes as required
>parts of communication and science programs. That way, the girls can't
>get pushed out as easily. Computers are after all required in economic
>life now. Note that the domination of male over female in computer
>science is about equal to the gap between men and women in terms of pay
>in this country.

Okay, just one thing, though. When you say "computer classes", do you mean
"How to use Word 97", or "Programming in C++". In my district, computer
programming in high school is only offered as an Advanced Placement course,
and the class is so small that it is in danger of being dropped. Although
having computer classes is laudable and will benefit both boys and girls of
all races, the question is what level do we consider computer literate.

John Meyer
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