CS or IT?

Computer science is theory. IT is applied computer science just as engineering is applied science. CS is all about mathematics, the abstraction that powers today’s computing.

Yet what we are teaching in school is Microsoft Office, Photoshop, the ones you see in training shops.

However, education and training are two different things.

John Naughton says, kids today need a license to tinker.

Eric Schmidt ruffled a few feathers:

I was flabbergasted to learn that today computer science isn’t even taught as standard in U.K. schools,” Schmidt told the audience. Your IT curriculum focuses on teaching how to use software, but it doesn’t teach people how it’s made. It risks throwing away your great computing heritage.

Google has even made its own take with computational thinking on their site.

To those who are thinking whether to take CS or IT in college, well it’s only you who can decide what’s best for you.

You need a college degree in CS but in IT, you don’t need one.


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