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Tech firms want to use our pole to fish for talent

Executives from leading tech companies want to require all Massachusetts public schools to teach computer science.

Mark Wilson for The Boston Globe/File 2011

Executives from leading tech companies want to require all Massachusetts public schools to teach computer science.

Regarding the front-page June 11 article “Firms call for tech classes”: If Massachusetts began requiring computer science courses for public school students starting in eighth grade next year, it would be five years before the first students would be available for hire, and with only a high school education at that. If companies immediately increased the salaries of computer science professionals and advertised that fact, there would be a flood of students entering college to major in computer science. In four years, companies would have the highly educated, highly trained personnel they require without needing to turn to foreign workers.

It appears that leading tech firms would prefer to have the government of Massachusetts mandate taxpayer-funded subsidies for the training of their future employees rather than paying the price the marketplace requires.

Phil Chapnik

Newton

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