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letters | the future of the humanities

Learning tech skills isn’t the same as mastering scientific thinking

RE “HUMANITIES at risk” (Op-ed, June 16):

In her column calling for rethinking the way colleges teach liberal arts, Joanna Weiss says all college students should be able to code. I assume she means this as a proxy for learning science. It is not. Coding is a technique, and requires no understanding of science or its methods. Coding should be expected of everyone and long before college. A better recommendation would be, “Everyone learns to apply one of the laws of thermodynamics.”

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