In defense of teaching structured COBOL as computer science: (or, notes on being sage struck)

@article{Tompkins1983InDO,
  title={In defense of teaching structured COBOL as computer science: (or, notes on being sage struck)},
  author={Howard E. Tompkins},
  journal={ACM SIGPLAN Notices},
  year={1983},
  volume={18},
  pages={86-94}
}
  • H. Tompkins
  • Published 1 April 1983
  • Education
  • ACM SIGPLAN Notices
Sometimes we discover unpleasant articles which make highly controversial assertions that are potentially damaging to our colleagues, our ideals, and our students. [i] When such articles are written by evident lightweights, we go on about the day's business. However, when such articles are written by an acknowledged sage and successful revolutionary of our profession, we are in difficulties. Suppressing our dissent is professionally dishonest, so dissent we must, even if the current "in" group… 
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