We traced the history of computer programming and computer science education
Click the link below to read about computing immersion: how in some cases, over 50% of its participants and successful students were women—amongst other interesting statistics. We present forgotten facts pertinent to how we see and position computer programming education. For instance, we discovered that the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Ohio State University wanted to teach computer programming to its students—arguing in favour of decentralized teaching authority in the discipline. They lost the battle in 1985—and today, fewer women and people belonging to visible minority groups in North America than ever before participate in industry. In this academic paper, we also explain the similarities that exist between language arts and the art of computer programming, proposing that the adoption of teaching and learning techniques that parallel those found in language arts education is a means of achieving widespread literacy in the fourth R.