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I agree 50%. Programming is often taught as a combination of two things: algorithms and data structures. Algorithm instruction should be left to those of us who revel in them. However, in our current world, everyone needs to understand data structures... and all too few people do. Anyone typing their e-mail address into a website needs to understand the power of cross-referencing. Anyone using a word processor for more than a page needs to understand styles. (Actually, most programmers I meet still waste hours because they don't understand word processor styles... which is weird, because they're just like CSS.) Any Mayor or CEO should have a broad understanding on what their organisation's data can do for them... and how much damage it could do if exposed. So, algorithms are optional, but in the future everyone must be data literate... or their lives will be destroyed by those who are.
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