Education Removes Fear: Some Examples From CS Courses
June 2013 (perspective of a postdoc)
One often-unstated purpose of education is to remove fear from students so that they can accomplish more in their professional and personal lives.
People often find themselves limited not by a lack of "natural" ability to do X, but rather by fears of what it might take to do X. For instance, people who fear math might have a hard time managing or planning their personal finances; and people who fear criticism might have a hard time getting feedback on their ideas.
Let's focus on computer science education in particular. What's the purpose of, say, a university CS curriculum?