How Our CS Curriculum Is Becoming Easier, and Why This Probably Isn't a Good Idea
Let me start off by saying that I have the uttermost respect for all the faculty members of the fantastic Cornell Computer Science Department. I have been enjoying the education ever since I came here and I've become a much better budding software engineer / computer scientist than I was only half a year ago, thanks to all the amazing professors, TAs, and classmates from and with whom I have been learning.
However, I've noticed a trend that is making me quite uneasy. The CS curriculum, for some reason, is becoming easier. The hard courses are still pretty hard, but the easier courses, in particular CS1110 and CS2110, which traditionally together make up an introductory sequel which a student has to complete before he can affiliate with the computer science major, have been made easier.
As most CS majors probably know, CS1110 has undergone a major redesign over the last summer. Before the 2012-13 academic year, CS1110 w