Thanks to an ACM mailing list I found an interesting column by an Indian academic from IIT, Bangalore, that talks about Computer Science becoming a very basic and important science. One interesting quote is below:
We do need good physicists, chemists, material scientists and mathematicians. Computer science, if properly approached, will nourish the growth of every other science, be it astronomy, space science, nuclear science, biological science, materials science, or health science.
The column reports on a number of things including some presentations by researchers from Microsoft and academics, including Maria Klawe, dean of engineering at Princeton university and others, at "Tech Vista" a conference held in India not long ago. I really believe that computer science has to become more a part of a general, dare I say liberal arts, education. I think that column supports that belief. I recommend it. Also show it to your students and ask them what they think? Do they agree that we need more basic CS in out schools?