My general inclination is to support the argument in this post, but two things give me pause. The first is the definition of 'computational thinking', which the author characterizes as follows: "look at the provided information, narrow it down to the most valuable data, find patterns and identify themes." That's not exactly how I would define it, and it seems to me to be a mischaracterization of Jeannette Wing's paper from 2006. And second, while I think that pattern recognition as a skill is important, the suggested deployment seems wrong: giving students lists of states and asking them to guess the basis on which they are sorted. That's not recognition, that's recall.