[Edu-sig] Age groups

Steve Morris smorris@nexen.com
Fri, 4 Feb 2000 15:19:23 -0500 (EST)

Gerrit Holl writes:
 > Dirk-Ulrich Heise wrote on 949676434:
 > > -----Urspr=FCngliche Nachricht-----
 > > Von: Gerrit Holl <gerrit.holl@pobox.com>
 > > [...]
 > > >>   3) Elementary Education (8-10 year old)
 > > >
 > > >You can start here. The concept of variables, lists and functions=
 > > >be explained. Dictionairies too, I think. Classes will probably b=
e only
 > > >for the very smart ones.
 > >=20
 > > Don't you think classes are as easy as variables?
 > No, they're not.
 > Maybe the theory is as easy as a variable, but the practice isn't. I=
t took
 > quite long for me to find out when to use classes. And multiple
 > inheritance still struggles me, and private methods (__aaa changes t=
 > whatever but still isn't private?). I think we shouldn't be too fast=

 > with classes. We _can_ explain how to use them (jan =3D Turtle(100, =
 > but subclassing is not easy to explain.

That's funny. My experience was quite different. When I first saw
objects and classes it was like a relevation from God. They seemed
intuitively obvious and the answer to my prayers. I wonder if this is
a right brain/left brain thing or something.