[Edu-sig] Is a SIG the right type of forum for Python-in-education discussions?

Skip Montanaro skip@mojam.com (Skip Montanaro)
Mon, 7 Feb 2000 12:17:10 -0600

I don't want to start a meta discussion that will quickly be deemed
off-topic, but the thought has occurred to me that perhaps a SIG is not the
correct sort of mailing list for this topic.  In general, my understanding
is that a Python-oriented SIG should try and identify a set of specific
tasks fairly quickly, then work toward fulfilling those tasks, and go out of
existence when either the tasks are complete or the group becomes inactive.
I sense that there will be lots of interesting discussion about education-
related topics that won't directly affect the Python distribution.

If you are unfamiliar with what a Python SIG is supposed to look like, check
out the Python SIGs page at


I'm not suggesting that an education-related mailing list for Python is a
bad idea.  I expect there is a place in the community for such a beast.  I
suggest we create a charter for the group and see what it looks like.  If it
looks like a SIG, fine, we march off with our charter and conquer the world.
If not, perhaps another email-based forum (edu-list@python.org?) would be
worthwhile to support ongoing interest in the use of Python in an
educational setting.

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