[Edu-sig] Re: Teaching Middle-School Math with Python
Tue, 10 Oct 2000 14:47:28 -0500 (CDT)
>They mean something.) If you succeed, I am happy. It's an improvement
>over what we have in schools. Indeed, if you succeed, we don't need
Under no circumstances would I want my success to mean "we don't
need Scheme". That whole branch of the language family embodies
a valuable a meme pool (lots of good ideas) and needs to keep
Scheme will stay around, don't worry. I meant Scheme in middle schools.
As for bringing "mathematics" to programming, I assume you mean
the uncompromising, logical core of Scheme. That's partly what
makes the learning curve a bit steep, at least initially (I've
seen some of your excellent teaching materials, accessible to
kids, but inevitably some will want to skip over cons, car and
cdr before diving in).
I am happy to see that you have read some of our material. But if you had
read it far enough you would see
- that car and cdr never occur in the book
- that recursion is explained as the control structure that matches data def
- that models and views are radically separated so that middle school kids
don't have to bother with mind-numbing memorizations about view (i/o)
stuff. Otherwise we're like biology.
This was more in in response Shririam's feedback, after that positive
review of my curriculum writing at the O'Reilly website:
If you cite from private email, I can't comment. That's between him and you.