[Edu-sig] Checking an assumption

Marilyn Davis marilyn at deliberate.com
Fri Dec 5 01:09:26 EST 2003

On 4 Dec 2003, Josh English wrote:

> I'm a lurker on this list. I joined because I was on track to become a
> high school level mathematics teacher and I use Python frequently. I am
> currently a graduate student and I'm working on a final project for the
> term. I am creating a rough draft of a curriculum that would teach
> Statistics and Python in the same class. I'm basing this off of two assumptions:
> 1) Students in a statistics class do not need the practice of repetitive operations.
> 2) The most effective way to learn something is to teach it, and
> programming is functionally equivalent to teaching a subject.

I've been thinking about this a few hours and I like it.

You are thinking that if you have your students program some
mathematics, that they will really learn and understand those

Yes.  Good thought.  True of physics as well as statistics, and what

Sounds like a fun and learning-packed experience.

Good luck!


> I think that these assumptions are good enough to start with, but I'd
> like to hear some other opinions about them. Is programming in any
> language the functional equivalent to teaching a procedural method?
> Thanks for any advice,
> Josh English
> english at spiritone.com
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