[Edu-sig] Microsoft's KPL

Kirby Urner urnerk at qwest.net
Sun Oct 9 19:20:59 CEST 2005

> I have no place for GPS in my program.
> Art

That's perfectly fine, and so we compete, counter-recruit.  You fill your
school, I'll fill mine, and like that.

GPS is important when driving a [Google?] bizmo to a point of interest.  We
train faculty in that skill, starting at a young age.

"Earth awareness" is critical in the new curriculum, and segues to
polyhedra, networks, ip protocols, shipping lines.  Exercises involve
knowing what time it is in Tokyo, when it's midnight in New York
(reflexively, like the multiplication table used to be) -- so you don't wake
someone asleep, so you don't miss your plane to OSCON or whatever.

You and I never grew up with this kind of earth awareness.  A kid in my
tomorrow will be able point to the moon without hesitation, even when it's
between his or her feet.  More like airline pilots (which is why more of
them will have pilot licenses, percentage-wise, than did those early
car-driving kids).


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