[Edu-sig] The best way to predict the future...

Ian Bicking ianb at colorstudy.com
Wed Jul 12 02:01:51 CEST 2006

Michael wrote:
> On Tuesday 11 July 2006 19:20, kirby urner wrote:
>> But the reality is:  teachers are afraid of Python, of hackers, of
>> geekdom, of technology.
> No, that's fantasy. They don't even know it exists - that's the more 
> fundamental reality, and furthermore, they don't care - in the UK computer 
> studies was replaced at GCSE level (ie up to 16 years) with Information 
> Technology 15 years ago, eliminating any programming aspect in that age 
> group. 

I think it's right to dismiss fear as a real reason; it's an easy 
scapegoat, and one that excuses failure without trying to really 
understand it.  If we're going to talk about Smalltalk, I'd say the same 
thing happened there -- too much railing against the world for being so 
dumb not to Get It, and not enough time spent trying to understand why 
people weren't Getting It.

But I don't have any thoughts currently on Real Reasons, so I'll just be 
quiet again...

Ian Bicking  |  ianb at colorstudy.com  |  http://blog.ianbicking.org

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