[Edu-sig] ACM Urges Obama to Include CS as Core Component ofScience, Math Education

kirby urner kirby.urner at gmail.com
Tue Dec 30 00:37:37 CET 2008

Yeah, lots of pro J sentiment on this list, including by me, author of
'Jiving in J' (got some help with typos from Kenneth, though I think
there're still a couple):  http://www.4dsolutions.net/ocn/cp4e.html

There's a bit of a disconnect with the XO in that I really do think of
it as for pre-teens, given the small keys and appearance, was thinking
bold designs building on XO would be in the wings by now, but
apparently that's too hard a project.

The idea of a Richard Stallings type geek using the XO as his "main
laptop" just fills me with evil glee, I'm sorry, such an absurd image.

The idea of hitting a pre-teen with Erlang and J, whereas most adults
I know are still stuck on Access and Excel, is just a wee bit
ludicrous, even for the child prodigy cult people (lots of
Smalltalkers in that camp).  Let's get a little more real, shall we?

What laptop would you give a Peruvian or Cambodian teen, if not an XO?
 Of course it should run Python, and of course it shouldn't ignore the
serious advances the XO represents.


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