[Edu-sig] [Diversity] Fwd: Okay, here's the deal.

kirby urner kirby.urner at gmail.com
Thu Aug 20 17:21:08 CEST 2009

On Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 2:13 AM, Michael Sparks<sparks.m at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2009/8/20 kirby urner <kirby.urner at gmail.com>:
> ..
>> There's also the new title Python Programming in Context which is of
>> direct interest to educators.
>> http://www.flickr.com/photos/17157315@N00/3800868585/
> <flag>Wealthy educators you mean.</flag>

Meaning what, that it's in hardcopy?  Not available for free as a PDF?
 These may be true statements.

The Litvins text (different) is used at Phillipps Academy where one of
the authors teachers, definitely an elite expensive school.

My own curriculum writing is available for free.  My classes through
SaturdayAcademy.org have cost money, but then Paul Allen and people
make scholarships available.

In terms of what to export to the Middle East in the way of Pythonic
math, we're wanting nothing of less quality than say Litvins i.e. that
would mark the lower bound of what's acceptable, but this has nothing
to do with being rich per se, more to do with getting more curriculum
writing in Arabic and stuff (Hebrew whatever), likely a lot of it free
and open source.

Getting more Python source code in non-Latin-1 languages is what I'd
call encouraging diversity, a concrete and obvious move, productive
and with measurable benchmarks.


> Michael.

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