Teaching python (programming) to children
jeff at ccvcorp.com
Wed Nov 7 23:15:03 CET 2001
David Andreas Alderud wrote:
> Yes, but then, aren't we supposed to teach programmers how the computers
> work? Or am I just a relic of the ancient world of bits, shifts and
Except that, the whole idea of CP4E and teaching programming languages to all
(or most) schoolchildren, is that most of these students will *never* become
programmers. They will do other things, but will benefit from having some idea
of how to program a computer. Programmers will still need to know the details
of how a computer works, but they'll pick that up later on (as they learn other
languages, and advanced data structures, and so on).
But to the person who's just trying to write a script to, say, generate a
catalog of all the mp3 files on his computer, it really doesn't *matter* how
many bits a given integer requires, or the difference between a simple linked
list and a red/black tree, or...
To use an automotive analogy, we're teaching kids to be able to change the oil
on their computers, not how to rebuild the transmission. :)
And even if they later go on to learn how to rebuild that transmission...
they'll still benefit from already knowing how to change the oil.
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