Python in High School

Paddy paddy3118 at
Tue Apr 1 21:35:46 CEST 2008

On Apr 1, 6:27 pm, sprad <jsp... at> wrote:
> I'm a high school computer teacher, and I'm starting a series of
> programming courses next year (disguised as "game development" classes
> to capture more interest). The first year will be a gentle
> introduction to programming, leading to two more years of advanced
> topics.
> I was initially thinking about doing the first year in Flash/
> ActionScript, and the later years in Java. My reasoning is that Flash
> has the advantage of giving a quick payoff to keep the students
> interested while I sneak in some OOP concepts through ActionScript.
> Once they've gotten a decent grounding there, they move on to Java for
> some more heavy-duty programming.
> I've never used Python, but I keep hearing enough good stuff about it
> to make me curious.
> So -- would Python be a good fit for these classes? Could it equal
> Java as the later heavy-duty language? Does it have enough quickly-
> accessible sparklies to unseat Flash?
> I want to believe. Evangelize away.

How proficient are you in Flash/Actionscript?
I suggest you try out Python/Pygame and extrapolate from that,
given your available time, would you be proficient enough to teach

- Paddy.

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