Experiences/guidance on teaching Python as a first programming language
larry.martell at gmail.com
Wed Dec 11 13:08:46 CET 2013
On Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 9:16 PM, Denis McMahon <denismfmcmahon at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:35:47 -0500, Dennis Lee Bieber wrote:
>> On Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:25:48 +1300, Gregory Ewing
>> <greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz> declaimed the following:
>>>That's like saying that when teaching woodwork we shouldn't let people
>>>use hammers, we should make them use rocks to bang nails in, because it
>>>will make them better carpenters in the long run.
>> Nails were verboten in my high school wood working class...
>> We used dowels and glue; chisels to carve dove-tails; etc.
> We were allowed to use screws, but they had to be brass, not steel, we
> had to drill appropriate clearance and pilot holes, and countersink where
Ohhhh we used to DREAM of using screws! We were given steel shafts and
had to tap the threads into them with our teeth.
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