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The next generation of Python programmers

The next generation of Python programmers

Posted Apr 23, 2014 17:52 UTC (Wed) by mpr22 (subscriber, #60784)
In reply to: The next generation of Python programmers by gnacux
Parent article: The next generation of Python programmers

Civilized high school curricula include an elective component; what's unsuitable about having programming as one of the available options for the elective component of high school curricula?


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The next generation of Python programmers

Posted Apr 25, 2014 0:14 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954) [Link]

Civilized high school curricula include an elective component; what's unsuitable about having programming as one of the available options for the elective component of high school curricula?

You're comparing having a programming class as an elective to not having a programming class at all. The speaker was comparing having a programming class as an elective to having one that satisfies a math or science requirement.

If your goal is to get students to take the class (and that is what the speaker's goal is), what's wrong with having it be an elective versus having it satisfy a math or science requirement (i.e. free the student from taking another math or science class) is that students won't take the class.


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