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The next generation of Python programmers

The next generation of Python programmers

Posted Apr 26, 2014 14:33 UTC (Sat) by pizza (subscriber, #46)
In reply to: The next generation of Python programmers by nix
Parent article: The next generation of Python programmers

> Meanwhile, in the UK a few years later, in the closest equivalent available of the same course, we learnt... PageMaker. Also Excel.

Even that would have been an improvement over what my high school offered in its "computer" courses.

Come to think of it, typing skills were perhaps the single most useful thing that came out of my experience, though it wasn't intentional on school's part.

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The next generation of Python programmers

Posted Apr 27, 2014 8:28 UTC (Sun) by wmfa (subscriber, #37197) [Link]

It sounds like I got really lucky. The computer classes I took were taught in the Math department. It was all about the science, with absolutely zero focus on administrative uses (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.). Most likely, this is because there really were no administrative uses yet. Electric typewriters were still being marketed for home use. Seeing your responses to my comment, it seems important to me that we educate educators about the differences between administrative computing (office tools), and computer science.

Back to the reply on which I based my comment, I'd like to reinforce again that the science of computer science is the kind of academic regimen that will support our children throughout their lives. Given the importance of computing to all our futures, computer science is *exactly* what we should be seeing taught alongside math, chemistry, biology, and physics.

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