>The thing to say is that -- I disagree with the idea of letting more people attend Computer Science, even with python.
The problematic attitudes you describe from your classmates seem fairly typical for young people taking a school course in computers. A large part of it is that they haven't been exposed to technology except for perhaps the silliness seen in movies, so they aren't familiar with the technical or ethical problems around things like "virus writing", nor are the familiar with the incredible things that you can actually do with computers, which is why "virus writing" would never occur to you or me as something you might do with a computer.
But the goal of the course is to expose people to computers and programming, and (a) hopefully quell some of this magical thinking while (b) showing them that computers are extremely powerful and general-purpose tools which are cheaply available to them if they know what they're doing. It's certainly frustrating if you already know what you're doing but I think it still can be a very positive effect on people's lives and their interactions with technology.
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