[Slightly OT?] Why It's Hard to Explain Rev
marty at vertex.ucls.uchicago.edu
Sat Nov 5 07:39:20 EST 2005
> Dan Shafer wrote:
> > Tough one, Marty, because there are so many free languages out there
> > that educational administrators' first knee-jerk reaction (as Andre
> > says in his reply) is to look to cost. But if you can get them past
> > that point then I imagine Judy Perry will have some compelling
> > educational arguments to bolster such a position.
Judy Perry <jperryl at ecs.fullerton.edu> wrote:
> I dunno... maybe I'm at the wrong educational institution, because I can
> tell you that where I am, admin-types would vastly prefer to pay
> bucketloads of dollars for something that "everybody" uses and "everybody"
> has heard of as opposed to a validly competitive free product.
Cost isn't really the issue. BlueJ is free, after all.
It's more like, "why not teach c++, java, or some other "sexy"
language that's actually used in the marketplace. I used to
get the same thing with Pascal in my high school classes, but at
least I could counter at the time that Pascal was used in the
AP exam and some companies (like HP) used it a lot at the time.
Now I'm struggling with "why teach intro programming in Scheme?"
In my 8th grade class, which used RR, it's always been a battle,
ever since I began the curriculum using HyperCard. Nobody had
heard of HyperCard. Luckily, we're not a "subject area" class,
so the administration doesn't really pay attention to what's
being taught and I can do my own thing.
I just like to have the arguuments lined up for when the question,
"why use RR to teach programming?" does arise.
Thanks for the support this list has given me!
Marty Billingsley (marty at ucls.uchicago.edu)
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
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