Looking for ugly code comparisons WAS: Slashdotter looking for kids' programming language
mikeythek at gmail.com
Fri Dec 12 10:52:55 CST 2008
Math concepts are only additive in theory, otherwise, we could talk
about path integrals and second and third order partial differential
equations all day on this list and everyone would be right with it.
There are math books and math classes just for girls because...girls
seem to see and think differently than boys do. From personal
experience with my children, it is clear that this is the case. Two
of my kids are blowing by their peers and have already skipped a grade
each in Math, and are continuing to accelerate away. My other one
gets geometry and algebra, but struggles, with the mechanics of long
anything, until she does it backwards.
As we all know, everybody's different, and everybody's learning style
is a little different. I was able to teach a room full of rank
amateurs, over two class periods, how to build various personal
productivity applications in HyperCard in College, and hook almost all
of them in the process. However, when I tried to do the same things
with the CS junkies, it was a total flop - they couldn't learn it the
way I was teaching it. It was the most fascinating, and most
rewarding credit hours of my four years in College.
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