[OT?] Bad news???

Earthednet-wp prothero at earthednet.org
Fri Jan 24 21:22:20 CET 2014


Richard,
Appreciating your positive spin on happenings, I am.
Bill

William Prothero
http://es.earthednet.org

> On Jan 24, 2014, at 11:31 AM, Richard Gaskin <ambassador at fourthworld.com> wrote:
> 
> Richmond wrote:
> 
>> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25851739#threeG
>> 
>> Why the hell are they teaching Primary kids Python?
>> 
>> This is like teaching kids to drive drag-racers before they
>> can walk.
> 
> I agree, but I see this as good news, taking a longer-term view:
> 
> It's a very positive sign that programming is being taken seriously as a key part of the curriculum at all.  Without this first step there would be no opportunity for LiveCode or anything else at all.
> 
> That these educators would choose a well-known open source language isn't surprising.
> 
> Over time, LiveCode will also become as popular as Python, and as its audience grows it'll become increasingly self-evident that it's a far better choice for teaching introductory programming.
> 
> LiveCode's only been open source for less than a year, so it's really only been a viable option for orgs who need FOSS tools for a fairly short time.
> 
> This will inevitably change.  The benefits of LiveCode are obvious once folks have the opportunity to try it.
> 
> That will happen.
> 
> Patience, Grasshopper....
> 
> --
> Richard Gaskin
> Fourth World
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