[OT] Education Theory (was Re: Database Design Theory?)

Roberto Mello rmello at fslc.usu.edu
Thu Nov 10 08:11:32 MST 2005


On Wed, Nov 09, 2005 at 04:59:43PM -0700, Shane Hathaway wrote:
> 
> Interesting point.  Computer science courses could cover more ground 
> that way.  It appears that the general belief among computer science 
> instructors is that they should use the most popular languages, like 
> Java and C++, to incidentally teach practice while they're teaching 
> theory.  That's a mistake because it's teaching a largely unrelated 
> practice.  It would be better to use a language that's more optimal for 
> teaching, and have students practice applications of the theory being 
> taught.

That's precisely the reason why MIT uses Lisp (Scheme) at its intro to
computer science classes.

-Roberto

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