[OT] Education Theory (was Re: Database Design Theory?)
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
That's precisely the reason why MIT uses Lisp (Scheme) at its intro to
computer science classes.
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