[plt-scheme] A first experiment with HTDP

From: Jos Koot (jos.koot at telefonica.net)
Date: Tue Jul 1 16:02:01 EDT 2008

The idea that companies take their own responsability of training their 
employees sounds good. In my humble opinion general education (high schools 
an universities) have, in the first place, the task to widen the horizon of 
their students, not so much as to prepare students for commercial life. If a 
company wants people with certain skills, it is the responsability of the 
company to allow their employees to adquire that skills. It is often heard 
that educational programs should better fit the needs of commerce. That 
sound comes from commerce of course, for it saves a lot of money, or rather 
robs money from the community as a whole. Students are paying for their 
education. If the education is directed to the needs of commercial life, 
than commerce should pay both the study and the student. mho.

Some companies do have the policy to hire fresh people and provide trainings 
for them. In principle that is a good thing, except when it is the company's 
objective to hire people that can easily be brainwashed. Yes, I am a little 
bit paranoid.

There should be a golden path between the principal goals of eductation and 
the more practicle ones. Is there?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Grant Rettke" <grettke at acm.org>
To: "pltscheme" <plt-scheme at list.cs.brown.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2008 8:21 PM
Subject: [plt-scheme] A first experiment with HTDP

> At my company, we have a very diverse experience level among all of
> our employees.
> In fact, it is common practice to hire people with little to no
> experience (freshers who may or may not have studied in school or
> vocational training) and sort of train them on the job. There is
> always a want to teach the freshers "how to be good", my thought is to
> utilize HTDP.
> I want perform the first experiment in company training by working
> through HTDP start to finish with two or three freshers. We will have
> voice-meetings twice a week (along with email and instant messages).
> There is no time limit.
> Does this make sense? Is there any more to it?
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