[plt-scheme] Should computer programming be mandatory

From: Marco Morazan (morazanm at gmail.com)
Date: Fri Oct 17 20:17:37 EDT 2008

On Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 6:19 PM, Woodhouse Gregory
<gregory.woodhouse at gmail.com> wrote:
> 1) It's not enough to just teach "programming", it's important that students
> be exposed to computing at a deeper level.

Is teaching *good* programming a realistic and the best goal we can
achieve at this point in time? In fact, does not teaching *good*
programming expose students to the limits of our knowledge in a very
real sense (mind you, this can not be done in one or two semesters)?

> 2) The marketplace is currently providing something of a disincentive for
> studying theory (or even Scheme).

I am not clear that this is the case. Some of the best programmers
coming out of good universities are being hired by Wall Street (at
least no so long ago when Wall Street meant something) and large




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