[plt-scheme] Computers considered harmful

From: Matthias Felleisen (matthias at ccs.neu.edu)
Date: Wed May 6 19:57:08 EDT 2009

I had planned on turning out of this conversation though this twist  
deserves a comment.

If you took the time read educational mailing lists and newsgroups,  
you would soon find out that the vast majority of primary and  
secondary teachers are ONLY interested in what motivates their  
students and have LITTLE interest in bringing across solid  
foundations. In my experience this also applies to so-called  
'teaching faculty', people who work at research universities for the  
purpose of lightening the load for 'research faculty.' It applies  
much less to ordinary professors who go into first and second year  

That's why Java is taught at many many places. It 'motivates' students.

That's why Scheme and HtDP aren't taught. It doesn't motivate students.

Point is: if you have no backbone, you use 'motivation' to excuse  
every bad style of teaching and education.

I pride myself in combining the right mix in my courses, with perhaps  
too much backbone -- Matthias

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