[plt-scheme] A Couple of Questions on DrScheme/Mzscheme

From: Matthias Felleisen (matthias at ccs.neu.edu)
Date: Mon Sep 30 11:35:51 EDT 2002

So you're the MIT of Poland, and you better make sure that you don't 
fall into the MIT trap. Talk to people at MIT who teach the courses
that consume SICP students, and hear them cry. -- Matthias

At Mon, 30 Sep 2002 17:30:00 +0200 (CEST), Zbyszek Jurkiewicz wrote:
> On Mon, 30 Sep 2002, Matthias Felleisen wrote:
> > If Polish high school students know how to design programs according to
> > the recipes in HtDP (not necessarily know the book), I congratulate you
> > and your country for putting together one fantastic pre-college curriculum. 
> > I'd love to see this in action. 
> No, I'm not so idealistic (and it is not true).  Rather, it all depends
> on teachers (as always).  But because to get to our dept. candidate
> has to pass entry exams (which are not pass/fail, but we have limited
> number of places and select the best), the initial level of student
> is rather high (in CS and math of course).
> Also, many of our candidates had taken part in national CS competitions 
> in programming for high schools (and ever international ones, called
> Olympiads :-) -- they need not to pass the exams.
> So we are in comfortable position.  Besides, I do not expect our
> high-school curricula to be generally better than elsewhere, probably
> it is typical, also with the languages used :-(
> Zbyszek Jurkiewicz

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