>Nonetheless, the political forces have been busy trying to find a way past that, as they did with mathematics. A way to get more students who aren?t programmers into programming college. A way to get more students who aren?t programmers into programming college. This is hard to do with programming because of the element of performance.
Well, I don't know about "political forces" unless you simply mean there's a group of people who think getting lots more people into programming is a way to shore up the economy, keep America #1, unleash the potential of women, realize a Star-trek future etc. I'm not one of them. When I suggest that kids can start to learn programming in grade school, perhaps I'm just suggesting that (1) kids have curiosity about computers and programming, (2) there's no reason to "hold off" till a later age, (3) I'm talking about baby steps of course. Just like music lessons, most will find the rigors of programming unappealing at some point and drop out. Geez, am I agreeing here? Heavens.