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h ood: The Kids Should Fight Back

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Robert Hansen

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Re: “Competition is Ruining Child
h ood: The Kids Should Fight Back

Posted: Nov 10, 2017 10:03 AM
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Kirby wrote...

"Of the two of us, whom do you suppose is older and got into programming
first?"

I think we are about the same age, but I probably got "into" it before you. My earliest exposure was Plato, and that wasn't trivial, and I was programming Z80 assembly on video game (stand up) consoles right out of high school. And then I went gang busters. I think the depth of my assembly language programming in the day, from embedded micro processors all the way through mainframes, made me language agnostic. A computer language linguist.


"You keep trying this "I've already been around that block a few times"
line, but then out of the other side of your mouth it's about how to keep
math unsullied i.e. purged of computers, but then Digital Math is OK
(Litvins), but then...."

1. Math is a staple (up to basic algebra, and further for some careers), coding is not.
2. You need to focus on math first, at least up through algebra, to prepare for coding.

And I have provided many references to curriculums and their requisites, including Litvins', that state the same exact philosophy. And I have been consistent.

Just stand by your idea that we should teach coding in math class, starting in elementary school, and stop trying to twist mine, or Litvins', or Stuy's, or even Garcia's. Which is essentially that math (through algebra) comes first, and then coding.

Bob



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