>So far, no one responses to my concern that "if we don't teach >algorithm to kids now, who is gonna put the algorithm into the >calculators in the next generation, and nonetheless to say to imporve >the algorithm in the next generation calculators." > >Any comment? > >Chi-Tien
Heck, I guess I'll have a go at it...
The following is not meant to reflect how I feel about learning algorithms. Rather, it is meant to reflect a little on your reflections. Please don't read into this that I am against teaching algorithms. That's not going to be my point.
You argue that not teaching the algorithm now may mean that, in the future, there will be no one to put the algorithm into the calculator.
First of all, what percentage of the population will ever really need to do such calculator/computer programming? Should we teach the many millions of students the algorithm so that perhaps 50 of them can do the programming?
Second of all, I know my algorithms quite well, but I wouldn't know the first thing about getting down to a nitty gritty computer language in order to teach a calculator to do it.