Two insights on teaching computer programming

David Klappholz d.klappholz at
Wed Jan 4 12:00:24 EST 2006

At 08:21 AM 1/3/2006, Matthias Felleisen wrote:

>On Jan 3, 2006, at 3:00 AM, David Klappholz wrote:
>>At 06:51 PM 1/2/2006, Kirby Urner wrote:
>>>What a lot of students are looking for in a first year CS is a lot of
>>>overview and exposure to tools they'll be able to use in other walks of
>>>life, i.e. they've already decided they're not CS majors
>>Some, if not many, of us have a first CS course specifically for CS majors
>>and another one for non-majors, but I think/know that our CS majors want "a
>>lot of
>>overview and exposure to tools they'll be able to use" from the first course.
>The average student at an average college just wants a degree so that
>she can find a well-paying job that doesn't demand too much. Why dont
>we just hand out those degrees and focus on the few that matter and
>our research?

Your response reveals something that really disturbs me about many 
university faculty. If you can't answer your own question, I'll let 
others answer it rather than showing the anger I feel.


>-- Matthias
>P.S. And pharmacy majors should be able to dispense chemo after a 
>semester, too.
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