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Comment Re:Think of the children! (Score 1) 232

I have learnt python this September to teach it to 16 year olds. It is extremely easy to pick up as a language and some of the libraries are very useful and efficient. Loading a text file in one line kind of thing seems easy to learn for kids. I'm disappointed by the lack of an easy GUI, tkinter just seems awful after the simplicity of initial python for kids. I'd much prefer a more visual studio type approach to python, with an easy to drag and drop set of GUI elements, but then again, I teach python in a strange environment where the tasks are prescribed and the kids don't really have proper access to their machines.

Comment I'm a teacher (Score 1) 956

Not at this school, obviously, but still.

Is america employing proper idiot level thickos to the eductation system or what? I get the impression that teachers are supposed to be rational, educated people. If a kid brought in a clock I'd assume it wouldn't cause a bomb scare. I'd give the kid a pat on the back and an arduino to mess with.

In the UK, we're about to give every 11 year old a 'computer'. Basically it's a bit like an arduino with 25 red LED's on it in a 5x5 matrix. EVERY child in the country will be given one for free. I'm looking forward to what they come up with, but a bomb scare won't be on that list of expectations.

What are teachers on in the US? It boggles the mind.

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