On 25 May 2005, at 00:55, Timothy Murphy wrote:
>>>> Python is an excellent language for teaching.
>>>>>> Really? For teaching what?
>>>> I think it's fair to assume, that he was refering to teaching
>> programming, as that was the topic the OP asked about.
>> Python is a good language to learn if you want to learn Python;
> it's a crazy language to learn for any other purpose.
My 14 y.o. son wants to learn programming, and I suggested Python. Why
do you think it's a crazy language?
> Is there such a thing as "teaching programming" as opposed to teaching
> a programming language?
That's a good question. Babies can't learn to talk without learning a
specific language, and I know Chomsky and others have written about the
importance of language to thought - can we think without language?
Clearly the answer to that is a qualified "Yes" as animals think, but
don't really have language as we would know it.
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