[Python-il] Python/OSS education
choo at actcom.co.il
Fri Oct 8 23:16:36 IST 2010
Rani Hod wrote:
> Now, the most Utopian thing would be if the Ministry of Education
> would suddenly decide that the 5-unit Bagrut in computers would
> consist of learning Python/OSS, including all the skills I mentioned
> above, and then the big universities will teach Python in their
> introductory programming courses instead of C and Java. That would
> be heaven, and in my opinion this will greatly improve Israel's tech
> scene in 5-10 years.
> But it would be very hard to make it happen, as the Ministry of
> Education is very conservative, and so are universities.
> Update: Tel-Aviv University is having a pilot next semester (the spring
> one) of teaching Introduction to Computer Science (for CS students) in
> Python (rather than in Scheme, which is a variant of lisp).
> I happen to be the TA in this class, so I would be happy to hear
> Note that this is NOT an Introduction to Programming course. I do not
> expect students to know Python's ins and outs. I'll mention
> documentation and debugging, but won't go into licensing.
One thing of importance: one of the problems with high-level languages,
is that they hide efficiency issues very well - e.g. people start using
lists, dictionaries and such, with little awareness to what goes under
the hood - and as a result don't get the feel for how efficient (or not)
some of the data structures are.
are you going to tackle this issue in this course? i got a feeling you
won't be using python in the data structures course - and many people
may miss the connection.
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