O'Reilly.com: The Eighth Annual Python Conference: Day TwoJan 30, 2000, 16:11 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Frank's point was that there are a number of efforts underway to use the power and accessibility of Open Source Software to extend computer education to younger students, students who have been ignored up to now."
"Frank doesn't subscribe to the "programming-to-work" model of computer education. This isn't another jobs program, with classes in keyboarding and Excel. His goal is to emphasize the expressive nature of programming and to teach students another way, like mathematics and philosophy, to think about and organize the world."
"Python is ideally suited for this task, Frank believes, because it is clean and simple; the syntax doesn't get in the way of the programming logic. Also, much to its credit, Python is also a practical language that students can use to accomplish real tasks."