"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
"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
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