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Fwd: From one of your old students!!

michel paul-2
Just received this email from a former student earlier this week, and it really made my day.  It's an excellent falsification of an argument I was being given last year that Python in math classes MIGHT be OK for really motivated math students likely to major in some STEM discipline but that it would be tangential otherwise.  HA!  No so!  This girl was an artist, a good student, but definitely not going to be a math major.  However, having learned some Python in her math class was a plus for her in her college animation course!

Since Python is a general purpose language, it opens up all kinds of other doors, not just mathematical ones.

And let's be realistic - is she ever going to have to remember or use any of the things we studied in FST?  I doubt it.  More than likely the most useful thing she got from that course was how to think in Python.

- Michel



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Dear Mr Paul,

I had your FST class last year. I am going to the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and guess what, my scripting for Animation course is in PYTHON!! I thought that would be fun for you to hear, and now I have the advantage in the class for already having some experience with it!
Anyway, I hope things are looking up for you and your innovative intentions for upgrading my old high school.






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Re: Fwd: From one of your old students!!

David MacQuigg
Hi Michel,

We need a webpage with testimonials like this from former students.  If
you don't have a good place for it, I'll start a page on PyKata.  (Yes,
we are pretty well settled on that name now.)

And here I was thinking PyKata was for math and science students only.  
Bosh!!  We can have lesson plans tailored for anyone.  I'll be that
teacher at Pratt can come up with some really good exercises for his
animation course.

-- Dave


michel paul wrote:

> Just received this email from a former student earlier this week, and
> it really made my day.  It's an excellent falsification of an argument
> I was being given last year that Python in math classes MIGHT be OK
> for really motivated math students likely to major in some STEM
> discipline but that it would be tangential otherwise.  HA!  No so!  
> This girl was an artist, a good student, but definitely not going to
> be a math major.  However, having learned some Python in her math
> class was a plus for her in her college animation course!
>
> Since Python is a general purpose language, it opens up all kinds of
> other doors, not just mathematical ones.
>
> And let's be realistic - is she ever going to have to remember or use
> any of the things we studied in FST?  I doubt it.  More than likely
> the most useful thing she got from that course was how to think in Python.
>
> - Michel
>
>
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>
>
> Dear Mr Paul,
>
> I had your FST class last year. I am going to the Pratt Institute in
> Brooklyn, and guess what, my scripting for Animation course is in
> PYTHON!! I thought that would be fun for you to hear, and now I have
> the advantage in the class for already having some experience with it!
> Anyway, I hope things are looking up for you and your innovative
> intentions for upgrading my old high school.

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