"W. Wesley Groleau x4923" wrote:
> > I don't really have a quarrel with your program starting with
> > VB. As a curriculum planner, I'm all too aware that we debate,
> > endlessly, the right order in which to introduce languages,
> > concepts, tools, etc., without being able to prove our assertions.
> > It's all pretty much "religion", with little or no persuasive
> > empirical study (of the solid controlled variety) behind it.
> Well, it may not be the "solid controlled variety" but I find
> John McCormick's report on switching from C to Ada rather persuasive.
> > My quarrel was with your assertion that VB would raise your
> > retention rate.
> What is the goal, to lower the drop-out rate or to raise the
> quality of the graduates' skills? Often, these two goals are
> mutually exclusive.
Sounds like John may have achieved both simultaneously. :-)