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From: Matthew Whiting <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 1999 18:50:00 -0500
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"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.  :-)

Matt

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