[REBOL] Re: XML.com Embedded Markup Considered Harmful [Oct. 02, 1997]
From: jason:cunliffe:verizon at: 13-Oct-2002 19:25
Joel Neely wrote:
> EWD told a wonderful story about giving an individualized test where
> the student is presented with a problem and is expected to "think
> aloud" while designing a solution on the board in the professor's
> presence. The problem he described involves achieving a specified
> condition in a single pass across a one-dimensional array, where the
> obvious solution would sweep back-and-forth multiple times. He had
> been accustomed (over many uses of this problem) to seeing the
> students end up with some processing upon elements in "increasing"
> (left-to-right) positional order.
> He was surprised by a student from Israel, who developed an equally
> valid solution which swept the array in *decreasing* (right-to-left)
> positional order. He wondered how much growing up reading r-to-l
> Hebrew instead of a l-to-r European language influenced the way the
> student conceptualized the problem.
> Makes one wonder, doesn't it?!
Yes. Great story Joel :-)
I collect this stuff. Any idea of an exact source?