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[REBOL] Re: teaching rebol

From: Al:Bri:xtra at: 3-Apr-2003 19:17

Andrew wrote:
> > I'm against creating a dialect purely for teaching purposes. It's better
to create a dialect that's useful, instead. Gregg wrote:
> It would be useful, if it helps to teach concepts though, no?
I think a worked example would be better. I'm against creating something that's purely intended to be learnt and then discarded. It's a waste of time for the teacher and the student.
> To me, the experts who are the best at explaining advanced concepts to
normal people (i.e. people out of the know) are able to distill the important principles and elements and express them in ways that may have no real value beyond that context.
> Would you agree or disagree with that statement?
I think that important principals can be learned in one area and applied to another out of that context. For example, learning carpentry and applying the knowledge to samurai sword duels. See Miyamoto Mushashi's Book of Five Rings for more on this. As one acquires bodies of knowledge, one's ability to learn more bodies of knowledge becomes better -- one learns more of how to to learn more! That probably means I disagree with the statement. :) Andrew Martin ICQ: 26227169