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Course Description:,M50: An Introduction to Mathematica in the Classroom not offered online

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  • Subject: [mg62065] Course Description:,M50: An Introduction to Mathematica in the Classroom not offered online
  • From: Roger Bagula <rlbagulatftn at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 02:51:11 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

At:
http://www.wolfram.com/news/teachernetwork.html
we are told there is:
Free introductory Mathematica training
http://www.wolfram.com/services/education/courses/m50.html

At the online Training Calendar  we find it isn't offered:
http://www.wolfram.com/services/education/calendar.cgi

I think the worse part is that the training is limited to
high school and college teachers with elementary education completely 
forgotten.

Are children today being taught to program computers?

 From a Gates biography at Microsoft:
"Gates attended public elementary school and the private Lakeside 
School. There, he discovered his interest in software and began 
programming computers at age 13."
http://www.microsoft.com/billgates/bio.asp

The point is that students are not really educated about computers, but 
educated to become blind users.
Fundamental computer education as it existed in the 60's, 70's and early 
80's is gone.
http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0JVP/is_2003_Spring/ai_102119717
http://www.erzwiss.uni-hamburg.de/Sonstiges/Logo/logolite.htm

If as a culture we expect to continue to progress, we have to
make our children ready to receive learning.
Without programming training they will fail
and our culture with them?


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