Re: Putative Inborn Inability to Program

Subject: Re: Putative Inborn Inability to Program
From: Robert Plamondon <robert -at- PLAMONDON -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 1995 08:35:11 PST

Kris Olberg writes:

>You may be right about lack of a controlled study. Let me clarify that I have
>never said that "liberal arts types can't program" nor have I even implied
>the same. That's your quote and implication, not mine.

I used your more qualified statement as a jumping board to something
else. Sorry.

>My contention is that we should not mislead writers into thinking that
>anyone can learn to program. Programming is simply not within the realm
>of some people, regardless of what they do for a living.

What makes you believe this? My experience is the opposite.
I don't know anyone INCAPABLE of learning programming. Ten years
ago, I knew people who were certain that they were incapable of
dealing with computers on any level, but they all got over it.
Nor, in college, did I hear the kind of whiny despair in the
CS classes that I did in the math classes. Most everyone seemed
to be getting passing grades, and even learning stuff, which is more
than could be said for a lot of classes.

-- Robert

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