> -----Original Message-----
> Behalf Of der Mouse
> Sent: 08 July 2004 03:47
> Subject: Re: [SC-L] Education and security -- another perspective (was
> "ACM Queue - Content")
> > I see both of you willing to mandate the teaching of C and yet not
> > mandate the teaching of any of Ada, Pascal, PL/I etc.
> > This seems like the teaching of "making do".
> And is not making do an important skill?

Absolutely, "making do" is an important skill.  However, those being taught have to be 
told that they are "making do" and made properly aware of the alternatives.  In fact 
showing them the superiority of the alternatives should help them understand the 
limitations of C and why they need to know how to "make do"!

What is not acceptable is to deprive them of the knowledge of superior alternatives 
and leave them thinking that "making do" is the state of the art.


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