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Please note that once some of the project was working, many dropouts became interested again.
So, yeah, I do count this as a success. :-)
Actually, the drop out was 7 out of 8. There were 8 people taking the course, 6 of them students of the school, 2 of them teachers of the school. None of the adults survived. And if programming is hard was a factor, than the conclusion ought to be that Perl certainly didn't make it an
The gender of the two teachers taking the course was not disclosed.
If you're looking for reasons why so many of the students dropped out, consider how you introduce Perl to them:
For which I offer many thanks, to you and TomC. I am about to buy my 3rd copy, as they seem to grow legs and wander off to other cubicles.
For the Middle School in Fall 1999, we had about 18 kids initially dropping to 14 steady state, made up of 4 girls/10 boys. For the Middle School in Winter 1999-2000, there were 8 kids - all boys. For the Middle School in Spring 2000, there were 2 to 4 kids. The ones who attended regularly were 2 girls.
From the point of view of simply getting the institution of the school to offer the experience, though, it was a considerable success. It is a good school but it still takes a lot of work to get perl to be allowed on the computers, to get a teacher willing to be involved, and then finally to have some kids who are interested.
The other element of success
During that session (Spring 1998) the two adults were made up of one man and one woman. The woman lasted the longest.
The suggestion of "one liners" (though I didn't try to do regular expressions until about lesson six of my revised approach) was essentially what I learned worked.
In the most successful of the Middle School efforts last year, by the end of the computer club unit (which lasted from about October through January) the 13 or 14 students each wrote t
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