Saturday, January 31, 2009

Teaching Computer Science at all costs

Somewhere in the Roppongi mall in Tokyo, looking out at the city

The Manga Guide to Databases, Mana Takahashi.

I just saw a pointer to this book over at Bruce Eckel's blog.. and i'm not sure what to think about it. Apparently it is a book with a storyline, with bits of juicy database knowledge used throughout to solve plot problems. I can barely get through mangas without left joins and replication, but this would be a whole different ballgame!

On one hand, it is good to get otherwise uninterested students reading about technical subjects. But on the other hand, how much cartooning and dumbing down do we need for people to find Computer Science digestible? To my young eyes, it just seems like a replacement for teachers that work hard for their students.

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