strangest systems I've sent email from

Brian L. Stuart blstuart at
Mon Apr 25 12:50:50 CDT 2016

On Mon, 4/25/16, Swift Griggs <swiftgriggs at> wrote:
> So, the point is that the  masses
> don't often pick "great" languages to fixate on.  IMHO, Just 
> because I point that out, doesn't make me "foolish, ignorant, narrow 
> minded, or short-sighted"

I usually try to stay out of such discussions, but I think it's
important to draw some distinctions here.  First, it's not pointing
out which languages/techniques are popular that's narrow-
minded and short-sighted.  It's the view that popularity and
"commercial viability" is the primary consideration of value
in education that's narrow-minded and short-sighted.  Second,
it's the perspective that's narrow-minded and short-sighted,
not the person who expresses that perspective.  Many people
fail to appreciate the distinction between training and education
and as a result see the primary purpose of the university to
be job preparation.  That so many people misunderstand the
purpose of the university isn't a reflection on their individual
intelligence or priorities.  It's a reflection on the misplaced
priorities of the secondary education system and of society
as a whole.  It's the same misplaced priorities that lead so
many students to be so obsessed by the most meaningless
part of the system: grades.


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