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Lies in education [was Re: The "loop and a half"]


On 09/10/17 20:06, Stefan Ram wrote:
> ram at zedat.fu-berlin.de (Stefan Ram) writes:
>> Steve D'Aprano <steve+python at pearwood.info> writes:
>>> At various stages of education, we teach many lies-to-children, including:
>> Many of those lies can be perfectly true in some sense.
>> I pick some examples:
> 
>    Another noun phrase with "lie" is "white lie".
> 
>    In his book about programming, Bjarne Stroustrup writes:
> 
> |We try hard to avoid "white lies"; that is, we refrain from
> |oversimplified explanations that are clear and easy to
> |understand, but not true in the context of real languages and
> |real problems.

That would go a long way to explaining why I tried and failed to learn 
C++ three times from Stroustrup's books.

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