I don't think a 10-year old would ever understand "grep" or "awk", for example, no matter how patiently you explained it. I think it's way too hard to get a young child to understand the condensed code AND learn the programming concepts.
And yet, 20 years ago we did exactly that.... What has changed is what we aspired to... I was happy to be able to write a "Donkey" clone in a higher level language (not BASIC). Kids these days see GTA4 and want to code that and that's simply not going to happen.
I guess your sig is all too true in this context.
There was a lot wrong with AT&T back then. Now it's sorted, sort of. Even the name AT&T has changed hands twice, but the last company to buy the name seems determined to validate the negative reminiscences. They don't have to care: they're the phone company.
If that's an hubris you can buy, let me put my bid in at a buck and a half.
without einstein who was skeptical of some of newton's predictions, we wouldn't have relativity today.
Cops are not, and should not be, in the punishment business. (that's a different department)
Dude, do you realize who signs up to be prison guards? Ex-cops and wannabe cops. You may as well have said, "Cops are not, and should not be in the [airline passenger screening | private investigation | security guard] business.".
Last yeer I kudn't spel Engineer. Now I are won.