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Comment: Its called learning (Score 1) 590 590

There is a reason that every write "hello world". There is a reason that it is actually ok to reinvent the wheel, if only to figure out how the wheel works so you can use it better.

I gotta say I cannot believe this hit /. frontpage, are there no more "do it yourself" programmers around?

Comment: Re:How long since you were in school? (Score 1) 417 417

For me, one of the things I would program into my calculator would be programs what worked out these multi-step problems as well as print out each step. I mostly did it because I hated homework and doing the same problem that I understood already over and over hurt my brain.

Comment: self starters (Score 1) 427 427

I loved doing math by the time I was in 5th grade, so that lead me to doing it on my own time. My mom bought me some higher level math books, in fact that was the only "home"work that I have every enjoyed, and it wasn't even from the school.

I guess my point is that (anecdotally) you can still do math at an earlier age if you choose to, but I do know a lot of people that could not get it till a bit later. I'm talking about algebra+ here, I think pre-8 should know the basics of counting, addition and subtraction.

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