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RE: Simplicity of Authoring and Accessibility Tools

From: Charles F. Munat <chas@munat.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2001 11:35:02 -0800
To: "'Anne Pemberton'" <apembert@crosslink.net>, "'WAI Interest Group \(E-mail\)'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <003601c08318$159b0ab0$0100a8c0@aries>
Oh, they're still learning. Let's just say that their focus has shifted away
from academics a bit. It's adults I don't understand. Why are so many so
averse to learning anything new? I suspect it has to do with fear of looking
stupid.

Chas.

-----Original Message-----
From: Anne Pemberton [mailto:apembert@crosslink.net]
Sent: Saturday, January 20, 2001 5:46 AM
To: Charles F. Munat; WAI Interest Group (E-mail)
Subject: RE: Simplicity of Authoring and Accessibility Tools


Charles,

	My underestanding from discussions during the planning, was that this was
to be an introduction to programming for the majority of the kids, and HTML
was to be taught. I don't know if CSS is taught with it, but I will make a
point of finding out next time I talk to someone who knows for sure.

	My experience is that kids are fairly enthusiastic about learning through
sixth grade or until puberty sets in .... then it's anywhere from one to
four years til/if they can get back on track again ...

				Anne


At 12:32 PM 1/19/01 -0800, Charles F. Munat wrote:
>Anne Pemberton wrote:
>"But, I suspect you will be equally horrified to learn that the state of
>Virginia has as one of its instructional standards (for technology) that by
>eighth grade each Virginia student will have created their own web page."
>
>No, I think that's a great idea. But I hope that those students are taught
>HTML and CSS and not just plopped down in front of Front Page and told to
>drag and drop. What would be the point of that?
>
>In my experience, kids like to learn things like HTML (up until about 8th
>grade, anyway... after that some don't want to learn anything at all).
>Adults are another matter. I think that many adults decide right after high
>school that they're done having to learn things and that's that. Thus the
>resistance of many to learning HTML (or, in fact, *anything* about
>computers).
>
>IMO, the problem is not with learning HTML, but with overcoming the
>unwillingness to try and the fear of failure.
>
>Charles Munat
>
>
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