Which Textbook to follow to do this project?


The question was asked in all innocence by a final year CS student. A majority of our technology students graduate and join the industry with the firm belief that all problems can be solved by reading some textbook. Why don't somebody tell our students that writing code and hacking stuff is no stroll in the park? That you learn stuff ONLY BY DOING! That experimentation, trial-and-error and sleepless nights are your friends on the path towards enlightenment? Last few days have been really hectic - I took over the responsibility of `guiding' some CS/IT course `projects' not fully realizing the amazing amount of hard work and dedication that the students are willing to put in! I give them some work to do and they spend a stupendous THIRTY MINUTES trying to get it done and then come and ask me for the solution. I am now taking sadistic delight in NOT telling them the answer and making them spend even days trying to get something as simple as a build working satisfactorily. That's the only way to make them learn something - and some of them are not very amused by it!


Thu Nov 22 04:36:09 2007

tough time teachers out there! Even I had faced this problem. Students want only a piece of code (ready made) to submit as an assignment or project. Very sad part :( .

Pramode C.E

Thu Nov 22 11:04:16 2007

There might be many reasons for this. Maybe, only very few students study the subject because they *love* it - most do it just to get makrs. Maybe, bad teachers might have killed all the enthusiasm of even good students. Maybe the students are just plain lazy ...


Tue Jun 10 04:02:46 2008

Why blame the students ? What do colleges and Universities do, to help them learn ? Reminds me of a project work done by my studnets on formal methods and program verification.Their college almost rejected the report because the report had no source code. The code is computer science for most of our colleges and universities. It is just like saying that a pile of bricks is equal to civil engg. So sad. When will all this change ? partha

Pramode C.E

Tue Jun 10 17:38:23 2008

No easy solutions - education is way down the priority list of the government, and the private sector views it as just another "industry" to make money ....

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