Author: Kristina Lenn
Editors: Alex Taylor, Zena Lapp, and Scott Barolo
People say that “love” is probably the most abused word in the English language. I disagree. I think the word that is most misused is “genius.”
I taught engineering at Wayne State University for three years, and the class I taught that was most frustrating for the students was programming. Many of my students would come to me and say how discouraged they were; how they seemed to be behind everyone else; and how they thought they should already know how to do everything. My response was, “If you already knew how to do it, why would you need the class? It’s required for a reason.” In fact, many of them would look at me and say, “You hardly even think about the answer. You just start typing the code and it magically works.” I had to remind them that I’d been teaching for years and programming for almost a decade.