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Can a non-programmer teach Perl?
Caveats: many of the students will have trouble figuring out how to turn the computer on.
This kinda scares me, I would recommend your teacher only allow students who have taken whatever "basics of computers" as a minimum prerequisite to attend this class. There is no way any students are going to get anything out of a "programming class" when the speed and content is hindered by questions like "where is the 'any' key?"
I know you said be nice, and I'm trying, but this does not look like a well thought out idea. It's like taking Calculus before ever taking a basic Algebra class, and the students will get about the same amount out of it.
If this class is to succeed it needs to have some prerequisites, otherwise it is a waste of your teachers, and students, time.
"Nothing is sure but death and taxes" I say combine the two and its death to all taxes!