'm determined to at least give them some idea of what's really happening, to understand what programming is, even if they're not really going to do it ever.
It sounds like you want to be very analytical about this. As you may know, learning natural language can be very effective via the immersion method, where one does not learn grammar, memorize rules, or study in the abstract sense at all - you just sorta pick it up by doing.
So, as much as I tend to want to like you, I can't help but play devil's advocate as well.
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