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I find it hard to believe a beginner with no theoretical CS background would pick up a functional language first. So the question still stands.

How strange. Why would you find it hard to believe?

It is one of several programming paradigms, after all. Am I missing something?

The "advanced intro CS" class at Cornell (CS 212, at least at the time) used Scheme.

Maybe I should become a high school CS teacher, because I would not curse anyone with a procedural language.

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