“…the overt and discrete habits of mind necessary for autonomous, self-directed learning.”

The TI-83 Plus had helped me cultivate many of the overt and discrete habits of mind necessary for autonomous, self-directed learning. And even more, it did this without resorting to grades, rewards, or other extrinsic motivators that schools often use to coerce student engagement.
The Atlantic: Go Ahead, Mess With Texas Instruments

Articles like this make me wish I had glommed onto programming much earlier than I did.