Examples of Python Use
Alice is a virtual reality educational program which uses 3d technology to teach students object-oriented programming languages such as Java or C++. It has quite a cult following. One of it's founders is the late Dr. Randy Pausch, who gave the famous speech "The Last Lecture". Alice 1.0 was Python, and it is now Java in its present incarnation, but many Alice developers script using Python.
Python.org maintains a list of the uses of Python in education .
A very popular math software program, ClawPack, uses Python. There is even an article on on its usage in reproducible research . In reproducible research, all of the details in computations, including data and code, are made available for everyone to see and use.
Zope, a popular user friendly web content managment system, is written in Python.
Not to worry folks, Perl is here to stay. It has a large legacy code base, and people will always be attracted to its way of condensing what in another program would be several lines of code into a one line, elegant solution.