This is a wonderful excerpt from a story by our Atlanta Campus Operations Manager, Kyle Van Pelt. (Scroll to the bottom for a link to the full post.)
Technology is another area where my passion directed me to self-education. I am in the minority of the tech industry because I didn’t graduate in a field related to computers. I graduated with a sport management degree. However, when I got my first taste of the tech world, I was hooked. That was almost four years ago and I have obsessed over “catching up” in knowledge about technology. I’m sure it may be some sort of inferiority complex, but I don’t care. I want to learn as much as I possibly can about how the internet works and how people build businesses through the power of the internet. I want to possess the weapon that Mandela was talking about.
I battle frustration over this frequently, I wish I was learning this stuff 8-10 years ago instead of four. I didn’t though. I didn’t learn like this when I was in school because I think that the current school system isn’t made for people like me. I believe it’s broken and I think I slipped through the cracks.
I graduated high school with a 2.7 GPA and I graduated college with a 2.6. When I look back at that, I feel embarrassed. I often tell people that if I went to school now, I think I would be a straight A student, but I’m not sure if that’s true because I don’t think a thirst for knowledge equals good grades in our system. Especially not for a kinesthetic learner like me. I believe the current education system is absolutely broken for kinesthetic learners and greatly favors auditory learners, which happen to be the minority of Americans.
There is hope though. I hear and read about companies like ALTschool and I’m encouraged. While most people love Coursera, I’m not bullish on the massive open online course format at all. I believe there is too little accountability for massive open online courses to succeed. When I was in college, I saw way too many kids deliberately cheat on their online assignments to fully believe in it, though it is a good attempt.
I believe that the future of education is going to look a lot like The Iron Yard.
In case you don’t know, The Iron Yard is an academy that offers three month intense, immersive classes where non-computer science grads like me can learn to code. The reason I’m so bullish on this is because I’ve seen what their graduates can do. In fact, my brother in-law is a graduate of their iOS class and his code is just as impressive as any other junior developer I’ve met.
I don’t believe that this is the future of education just because it’s related to tech, the gold is in the format…