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A New Year’s Resolution for the OWS Set

Mayor Bloomberg is doing it, and you can too! This CNN op-ed reports that NYC’s mayor has committed to learn computer code by 2013 using a new service called Codecademy:

He joined about 300,000 other people who have signed up at CodeYear to receive free interactive programming lessons each week from the Codecademy, a web-based tutorial. I am greatly relieved.

The article points out that Codecademy is providing an important social service: as technology plays an increasingly prominent role in our everyday lives, it is important that we understand the human element that lies behind it. But, even more importantly, the author highlights and pulls together a number of points that we have been making here at Via Meadia.

Using online education and a simple certification system, Codecademy offers a free and flexible way for people to learn an important skill that will make them more attractive to 21st century employers, while also making it easier for those employers to identify new recruits. Everyone — students, employers, Codecademy’s owners, and the rest of society — wins. As the Blue Social model crumbles, this is the sort of thinking that is going lead our educational system and our economy into a new era.

Codecademy’s newest initiative, CodeYear, offers one lesson per week through the end of the year. Via Meadia‘s advice to those whose history of film degrees just aren’t cutting it? Sign up today, and join the iGold Rush!

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  • Kris

    “NYC’s mayor has committed to learn computer code by 2013”

    Given some of Bloomberg’s Big Nanny initiatives, I am sure many will be cheering this development, cf. “idle hands.”

  • Anthony

    “Brown wants the blue model back and he’s assembled the old alliance to make it happen….” WRM, given not only California’s economy but also long term bond rates and return of risk, Rail Project remains unfeasible presently.

  • Anthony

    Correction @2, wrong Quick Take post.

  • Corlyss

    Learning code?
    Okay. I get the on-line education. I get the technology. I don’t get learning code. It’s not like learning English or a foreign language that’s designed to communicate with people. I might even get learning code for youngsters. But adults? The only reason to learn code is to design software. I’m not interested in designing software or talking to machines. I might want to design apps for other people’s machines, but that’s a real market driven hobby for those who do it. It’s not a profession. Designing uses for the next generation of machines might be a better line on a profession. Apple computers and the iPod were not the answers to a consumer’s prayers. Steve Jobs made us want what he designed. That’s marketing, not tinkering.

  • Tacitus

    I share your enthusiasm for online education, but the “history of film degree” comment was a bit curmudgeonly, don’t you think?

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