Fw: A Tuition-free School In Silicon Valley
2016-05-25 05:31:51 GMT
Another interesting idea on why a pervasive connectivity paradigm delivers unexpected outcomes, that are potentially positive in nature. It may not need to use a lot of bandwidth, arguably, but it does need to be reliably on, wrt the separate thread on 4G. Relevant to India in the sense that an innately talented youngster with minimal exposure and competency in communication techniques such as this, no matter where, should be able to access such opportunities. Or hitch on them, in this case.
On Sun, 22 May, 2016 at 6:44 p.m.,Free lessons in coding and entrepreneurial thinking.A French billionaire put up $100 million to create a tuition-free school in Silicon Valley that's endorsed by Jack Dorsey and Evan Spiegel
A radical French technology school funded by $100 million from billionaire entrepreneur Xavier Niel is coming to Silicon Valley, and has plans to grow to 10,000 students in the next five years.The tuition-free school is primarily focused on teaching coding and entrepreneurial thinking, and is called "42," a nod to the book "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy," where 42 is the answer to "life, the universe and everything."Niel, a high-school dropout and one of France's biggest technology giants, started the school in 2013 to shake up the traditional mold of French education, and to churn out students that were innovative problem-solvers (and who employers wanted to hire). Another huge draw, especially in the US, is the lack of tuition, which can work to drastically reduce the cost of learning programming skills.42 already has big supporters in tech like Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey, and Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield. Spiegel called it a school from the future, while Dorsey gave a glowing endorsement, saying ''We are always looking for great engineers from any background and any education like 42.''Here's how 42's US operation will work:42 doesn't require a high-school diploma or give a traditional certificate at the end. The students, ages 18 to 30, get accepted into 42 through a logic-focused entrance exam (no coding experience is required). Then they come to 42 for a month-long session called "piscine" (pool), whose 100-hour weeks are designed to see who sinks and who swims. If they succeed, they enter into the program, which runs 3 to 5 years.There are no teachers. Students work in groups of two to five on computer programming challenges. The school calls this "peer to peer" learning, and students are expected to find what they need on the internet (the school gives them space, computers, and other equipment available 24/7).There is no tuition. Niel has provided $100 million to launch the new nonprofit school in the US. He told VentureBeat he has no plans to make any money off it, and hopes alumni will choose to give back to the school with donations.42 will launch in a new 200,000 square-foot classroom in Fremont, CA, and a 300-person (free) dormitory (42 says it is working to increase that capacity to 600).Since its launch in France, 42 has received more than 200,000 applications, and taught over 2,500 students.__._,_._____,_._,___
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