Hacking Rhetoric

Blue Post 2: The Hacker School


This week I found the Hacker School article to be really interesting. I like how the school is student led and solely centered on a participative environment that focuses on constructive criticism and learning from each other. The fact that there are no assignments or grades eliminates criticism and negative energy from the learning environment. I wish there were more schools like this in other areas of learning for similar motivated and dedicated students. I think the school is, and will continue to be extremely successful because every student wants to be there by choice and is eager to learn coding. The projects are also self-selected. Not being told what to learn or tested on their knowledge will encourage the students to take initiative for their own education. Eliminating the traditional assignments and deadlines fosters creativity and leadership, as well as collaboration.

The Hacker School giving out grants to women is a great opportunity for women. Women generally do not make as much as men, so attending the school especially in New York City can be expensive—it gives excellent female students with financial difficulties the opportunity to attend and pursue their passion. Giving out grants with further diversify the student body at the Hacker School and keep it on the path to greatness.


3 thoughts on “Blue Post 2: The Hacker School

  1. I also thought it was awesome how everything was self-guided. People are at the school to learn about something they are passionate about. Perhaps if everyone was equally as passionate about their degree plan, UT would have a lot more happier students lol

  2. This article was very interesting! I have never heard of a school that does anything like this, but I agree that it could be extremely beneficial to learn this way. This is exactly what I think of when I think of hacking as making something work a different way than it is supposed to. In a school, the norm is for their to be a teacher teaching a class; however, in this article the students get to teach each other.

    • Y’all might be interested in looking at MOOCs — “massive open online courses”. They’re open-enrollment online courses, sometimes with videotaped lectures, sometimes with just web resources. I’ve taken a few just for kicks and in the last one I took, students were randomly put into groups and expected to assist each other — no teaching assistant or real contact with the lecturer.

      Montessori education also uses some of those same principles — teachers do offer lessons, but kids are expected to learn from doing and given free reign to focus on educational activities that work for them.

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