Educational Entanglements: From Ivy League to Coding Bootcamps

What I’ve Learned from Wide Ranging Educational Experiences

Jesse Ruiz (she/they)

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4/18/2022

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Introduction

In this article, I will discuss the pedagogical underpinnings of coding bootcamps and share my own experience with attending a coding bootcamp and other education institutions. Referencing a great article by Launch School to outline the theory behind the pedagogy of bootcamps, I explain this pedagogy and how it differs from traditional higher education. My goal is to shed light on the real choices that underly degree, certificate and career training programs. When you are trying to decide to go to college or coding bootcamp, what are you really choosing? What implications do different forms of education entail? Ultimately, the education system is highly commercialized, so buyers should be aware of what they’re buying when it comes to education.

My educational experiences have been really wide ranging. I attended an Ivy League college straight out of high school at the age of 18 in New York City. I had my dreams crushed, closeted myself, made very few friends, and developed eating disorders and a major depression. I dropped out, returned to my hometown, and attend a small community college to study art. I have since then attended a large state university for graduate school and a coding bootcamp to start a career in the tech field.

Having gone through such a wide array of educational experiences, including attending public schools and Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) abroad in my K-12 education, I have first-hand experience of the incredible transformation that is happening in education. I have come to the conclusion that degrees are highly overrated. I will continue to support coding bootcamps as great experience for people looking to change careers and/or people without a background in computer science. In the same vein, I support and encourage young people to attend or think about vocational or skills-based schools or programs.

Pedagogy of Coding Bootcamps

The Launch School, a coding bootcamp, heavily publicizes itself as a mastery-based school. In its article on the subject, the authors from the school…

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Jesse Ruiz (she/they)

Data Engineer, Artist, Queer writing about tech and life