Are Socially Mobile Techies Made in NY?

Join thousands of educators around the world, including none in most of New York’s disadvantaged communities.

Codecademy is #MadeInNY. If you don’t know what Codecademy is yet, you really should. Codecademy is a company that seeks to truly disrupt education rather than incrementally altering classrooms, primarily teaching programming at the moment. If you don’t know what Made in New York is, then you’ll have disappointed the lovely folks at NYC Digital. We Are Made In New York “an economic development initiative that supports the city’s vibrant tech community.”

A page on the Codecademy website dedicated to after-school programming, encourages educators to begin a coding club at their school using the site’s resources. Although an educator visiting the page likely already knows this, the page makes the value of such an activity clear, placing it in <strong> terms: “Digital literacy is now a fundamental skill like reading and writing.” Continue reading “Are Socially Mobile Techies Made in NY?”

Save DeWitt Clinton High School

DeWitt Clinton High School

Dear Mayor Bloomberg, Chancellor Walcott, and the people of the City of New York,

DeWitt Clinton High School should not be closed.  The closure of DeWitt Clinton High School will accomplish nothing but the waste of a valuable and unique opportunity.

It has been argued that the history of a school does not matter, that it is only the present activities of the school that matter.  That is not the version of History that I learned at DeWitt Clinton.  The History that I learned at DeWitt Clinton commands that the past is important, that the past is critical to the present.  DeWitt Clinton High School has a story that stretches over 115 years, starring hundreds of thousands of students, parents, faculty, and staff.  Continue reading “Save DeWitt Clinton High School”