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10/20/2006:

School matters, EH..?


So here I am still bummed out because of the events I scribbled earlier, listening to ColdPlay's Pour Me (though it is beginning to sound like Poor Me already)... reading about that Microsoft demo glitch (again..?), about a study that women these days would prefer a new plasma TV over a diamond necklace (sweet!)...

... about news on Israel and Hezbollah, about Rumsfield...

... about The 25 Most Important Questions in the History of the Universe, about wikipedia critiques, blobs, how to write things on water...

... and yes about smart eggs.

Reading... and surfing around instead of getting into the usual protocols that put me into a coding zone.

And then I stumbled upon this Why your school matters in getting a job post from Greg Moreno (via Pinoy TechScene).

I can only count 7 of my neurons working so I'm not sure whether to agree or not. But I do agree on some parts.

And disagree on others.

I've been what... working in the academe's IT department for 8 years. Tortured college CS and IT students for five years, been free lancing, doing database systems, consultations (and even referee-ing admin/personnel-related fights) for 10 more schools and colleges here in Manila after I have transferred from Davao.

I have seen how things work from a student's point of view. In a first person point of view as a teacher/staff/employee... in the diffferent admins' bird-eye-views (with an s), in a different insider's and outsider's points of views... and compared notes with other academe dwelling entities as well.

All I can say is what matters is what the school does to you... to her students.

If she pampers you like a spoiled brat so afraid that their school population would decrease if the idealist teacher decides to flank you... then their graduates would speak for themselves, or not.

If they punish you, torture you... readies you for the real world, develops attitude instead of employing mere lectures and depending on non-existent listening skills... then... they're probably doing something good.

That is if you survive the ordeal.

Bottom line... what matters is how they mold you.

... and how you handled things when you were in their folds.

Did you spend more time complaining..? Playing Ragnie... visiting Friendster instead of doing the 'school stuff.'

Were you able to surpass the trickier part.

That is...

How to fight the existing educational system from preventing you from really, really learning.

The three universities that were mentioned, objectively, have proven to have done their part for the past years. (Well at least 2 of those mentioned. I'm not sure why the other one was even included. Flame gear on.)

That is something their students are gaining from.

Reputations don't just pop out.

They're built. Through years. Not days. Not through commercials. Through extensive processes. Not through luxurious buildings named after recent enrollees with huge 'donations'.

But that doesn't really mean that their students are the only best there is.

One of the most hardcore coders I have met doesn't even come from these schools but I would bet my three month old keyboard that he can kick the collective arses of probably 3 out of 5 graduates from those exclusives.

I'll include my USB thumbdrive if you would allow him to code with two hands.

But then again the only one who was able to survive working with me did graduate from one of those schools. She codes and is even by far better (and has more real coding experience) than some comsci graduates.

Ah... I'm getting scrambled thoughts already. Allow me to re-organize and defrag my mind and I'll go back to this topic later.

Before I'll end let me CP this first.
If you are a smart programmer in college, you will forever be a smart programmer. If you are a lousy programmer in college, you will never become a good programmer. (Source Link )

On that part... I definitely do not agree... : ]


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