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Back to Kewl: Day 1 at the School for Poetic Computation

By Harriet Staff


Ever heard the words “strange, magical and impractical” used to describe computer programming? New York’s new School for Poetic Computation aims to change all that. As reported by NYT:

New computer science graduates jumped by nearly 30 percent last year, and a bevy of professionally oriented programming courses have erupted to teach start-up ready skills like, “How to Build a Mobile App.” So it makes sense that programming is widely considered to be this generation’s “Plastics” — a surefire professional skill that can bring success, security and maybe even stock options.

But fewer people talk about how programming and engineering can be used for pleasure, beauty or surprise.

Now, four people with a variety of backgrounds — in computer science, art, math and design — have banded together in Brooklyn to rethink how programming is taught.

Their school, the School for Poetic Computation, is intended to be more passionate, free-spirited and curiosity-driven than other kinds of private coding schools that have cropped up in the last few years, like New York’s Hacker School which is project-based and paid by start-ups to recruit from their student body, or Seattle’s Code Fellows, which offers practical classes with an aim to get their students a job after graduation.

In contrast, the School for Poetic Computation is taking a different approach. Imagine the Robin Williams character from the movie “Dead Poets Society” teaching Objective C instead of “O Captain, My Captain.”

The founders of the school say they want to promote work that is strange, impractical and magical.

The school’s motto? “More poems less demos.”

Read more about the School for Poetic Computation at the New York Times.

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Posted in Poetry News on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 by Harriet Staff.