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New York City gets a Software Engineering High School

Posted on by Gerd Kortuem

Even though this post is about software engineering it strongly relates to our new Software Entrepreneurship course at Oxford University. The MBA's we are going to teach at Saïd Business School this summer would be a lot more tech savvy if they had gone to a high school that teaches software engineering early on. Maybe we would have more MBA's interested in Software Entrepreneurship than Banking ...

This from Joel Spolsky's blog

"New York City gets a Software Engineering High School
by Joel Spolsky
Friday, January 13, 2012
This fall New York City will open The Academy for Software Engineering, the city’s first public high school that will actually train kids to develop software. The project has been a long time dream of Mike Zamansky, the highly-regarded CS teacher at New York’s elite Stuyvesant public high school. It was jump started when Fred Wilson, a VC at Union Square Ventures, promised to get the tech community to help with knowledge, advice, and money."

More here. See also Fred Wilson's blog

Finally, as suggested by Fred Wilson check out Mayor Bloomberg's State of The City Address.

"On January 12, Mayor Bloomberg delivered the 2012 State of the City Address at the Morris High School Campus in the Bronx. In 2012, New York City will lead the way by pushing progress in city schools to the next level, making the economy a global capital of innovation, and making the government the most innovative of any in the world:

  • Citywide economic growth will be facilitated by expanding industries, creating jobs, connecting New Yorkers to job opportunities, and increasing the minimum wage.
  • Innovative solutions to government will be implemented across all city agencies in order to streamline operations and better serve New Yorkers."
  • New York City will improve schools by attracting, rewarding, and retaining effective teachers with programs that include loan forgiveness, increased salaries, and new methods for teacher evaluation. Successful charter systems will be expanded, students will be better prepared for college and careers, and the City will help students claim federal financial aid for college.