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A Fresh Take On Education

Lambda School Taking Footage, Paying Students To Learn The Highest-Paying Skills In The World


What is it about today’s school system that so many find unsatisfactory? Why have generations of reformers failed to improve the educational system and indeed, caused it to degenerate further and further into an ever declining level of mediocrity?
The recent U.S. college admissions scandal served as a wake-up call to many, and confirmed what many others already knew: the process of securing a higher education is far from meritocratic, and fails to effectively match talent with opportunity. There’s a crucial need to re-design this system, and a new crop of programs like Lambda School, an entirely virtual school focused on coding and software training, are doing their part to shape the future of education.
Lambda School’s mission is to “find untapped or underutilized talent, and train that talent for the most in-demand jobs in the world.” Founded in 2017 by Austen Allred and Ben Nelson, It flips the traditional tuition process on its head by not charging its students any tuition until after they complete their courses and secure a job. This past month, Lambda School took another monumental step in achieving its mission by providing select students a living stipend throughout the duration of the program. Not only will these students learn with no upfront tuition costs, but they will be paid to learn. Lambda School offers students across the U.S. and European Union virtual courses taught live by an expert instructional staff for tracks spanning web development, data science, and UX design. The curriculum involves building real software applications as part of a real software development team, mirroring the experience of a developer in the workforce.

OUR THOUGHTS: If this program proves successful, it should open the door for further applications across different industries beyond software, and could signal the makings of a new and better higher education model, one that is more affordable, more equitable, and ultimately more valuable for its students. It’s time to wake-up Nigerian, this is what Education should be about. Moving forward, making progress and finding new and better ways to get things done.
It was nice learning about ‘Mungo Park’, but can we do better than that after more than fifty years? Innovation is calling but the question is would we answer, would you answer?

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