A Twitter thread by DHH.
The underlying issue with bootcamps charging $30,000 for a 9-month curriculum patched together from free online sources and delivered by inexperienced instructors is just how dystopian "the opportunity" really is. It's capitalizing on a failed state approach to higher education.
For something like Lambda to become the unicorn it was funded to be will require mass exploitation. Minimizing cost spent per student, maximizing take. Maybe some times that ends up with student alignment? But if so, it's only as a product of a failing US higher education system.
The real solution to the student debt crisis is to get rid of the current, obscene system of higher education that the US currently sits with. That's the opportunity! It's a political one. Capitalizing on its current dysfunction is dystopian.
It's also the path that leads to shit like Turbotax lobbying against the IRS providing free tax services or simplifying the returns. Once a societal dysfunction has been captured by capital, it becomes ingrained, and self-sustaining. Think too of private prisons.
Healthcare, education, incarceration are all domains that fare very poorly under exclusively market economics. It's how we get the opioids crisis. Trillion-dollar student debt. 2.5 million people in jail. These domains need public, political accountability.
But back to the coding bootcamps. They're in direct opposition to fixing a broken educational system. Who on earth would bind themselves to a $30,000 debt, if higher education was available for free or a nominal fee, like in Europe? Nobody, that's who.
And that even dismisses the fundamental questions around whether we should be training a legion of new tech workers purely on an intensive 9-month "tech" program, when we more than ever need ethics and broad perspectives.