I had actually had a class that taught me HTML back in college, except I didn't take the class to learn HTML. It was a publishing class that I didn't realize would include online publication. So I only barely learned what I needed to pass, and had to constantly refer back to the reference sheet because it didn't stay in my head. In the space of a semester, I remembered only how to make paragraph tags.
See the difference? Personal motivation. Even though I don't have a Computer Science degree, that motivation gave me the wherewithal to continue to grow and learn no matter the challenges, finding as many avenues for that learning as I could find.
It's the same self-motivated growth that I see with our kids all the time. And you could just as easily call their brand of learning open source. I learned coding from online sources, without formal classes. Some of our students are learning second languages from online sources, without formal classes. What difference is there?
Now, here's the thing. Nobody doubts my learning. They see the proof in the websites I build and accept that I've learned how to code on my own, because I wanted to. So why does anyone doubt it could work the same for children?
Sean Vivier, MLSS Staff