So, I finally decided to cancel, or rather pause my platzi subscription for the longest period of time they allow –3 months. In case you don’t know what platzi is, it is a mostly-Spanish learning platform that tries to be the leading learning platform for the Hispanic world in the tech industry. And they really try to do it. The key word there being “try”.
So, what is wrong with it? In my particular case I am what is wrong. I’m too picky; it’s easy for small things to bother me more than they should. I’m a really hard judge. But mostly because I have years of experience programming. I’m not their target audience.
I don’t pretend to know EVERYTHING they teach. That would be absurd given how they cover a large range of topics. But to be honest, the things they teach that I don’t know are the things I’m not interested on at the moment, otherwise I would have learned them by now as well.
I find their classes to be basic introductions that never really dive deep in any topic. Their professional courses teach how to do things, not the theory behind that how. That is to say, they don’t really tell you why, only how. In my experience, and given my somewhat obsessive personality, the why is just as important if not more than the how. Theory matters.
I don’t meant to say platzi is a bad option. It may really be the best option for the Spanish-speaking world. This reflects either that I don’t know how to recognize a good thing when I see it, or that there is a lack of higher quality competitors that keep pushing the boundary of what is considered a good option. I think it is the latter.
When I first started my subscription I was excited. I took a couple of great courses that kept the hype high, but as time progressed and I took more courses I started to realize that newer courses seem to be made in a hurry just for the sake of expanding their library of content; it was quite disappointing to see courses that could easily be replaced by reading a man page.
So, is platzi really that bad? NO. Introductory courses are not a bad thing, they are a necessity, and there is only so much you can cover in a single course. Platzi’s job is not to please my peculiar taste for advanced higher education in very specific topics. Their job is to introduce the tech world to people so they can aspire to a better life through well paid jobs in the industry. And they are doing it. There is a plethora of testimonies from people who have better their lives thanks to what platzi has to offer. And that is their mission. They are nailing it.
I can recognize the value in being able to access a large array of courses covering a variety of topics in design, engineering, economics, and personal growth. I would definitely recommend platzi to some people, but not to all people. I myself will continue to be a sporadic student there. But for now, I have better learning resources that I want to explore.