... I have been having thoughts on getting back to school ...
If (and only if) you want to learn -- especially about computer programming -- you don't need to go to a school or college.
... the fact that I like programming languages a lot ...
Learning Computer programming happens in three steps...
- Learn the basic syntax & semantics of the programming language
- learn the eco-system (tools, apis, etc.) for an application domain
- (this is hardest) learning the art of modelling the real domain problems into the abstractions of a computer program -- a program(s) that works, and lives long (is maintainable)
If you're really deeply passionate about programming -- than you should start reading good books and start developing programs yourself at home -- it is all about exploring ideas and patterns of programming -- than being a student, passing tests/exams and getting good grades.
The easiest (and this is just my opinion) way to get into programming world -- is Internet -- websites -- server/browser programming -- you get the idea. And there are LOTs of examples of people who aren't CS grads, didn't go to college -- didn't have any "formal education" of computer programming -- and are excelling in the Computer industry.
i (a CS grad) (from my experience & gut feel) can say that if you want to truly learn about computer programming (especially Internet) -- getting into a school/college wouldn't give you a slew of advantages that you couldn't get otherwise by just learning at home.
The least of learning is done in the classrooms -- Thomas Merton
Strange as it seems, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and
higher education positively fortifies it -- Stephen Vizinczey, An
Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and
virtue than education without natural ability -- Cicero
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education -- Albert Einstein