The Public School

Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, ...
2007 > present

The Public School is a school with no curriculum. It is not accredited, does not give grades, and has no affiliation with the public school system. It is a framework that supports autodidactic activities, operating under the assumption that everything belongs to everyone. The public itself offers the courses, and everyone can decide whether to participate or not.

The public school was started in Los Angeles in the basement of the Telic Arts Exchange in 2007. This is how it describes its activities:

"A curriculum is the set of courses and programs offered at a school or university. It’s the content of what is happening. It’s true, the school can not exist without content. But it may very well exist without an institutionalized program that decides which content is being offered. The word curriculum, derived from the Latin root, currò, which means integrated into a program of study is the idea of a quick movement through a body of knowledge in the context of a school. "Running or move quickly." is a race. To do without a curriculum would be to move in groups, perhaps slowly, and departing from the course whenever it seems appropriate.

The trial of those who decide the curriculum is increasingly driven by the market. It replaces its objectives to ours. It does not allow the possibility that we do not know what our objectives. It excludes the opportunity to change our mind and learn something new. It neglects things that can only be realized slowly going in and out of an idea, action or practice, or a whim, with a profitable result in mind. A school without a resume can remove those constraints, which often border on coercion, and by doing so to carve out a kind of vacuum that needs to be filled.”

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