Free Learning Flyer

After I’d run the Free Learning Exchange for a couple of years I got a call from the New School for Social Research. They wanted me to teach a course on free learning at their university! Tuition administered by a bureaucracy? degree credit? grades?! They too saw the irony.
But: I was desperately broke! They offered $1,000: one hour a week, one semester: and, they offered me a course in my regular field: literature, same price, another grand: Prophetic Novels of the Twentieth Century: the title already advertised by someone else, but they’d give the actual class to me if I’d do the free learning one. So: I wrote flyers for both. Here’s the flyer for free learning:

New School free learning flyer

New School free learning flyer

I don’t know how many readers will be able to decypher the Paul Knatz biography part, but I’ll tell you: I had a fight with them on that score and I won. The New School wanted to list me in the catalogue with all my degrees etc. Absolutely not, that’s a violation of deschooling principles: show, don’t tell. Paper credentials should be taboo if not verbotten: asking someone where they went to school should be the height of vulgarity. I was the only faculty listed with a track record but with no school record. Did anyone get it? I have no idea. Quite likely not. I have little evidence that anyone ever got anything I said, or did. On the other hand, putting me in jail, blackballing me … at least they’re afraid of me.

Hell, while I’m at it, here’s the flyer for the lit course too: the gals were wowed by my description!

flyer for pk''s lit course at New School

flyer for pk''s lit course at New School

Yeah, I like that Pound quote too.

About pk

Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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