Recreating (and advancing) pk’s censored domains: Macroinformation.org & Knatz.com / Teaching / Society / NoHier / DDD / Modules / “Rants” /
Prior to reading this module you should know a bit of the basic material on the subject: Rabelais’ Gargantua, John Henry Newman’s Idea of a University, Paul Goodman’s Compulsory Miseducation, Ivan Illich’s Deschooling Society, pk’s School (& University) History …
A university is a school. It may be a fancy school, it may be a school of higher learning, it may be a mass-produced cookie-cutter, but it’s a school. A school is a centralized information system. It’s administered, it’s hierarchical. The default theater for learning is a classroom: a classroom with a teacher. Schools also issue credits and credentials. The school a good kleptocrat wants for its little kleptocrats is one that issues certificates with the imprimatur of the state. The newcomer to the school accepts the authority and seniority of those already at the school.
The fancier the school the more likely it will be to have retained a number of feudal, medieval habits intact: the initiation of newcomers, for example. You will be forced to wear a funny hat going in; and be given a mortar board coming out. On coming out, you pass the tassel on the mortar board from one side to the other. That act signals that you are no longer a worthless newbie, a marine grunt, a human turd, that you have magically been transformed into something of better quality.
Indeed, you will probably have been machined into a functional part of the society that gave birth to the school. The process with all of its diction used to be alchemical; now industrial terminology is more appropriate.
Regulars around a university are very good at whatever they’ve been drilled at;
without rehearsal though they are uniformly impervious.
Nearly forty years after I first tried to communicate my doctoral thesis relating meta-oxymoron in Shakespeare’s Sonnets to the controversy between Scholastic Realism and Nominalism, not one academic has yet shown me a single glimmer of comprehension. (That does not prove that academics are stupider than the norm: no two members of the public have yet done better: the public, the press, the publishers, the academy: impervious.)
I’ll be developing this much more, over time. Now I’ve got the place to do it. While here I’ll list some of the schools, colleges, and universities I “taught” in, lectured, debated at in association with my Free Learning Exchange, Inc.
I’ll add others as I think of them. I could also list schools, churches, universities that sought my knowledge. They write me a question, I’d mail an answer, never hear another word: in particular never get the requested resources. But the list would include the New York State teachers college system, SUNY, etc.