The Public School

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at:

This is a damn clever idea:


THE PUBLIC SCHOOL is a school with no curriculum. At the moment, it operates as follows: first, classes are proposed by the public (I want to learn this or I want to teach this); then, people have the opportunity to sign up for the classes (I also want to learn that); finally, when enough people have expressed interest, the school finds a teacher and offers the class to those who signed up.

THE PUBLIC SCHOOL is not accredited, it does not give out degrees, and it has no affiliation with the public school system. It is a framework that supports autodidactic activities, operating under the assumption that everything is in everything.


THE PUBLIC SCHOOL project was initiated in New York by common room and Telic Arts Exchange as The Public School (for Architecture) and operated with support from the Van Alen Institute between September and December 2009.

Beginning in January 2010 THE PUBLIC SCHOOL will continue as The Public School New York and will be based at 177 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

THE PUBLIC SCHOOL is a self-organizing educational program for which the curriculum is proposed by the general public. The development of course topics and class participation is open to students and instructors from any field of study.

via lark