S.F. protest against education cuts, 3/4/10Photo by Maisha Z. Johnson
Some folks are daring to shift their ideas about education into the reality of education, and as a result, creation of the Free University of San Francisco is moving forward. I shared about the first planning session in December. Now we've had a second meeting, and we're gearing up for a third.
And people are excited. Today's SF Bay Guardian features the Free University and words from founder Alan Kaufman in this cover story.
I'm excited, too, of course. I can only imagine -- what does it mean if we don't have to wait for permission from those who appear to be in power to grasp the knowledge we seek? As Alan Kaufman said in his second opening remarks, "knowledge in the hands of the oppressed is a tool of liberation far more powerful than a gun." Imagine empowering folks with the knowledge to survive and thrive in their own communities, regardless of income, age, disability, immigration status, or any of the other barriers standing in the way of education for so many people today.
There's still plenty of time to get involved in the Free University, which can mean physical involvement if you can, or simply contributing ideas, which are just as valuable as material contributions. Those questions from the beginning of this post aren't just hypothetical. I'd love to know -- how would you share knowledge, if you could? What would you learn, if money was no option? What would you teach?
Let's create this world we imagine. It's not as impossible as it seems.
Note: As I mentioned later in this post, I've since decided to step away from being a part of the Free University collective, though I wish them the best of luck!