To educate educators!
But the first ones must educate themselves!
And for these I write.
I'm Robbie. Here's why I started A Place to Study.
All of us have been educated in a worldwide system of formal instruction—some to succeed, others to fail. Helping the system have more succeed and fewer fail is important, but not my aim in creating A Place to Study.
What can we and should we do when the system itself stops succeeding and starts failing?
And it is not only the system of educational institutions that are no longer working.
- Our economic system has chugged out of control. It over-produces, distributes its product inefficiently and unjustly, and flouts bi-products that foul and destabilize the habitat.
- Our political system, never too steady, abandons the task of governing the civic whole and rips itself apart through blind battling for power, heedless of its use.
- Our communications systems rush straightway to transform the affordances and constraints that determine who says what to whom for what reasons and with what effects—the resulting babel passes as words to make us great again.
Education for success in failing systems is not a wise choice. That's why I've begun A Place to Study.
What is the wise choice? That's the question we can and should examine here.
A Place to Study exists as a starting point for trying to make wise educational choices while living and working in failing civic systems—instructional, economic, political, and cultural. That requires significant effort on unconventional possibilities exerted decisively despite substantial self-doubt.
As a worksite for that effort, A Place to Study does not offer quick gratification, no going viral. One enters it as if one goes alone to a large, complex city where the language and texture of life differs from home. One must orient oneself to both the spirit and the particulars of the place. Some dialogues on what we do here convey the spirit of our efforts and others on our formative resources introduce particulars through which we inquire.
A Place to Study provides free, comprehensive resources to persons seeking liberal learning in the digital commons.
- The Portable Nietzsche (New York: Penguin Books, 1968) p. 50, Walter Kaufmann, trans.