FREE ACADEMY

Free Academy

Free Academy wishes to be an informational platform, an informal alternative to the Romanian educational system (unsatisfying) without the intent of placing it in an official context. Focusing on a neo-liberal manner of teaching we would like, through this project, to attain individual benefits rather than group ones.

Each individual has the opportunity to culture/culturalization and, in extenso, an opportunity to an alternative that can determine the growth of his value. We don’t believe that a diploma can offer an example of competence and, especially, of individual quality and that is precisely why Free Academy doesn’t offer any diplomas and other types of papers.

Being the adversaries of the “accreditation society” we believe that there aren’t any remarkable similarities between a diploma and the professional competence of an individual. What makes the difference between the formal system proposed by the official state power network through the ministry and informal education, proposed by the Free Academy project, is the creation of what appears in the educational discourse as an “active citizen”- that type of citizen that participates in the social debate, that is an agent of change, that proposes the terms of development, that has the attitude resources and competences to get involved.

If it’s true that man becomes what he is through education, then the courses proposed by Free Academy must sustain, model and spiritualize the being in order to make it fit to participate and take action. We propose as adequate subject for our project, action, the only activity that unfolds unconditioned between people, without the mediation of objects or matter, that corresponds to the human condition of pluralism, the fact that people and not Man, live on Earth and populate the world (H. Arendt).

We propose action in the space of information to the detriment of accumulation of information that, most of the time, doesn’t involve knowledge. Knowledge is one of the defining processes, fundamental for the human spirit. The prime process through which reality consciousness and self-awareness appear in the subject relating one to the self and one’s world. A reality in which one can take action, experiment, evaluate and draw conclusions on the consequences. The processing state of an informational system connected to a reality ambient, that can build modal representations and predictive strategies on the ambient dynamics and can develop transforming actions, utilized and evaluated in the modeled ambient. Through this interactive perspective, knowledge can be a perceptual, gestural, linguistic or mixed relation to reality. Reality can be defined as an object-interactive space, defined by structure, causal correlation, property and event. Human knowledge entails intentionality, rationality and evaluation. Intentionality defines the predetermination of action in reality through the construction of an action model in the mind of the subject. Rationality defines the search, the identification, the causal expression and utilization of all forms, properties and relations between properties, that enable the subject to determine a certain transformation of state in reality or to causally explain a certain state experimentally observed or constructed. Valorization is a consequence of evaluating the utility of the obtained results through certain knowledge, through a configuring action or causally explaining modality. The quality of knowledge depends on the conceptual and experiential instruments utilized in gaining and using it. Each field of knowledge has its own objects, own generating rules and own evaluating and utilizing strategies, some accessible to the majority and others extremely formal from a technical point of view or realized aesthetically in a subtle way. Cultural knowledge operates with ambiguous variables such as values, attitudes, emotions, contacts, cooperations and human conflicts. The last step of reason and rationalization being abstraction, Free Academy wishes to sort out information on subjective grounds, elaborated by those that call themselves teachers. We differentiate ourselves clearly through the teaching method, as well as through the principles that should govern a good example of education, from the formal status of the teacher, that of magistro. We exclude indoctrination, idiotizing and projecting the personality of the magister onto his disciples, the students that involuntarily assume the incapacity of the teacher to think and express himself freely. We are neither against the system, nor we support it.

Untill now our lectors was Felix Vogel, Adrian Majuru, Eugen Rădescu, Răzvan Ion, Anca Mihuleț, Andreea Grecu, Corneliu Porumboiu.

Program 2011

To book a place in the Free Academy courses, send an email that should contain your name and surname, the course/courses you wish to attend and your contact details (email, phone number) to contact[at]pavilionmagazine.org. Please keep in mind that the number of available places is limited and most of the classes will be in Romanian.

Project founded by Eugen Rădescu.