In the 1980’s the artist Joseph Beuys proposed the “Free International University”. A project that would request educated individuals to share their knowledge with the world. It was a project that would require everyone to take an “elder-like” role to teach our neighbors, to share the basic form of human energy we call education.
Today we have business leaders like Scott McNealy, chairman of Sun Microsystems, paving the way to a similar effort for the K-12 range of education.
The following is quoted from curriki.org a project founded by Scott McNealy.
“A Few Words from Scott McNealy
Access to basic knowledge and learning tools for our children should never be proprietary. In fact, this can and should be a basic right of every child. Yet, over 100 million kids around the world do not have access to these primary education tools. We want to change this. The benefits to providing universal access to an education are endless.
At Curriki, the sole mission is to educate. By building a world class learning environment that is community developed and supported, and publishing it for free on the Web, Curriki works to ensure that anyone, from anywhere can participate.”
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