via standard definition:
curriculum came from the Latin word which means a race or the course of a race (which in turn derives from the verb “currere” meaning to run/to proceed).
via the public school (a school without a curriculum):
The word, curriculum, comes from the latin root, curró, which means to “run, or move quickly.” Embedded in a curriculum is the idea of a quick movement through some set of knowledge in the context of a school; it is a race. To do without a curriculum would be to move in groups, maybe slowly, and departing from the course whenever it seems right.That force, which decides the curriculum, is increasingly market-driven. It substitutes its goals for our own. It disallows the possibility that we don’t know what our goals are. It closes off tendencies to change our mind and learn something new. It neglects the things that can only be figured out by going slowly into and out of an idea, an action or practice, or a whim, without a profitable result in mind.A school without a curriculum can take away those constraints, which often border on coercion, and by doing so carve out a kind of cavity that needs to be filled..
2015 – 4 min clip on curriculum and study w egs (european grad students)
on the hierarchy of ed.. and egs as the pinnacle of the hierarchy
on the other hand.. egs demands an incredible independence of the people that come here.. all are responsible for their own learning
if egs went on longer.. i think it could end up being a collective project.. it ends up being very individual
and the students who come to egs are ones who are already mature intellectually.. maybe just in life.. that allows for this kind of independence..
i view egs as this tension between something higher than the academic star system plus a kind of mature/independent student activity
2 min – i’m attracted by the idea of study.. via Fred Moten and Stefano Harney .. as some self org’d activity
Working from and within the social poesis of life in the undercommons Moten and Harney develop and expand an array of concepts: study, debt, surround, planning, and the shipped. On the fugitive path of an historical and global blackness, the essays in this volume unsettle and invite the reader to the self-organised ensembles of social life that are launched every day and every night amid the general antagonism of the undercommons.
book on hold at library
there’s a way in which curriculum is already/always hierarchical.. proposed by admin/profs.. and i really think to overcome that is something that the profs/admin can’t do.. i think it has to be.. transformed in a way that’s org’d by the students .. so this is what they (Fred Moten and Steve Harney) mean by study.. i mean it’s a strange term.. so banal/normal term.. but what they mean by it is students take control of the learning environ
3 min – so if one were then to try to transform curriculum.. as a plan of study.. that’s self org’d from below.. that’s the way i would be interested in curriculum.. t
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