“I’ve never let my school interfere with my education.”- Mark Twain
I’ve always prided myself on being an autodidact. In those dark days when I wasn’t in school at all, and felt largely worthless, I tried to learn new skills. I was always experimenting.
When I first saw the video for Trade School, I was moved to tears. That might have something to do with my period, but I don’t want to belittle the sheer awesomeness of this idea.
Informal education and bartering for classes is so charming to me, as someone who has had trouble financing her college education. It harkens back to the old days of apprenticeship when you weren’t defined by your degree.
I would love to start a project like this in Chicago.
At Trade School, students barter for instruction. We turn storefront space into a platform for learning, a place where enthusiasts and specialists teach in exchange for basic items from students. Anyone can offer to teach a class. Students sign up for classes by agreeing to meet the teacher’s barter needs. We ran Trade School for 35 days and we want to open again!