TOPIC: Bay Area Public School

Four Theses on the Public School


10.09.13 - Since the summer of 2012, the Bay Area Public School ( has been working throughout Oakland and San Francisco to build a free, anti-capitalist, horizontally structured experiment in alternative education. Formed in the wake of Occupy Oakland, its core members are activists and intellectuals who conceive of the School’s project as explicitly political. I’m one of those members, and though I don’t claim to speak for the collective or any of its other members, I’m excited to share with FireWorks’ readers some of the reasons I think the Public School is an important attempt to extend what activism looks like in Oakland.