What a remarkably good idea — learning in all spaces and places. Reminds me of three things: education is engagement; the pop-up stores around the holidays that gather people; opportunities to showcase the power of education and its omnipresence. Would be good in rural communities too — preventing isolation and “bowling alone.” One more big positive: this is education that enables everyone to participate, even those who disliked that old school building where they weren’t comfortable or successful when young and thus won’t comfortably go to their children’s school as it brings back terrible memories.

One more thing to take this to the college level: At Bennington College where I will be teaching this Spring semester, they have pop-up courses — courses designed to learn about an immediate current event. In these situations, the news is crackling with issues and both students and teachers are learners. Kind of the intellectual version of your idea — education all the time.

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