The PUGS vision
Our vision is a community where everyone has access to the human right of education.
the pugs mission
Our mission is to provide lifelong, debt-free learning and community to everyone in Portland.
Education is a human right. Learning is central to human flourishing, personal possibility, and individual freedom. Education creates the personal agency and freedom of thought core to a functioning democracy.
"I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits." - Martin Luther King
If education is a human right, it has to be affordable and accessible for people's entire lives. The university-industrial complex is hierarchical, exclusive, and expensive. Right now, it costs upwards of $40,000 a year to keep going to school. We believe that education should be participatory, democratic. Everyone should have economic access to it. We have a Generosity + Pricing Policy that creates that. The result is more diverse + interesting classrooms and communities.
“A good educational system should have three purposes: it should provide all who want to learn with access to available resources at any time in their lives; empower all who want to share what they know to find those who want to learn it from them; and, finally, furnish all who want to present an issue to the public with the opportunity to make their challenge known.” - Ivan Illich
Everyone is a learner and everyone is a teacher. For life. As the world changes faster and faster, we have to keep learning to stay engaged, participate as citizens, and live fully. For the rest of our lives.
"Our learning institutions, for the most part, are acting as if the world has not suddenly, irrevocably, cataclysmically, epistemically changed - and changed precisely in the area of learning." - Cathy N. Davison
are you a pugger?
You are curious, engaged and motivated: Education helps you become more aware, caring, committed, creative, flexible, fulfilled, future-oriented, generous, honest, improving, improvising, incisive, inclusive, independent, informed, initiating, innovating, inquisitive, insightful, kind, leading, rooted, self-aware, strategic, supportive + wild.
You make time for the critical but non-urgent. No one thinks that after taking PE in school, you don't have to exercise as an adult. If you did that, it would be disabling. You realize that learning, just like exercise, is a lifetime, daily habit of the healthy.
You support this for everyone. The best way to learn + grow is to surround yourself with a community of people who are as curious, engaged, and motivated as you are. And the best way to be part of a community is to support it with your time, money, and energy.