“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” 

–Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820. ME 15:278


The Public Square Academy is a Civics and Consumer Education platform for citizens of good faith to pursue personal growth and contribute to the common good. Our online programs focus on interactivity: team-based learning, discussions, and group activities. This interactivity affords a more effective and enjoyable experience than other online and large classroom programs. We support programs across a broad range of subjects each designed to develop more educated citizens, empowered consumers, engaged communities.


We promote enlightenment values as foundational for a healthy democracy: reason and law as the primary sources of authority; along with science, humanism, religious tolerance, liberty, freedom, and progress.

Growth Mindset

Education grows minds, builds hearts, and deepens perspectives. Education advances civilization. We serve to educate open-minded, independent thinkers with the faith that diverse opinions, diplomatically crafted, produce better outcomes for the greatest number.


Support those who would raise the level of individual responsibility, honest expression, transparent reporting, and scientifically verifiable evidence. Oppose those who would demean, suppress, mislead, or usurp the pursuit of truth, individual growth or empowerment. We keep our commitments; credibility is our currency.


Hard problems don’t have easy solutions; easy, dualistic solutions are crude and favor the few: creating unintended consequences and victims. We strive for balance in views and perspectives, recognizing that nuanced and finely crafted solutions reflect the intelligence of the community and serve the greatest number.


We work to increase compassion and community as necessary conditions for optimal solutions. “Civility means stepping up and owning responsibility for the feelings of others.”


Support opportunities for self-representation in government and the rights of the individual in commerce. Being able to matter in the world is necessary for personal and civic health and a full and realized life.


Support the creation of vibrant economic opportunities for the many. Advance social, civic, and economic participation. We value diversity and inclusion.

User Terms and Code of Conduct

In short, Behave Appropriately.

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