The Guelph Free School: Fall 2007
Thursday, September 27, 20072 Comments
Collective member, Matthew Lowell-Pellettier describes the free school as; Ã¬grass roots popular education that directly challenges the notion that learning and education must be bought.Ã® He is part of the decentralized collective that reviews class proposals to make sure they meet an anti-oppressive mandate. In essence, he says; Ã¬The Free School changes each semester to better serve the classes that are underway.Ã®
The title of Ã«freeÃ refers to more than just a lack of enrolment fees: both the format and context are free as well. There is no physical school and classes are held in public locations. Some courses are designed as a particular skill share, like Internal Martial Arts. Others are discussion or production based, like Home Brewing or Writing & Publishing, which encourage learning through action.
The initiators of classes do not require teaching credentials as the Free School runs on the principle that any person(s) can facilitate if they have a clear plan. Brendan Arnott, a third year English major, is co-facilitating Feminism is for Everyone, a class that seeks to create a safer space for participants (of any gender) to discuss and organize around feminism. He clarifies the difference between instruction techniques this way; Ã¬A teacher is a single source of knowledge while a facilitator guides lessons to allow everyone to bring their own wisdom to the table, it is a more passive role.Ã®
Garrett Gauthier is planning on attending Inner Martial Arts and Construction during his first Free School semester; Ã¬Free education is a positive thing because it is available to all people equally.Ã® Although already a University student Garrett thinks; Ã¬ItÃs important not to specialize entirely in one discipline, there is just so much to explore. The varied Free School curriculum enables people to follow all their diverse interests.Ã®
Fully detailed class descriptions are available online. If you missed the proposal submission deadline of September 27th there is a new semester beginning in the winter. Class proposals can be submitted at any point up to January 18th, 2008. No pre-registration is required. For clarification, questions, or class proposals you can email .
The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming
The Movement Class: Decolonizing our Bodies, Embodying our Powers
Feminism is for Everybody
Writing and Publishing
Skill Building for Community Journalism
Poster and Graphic Design
The Carpentry Class
Internal Martial Arts Class
First and Last Saturday of Each Month