FreeSchool Vancouver

F.A.Q.

Here are some answers to some questions you might have.

Where are the learning groups held?

so far, they have been held at Spartacus Bookstore 319 W Hastings, Vancouver, BC on the second floor.

Other location possibilities are currently being looked into. 

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What is a FreeSchool?
The FreeSchool, an alternative education project in Vancouver, Canada, is a collective-run project whose purpose is to provide the community with a space for dialogue and learning outside of the mainstream education and economic systems. A freeschool can be (and has historically been) any number of things within the alternative education movement. In the case of this particular free school project, it is a radical learning environment in which the roles of teachers, administrators and students are questioned in an attempt to re-invent education.

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What sort of programming does the Freeschool offer?
We will first be offering a mix of short, one session workshops and in the new year multiple session learning groups. The learning groups will start at the beginning of each regular scholastic semester (September, January and May) and run for 6 to 8 weeks. Following these session the Freeschool will program a series workshops (one each weekend) until the recommencement of learning groups the following semester.

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How do I find out what workshops/learning groups are offered?

Workshop and learning group descriptions and schedules will be posted in the FreeSchool Events Section of this website.

For an easier way to stay abreast of what is going on with the FreeSchool, send a list-serv request to thefreeschool@gmail.com

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How do I register for a workshop/learning group?
You may pre-register for a workshop or learning group by emailing your name, contact information and the name of the group to the freeschool@gmail.com. Finalization of your participation happens when you show up for your first day of learning.

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Can I offer a workshop/learning group?
Yes! But first, in order to be fair, we have a transparent selection process. You need to write/present a proposal explaining your workshop or learning group to the collective. The collective (an open membership group of volunteers) holds monthly general meetings during which we review the proposals and decide by consensus which will be offered by the Freeschool.

To offer a course for the January/February 2006 session, please bring your proposals to one of our next general meetings: Sunday December 11th @ 5pm or Tuesday December 13th @ 8pm. Both meetings will be held at Spartacus Books.

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How do I get involved with the organizing collective?
Monthly meetings are open to anyone who wishes to bring their ideas, opinions and motivation to the table. The next general meetings are on December 11th and 13th.

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What is the Freeschool's approach to alternative education? work/learn together.
Mainstream education leaves many of us behind. Financial inaccessibility and pedagogical practice often alienate students from their own learning process. The Freeschool encourages a departure from these limitations and pursues educational practices that emerge from our own community in order to better serve those who partake in it. The volunteers and community members who have come together to organize, teach and learn are all interested in non-hierarchical, anti-oppressive and holistic education where not only the academic is addressed, but the social, political, creative and personal as well. We stress the importance of smaller learning groups that function as self-determining collectives of equals. Students have the power to pursue their learning in independent, individual and creative ways. Facilitators are resources for the group, rather group, rather than authority figures. The Freeschool is in its infancy and therefore we anticipate much of its philosophy will change and develop organically as students, collective members and facilitators

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How Do I Contact the FreeSchool?

send your quibbles, queries and quandries to thefreeschool@gmail.com

 

 

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