Did you ever want to take a class without exams and grades? Want to take a class just to learn more about the subject? Then check this out…the Baltimore Free School is a community funded project that provides classes, for free!
Started by the people behind Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse and radical educators and volunteers, the Free School isn’t your typical classroom experience. From Portuguese class to yoga, there’s something for everyone. And if you want to teach a class, go right ahead!
I became familiar with the Free School after doing a project on the organizers for class. Last summer I was on the lookout for new things to try and stumbled back on the Free School website. After browsing through their summer listings I found a Magazine Journalism course taught by the Senior Editor of Baltimore Magazine, Evan Serpick.
I didn’t make it to every class, but still learned a lot about journalism and freelance writing. We sat in a circle as we talked about story ideas and sources. The laid-back, open environment made it easy to generate discussion and brainstorm ideas with one another. Without the strict syllabus, the class was able to flow without the stress of due dates and exams.
If you’re like me and can’t stay away from the classroom over summer break, the Free School is the place to check out.
…More interesting, fun and free!