Free School

About Free School: A day-long celebration of learning for all ages!

“Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”

― Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

The Dubuque Free School is an initiative of the Dubuque Democratic Socialists. Our approach to education is inspired by the Freedom Schools, which began in Mississippi during the summer of 1964. During the Civil Rights Era, these schools encouraged active citizenship among African-American elementary school kids and fostered greater community involvement. We are also influenced by the work of Paolo Friere and bell hooks, both of whom argued that education is a method of guiding people to achieve their own liberation by developing a critical consciousness.  

At our day-long school, community members teach and take classes from one another for free. All who wish to learn and collaborate are welcome, regardless of class, politics, or creed. We offer courses for both adults and children. Please RSVP here.

Free School is held at Prescott Elementary School, 1151 White Street. Both the 2017 and 2018 Free School have been supported by a Sustainable Dubuque grant.

2018 Class Schedule

For more information about each class, click on the course title. 

9:30 AM – Doors Open

10:00-10:50 AM – Session 1

11:00-11:50 AM – Session 2

12:00-12:50 PM – Lunch, Open Mic, and Music

1:00-1:50 PM – Session 3

2:00-2:50 PM – Session 4