Who We Are

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We believe that most of "education" is badly broken. At the end of 2021, this is not a very controversial statement. What is less certain though is what to do about it.

 

What we believe:

1. We believe that children and teens deserve to have classes in the humanities that are not dominated by ideological goals (not even our own), but are devoted to a study of the discipline itself.

2. We believe that the best education both challenges the intellect and nourishes the soul.

3. We believe that for a society of free people to flourish, it must have members who are capable of independent thought, rational inquiry, and moral discernment. Without these critical qualities, we descend into... well, into the world we see around us today.

 

What we're doing:

1. We are offering LIVE online classes for teens (we hope to add classes for other ages a little later), in the humanities: History, literature, economics, philosophy, etc.

Why live, and not recorded? There is an abundance of wonderful educational content available online now. We use some of it with our own kids. But we also believe that there is something of great importance in being able to engage in a serious study of a subject in a group of one's peers, and with an instructor who can interact with students and help to guide them. (Even better if this experience can be in person, and we hope one day to be able to offer that too.)

We do also plan to offer recorded versions of some of our online classes, as a supplement to the live classes.

2. Our classes encourage and nurture independent thinking, are intellectually challenging and stimulating, and help teach students to think critically about important matters.

3. Many of our classes teach about topics that we believe are critical for members of a free society to understand. Things like the fundamental principles of economics, how the US Constitution works (and how it doesn't), the difference between common law and statutory law, and the history of liberty itself. 

We are explicitly not a STEM-focused program. We have nothing against the sciences, engineering, or mathematics. And indeed, we may even include some courses in those areas if they fit with our broader mission. But there is already plenty of STEM instruction out there for those who want it. We feel that the greatest deficit right now is in the humanities, and it is that deficit that we seek to address.

 

If you share our vision for the future of education, if you have teens who might be interested in some of our classes, or if you just want to learn more, please sign up for updates from us (see the banner at the top of this page) or drop us a line!

 

 


Classes Start Monday!

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"After taking the Common Law class, I feel more independent: I see my rights as a human being in a new light and understand the power/limitations of the government in ways that I hadn't before. Every US citizen needs to understand the common law principles. Thank you!"

– A student ("Our Common-Law Foundations", Fall 2021)

 

Last month, we finished our first-ever semester of classes. We only had two at that time: "Our Common-Law Foundations", and "Propaganda and the Personal."

Next week, we'll be starting our next session, with several more offerings. In addition to our first two clases, we will also offer:

  • The Constitution
  • Introduction to Austrian Economics
  • Early American History
  • Personal Finanace for Teens
  • English Literature
  • Creative Writing

You can see the class schedules here. Classes start on Monday and Tuesday, but we will be accepting enrollments through the end of the week.

In addition to our full-semester (13-week) classes, we will also plan to offer some shorter classes, including some single-session classes. Stay tuned for more information on those!

And please feel free to drop us a line to let us know about any other subjects you'd like to see, or any thoughts you may have about what we're doing. We would love to hear from you!

 

 

 


Can Poetry Save the World? Find Out Next Tuesday, Jan. 4th

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Joyce Beckett is an Oxford-educated professor of literature who will be teaching a class in English and Irish literature for Freogan Fellowship Learing - the education arm of the private membership association that I recently started.

In this interview, Joyce speaks about the experience of poetry as a bulwark against the cultural and spiritual "colonization" that is the effect of mass media and culture.

Most of Freogan Fellowship Learning's classes are designed for teens - however this one is also open to adults. As Joyce says:

"Anyone, at any stage of their lives, with an interest in the profound effect
of words on the senses will be most welcome."

Joyce will also be offering a free sample class on Tuesday, January 4th at 5:00pm Pacific Time. To sign up for that class, or for more information about her full-semester class, just contact us.


Our Class Schedule is Up!

 

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Our class schedule for January is now up. You can see it here.

Classes include:

Our Common-Law Foundations

The Constitution

Propaganda and the Personal

An Introduction to Austrian Economics

Personal Finance for Teens

Early American History (1600-1865)

 

We will also be adding a class in English literature, and a creative writing class very soon.

Please contact us for more information, or to sign up.

 


Free Introductory Class: Austrian Economics for Teens

Have you been hearing a lot about the "Austrian School of Economics" lately? Are you interested in finding out more, but not yet sure about committing to an entire semester-long course?

Join us next Tuesday, December 21, at 6:00pm Pacific Time, as instructor Josh Mawhorter takes students through an issue that is central to the debate between free markets and a centralized economy, and that illuminates some of the key distinctions of the Austrian School: The labor theory of value.

To sign up for this free class, just send us an email!*

 

Here, Josh explains one of the fundamental problems with the labor theory of value:



 

*Note: Because we are a private membership association, students who take our classes must become members of the Freogan Fellowship. This is free, easy to do, and can be revoked at any time!

 


Free Online Class: Propaganda and the Personal, December 22

 

We'll be offering a free introductory session of our "Propaganda and the Personal" course, Wednesday, December 22nd at 11:30am Pacific Time. 

What are some of the techniques that have been used to control large numbers of people through the manipulation of information and mass media, and what makes us susceptible to it? How can we avoid falling prey to propaganda?

Find out in this one-time introductory course, with instructor Lila Stone. 

To sign up, just send us an email.

 

(Note: Because we are a private membership association, students who take our classes must become members of the Freogan Fellowship. This is free, easy to do, and can be revoked at any time!) 

 

 


Two Months Ago, Josh Mawhorter Was Fired From His Teaching Job Because He Wouldn't Take The Covid-19 Vaccine. Now He's Teaching For Us.

 

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Josh Mawhorter had been teaching for about five years in two California charter schools until this past October, when both schools demanded that he either show proof of having received the Covid-19 vaccine or submit to weekly Covid-19 tests. Josh refused to do either, and was fired from one school and placed on "administrative leave" with the other.

Writes Josh, in a piece for FEE:

It would be incongruous with what I consistently teach my students to back down and comply in a matter of rights, liberty, and principles. A quote, often misattributed to Thomas Jefferson, but nevertheless true, applies, “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

Today, we are very happy to announce that those two charter schools' loss is Freogan Fellowship's gain – and that Josh will be teaching classes for us beginning in January!

Josh will offer the following classes for teens:

"Introductory economics from an Austrian perspective";

"U.S. History from around 1600 - 1865";

and "Personal Finance for Teens."

 

To learn more, or to register for classes, please contact us directly.

 


Double Your Freedom Learning!

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Our classes for teens start next week!

We're very excited, and we think you should be too. We are launching Freogan Fellowship Learning with classes that address two of the most critical issues facing our world today - especially for anyone who cares about ever again living in a free society.

"Propaganda and the Personal" explores the ways in which information has been manipulated throughout the ages for the purpose of manipulating human beings, and how to avoid falling victim to it...

...and "Our Common-Law Foundations" looks at both the philisophical and practical underpinnings of a society based in law that protects rights vs. law that protects rulers.

Our regular price for each of these classes is $320, or $640 for both.

But now, if you sign up for BOTH classes, we will drop the price from $640 to $499!

See the posts below for class descriptions, or contact us for more information, and to register for classes.

And yes... for now, these are for teens (and some pre-teens) only. Sorry adults! We may add some classes for you in the future.

 

 

 


Our Upcoming Classes:

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UPDATED on Oct. 17 (re: class times and tuition.) 

 

We are offering two live, online classes for teens, starting the week of October 25th:

 

"Propaganda and the Personal" - This course will explore propaganda, politics, and the personal, with a focus on the 20th Century up to the present moment. We will examine some of the key players, the ideologies, and the techniques that have led us to the current crisis, as well as what our part in it has been and could be. 

We will compassionately interrogate our own biases and assumptions so that we are not doomed to repeat, and we will find ways forward – to begin building a future that we truly want for ourselves and our communities.

There will be assigned reading, as well as viewing of video content, and there will be some short writing assignments as well as a final paper or creative project. There are no tests in this course.

This class is currently scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays, at time TBD. This class runs for 8 weeks.
 
We have some flexibility with the scheduling and can work to find a time that works for everyone. 

 

"Our Common-Law Foundations" - This course will utilize the Socratic method to explore the roots of the modern western legal system. We will be using outside sources, and students should expect lots of real-time conversation. There will be some reading to be done outside of class, as well as some thinking. There may also be some short writing assignments, but the core of this class is really the in-class discussions. There will be no tests.

This class is currently scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays, at time TBD. This class runs for 8 weeks.
 
We have some flexibility with the scheduling and can work to find a time that works for everyone. 


The price for each of these classes is $320 (plus a small materials fee). 

 

If you'd like more information, or to sign up, please contact us!

 

 

 


We're Extending Our Early Bird Offer!

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Earlier, we said that anyone signing up for our classes before midnight tonight would pay our Early Bird rate of $240 per class, plus a small materials fee. And that starting tomorrow, October 1st, that price would go up to $320 (plus the materials fee.)

But we've decided to extend that offer to October 10th.

So if you sign up for a class on or before October 10th, you will pay the Early Bird rate.

For details on our classes, see here.

For more information, or to sign up, just contact us.

 


Propaganda and the Personal

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"Propaganda and the Personal" is one of the first two classes we will be offering,  beginning the week of October 25th. We are still getting the platform set up, but you can sign up now by emailing us.

This course will explore propaganda, politics, and the personal, with a focus on the 20th Century up to the present moment. We will examine some of the key players, the ideologies, and the techniques that have led us to the current crisis, as well as what our part in it has been and could be. 

We will compassionately interrogate our own biases and assumptions so that we are not doomed to repeat, and we will find ways forward – to begin building a future that we truly want for ourselves and our communities.

 

Each class runs for eight weeks, with two live class sessions per week.

For those who sign up before October 1 (UPDATE: Extended to Oct. 10), the cost is $240 plus a small materials fee.

Starting on October 1 (UPDATE: Extended to Oct. 10), the class fee will be $320.

Note that Freogan Fellowship Learning is part of a private membership association, and serves only members of the association. This means that anyone taking our courses must first become a member. Membership is free, and can be cancelled at any time.

Please get in touch if you have any questions!