Podcasts

032 School News! (#1): The Pledge of Xenophobia and Intolerance

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPledge of Allegiance Apology Will Come From Montgomery Teacher By Jenna Johnson and Michael Birnbaum Washington Post Staff Writers Thursday, February 25, 2010 A Montgomery County teacher has agreed to apologize to a 13-year-old student whom he reprimanded and sent to the office for twice refusing to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance, said a lawyer who represents the student. Read More Here Are people outraged at the teacher? ...

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031 Keys (Installment #2): Leaving Government School

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadABOVE: Unlike BF Skinner's "box", used for the operant conditioning of rats, government school does have a way out. Imagine a door to complete freedom, abounding opportunity and greater personal satisfaction... Public education is the lock. This is the second in a series of non-sequential shows about finding keys. The END of Public Education? END: It's over, irrelevant, useless, needs to be done away with. Considering the time we're ...

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030 (Supplemental): Ian Freeman and I Discuss Action As Education

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSome additional content from my discussion with Ian Freeman of Free Talk Live, edited out of Episode 15. We cover the Free State Project, Keene, activism for liberty, and the return-on-investment of political action and civil disobedience. Most importantly, we discuss the combination of action and an educational message. NOTE: The first minute of the discussion overlaps one minute of Episode 15 for context. NOTE: I call this recent ...

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029: The War On Fire

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(American History F-ed #6) The sixth installment in a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: What would you think if you saw an arsonist running back to the scene of their crime moments later...with a fire hose? Topic: Ian Freeman of Free Talk Live joins me to ...

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028: Let’s Make A Hero! (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(American History F-ed #5) The fifth installment in a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: You know that light at the end of the tunnel that political leaders are always pointing at... Telling us to be hopeful about... Directing us to follow them in that direction... What ...

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027: Let’s Make A Hero! (Abraham Lincoln)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(American History F-ed #4) The fourth installment in a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: How compelling could a mythology be if it didn't have any gods? Topic: Honestly, Abe...aggression doesn't solve problems. The truth about the greatest American (government school) hero. Gardner Goldsmith of Liberty Conspiracy ...

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026: American Idol Worship

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(American History F-ed #3) The third installment in a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: How does the supposed mistreatment of a piece of cloth by the owner of said piece of cloth become a more serious offense than the violation of the property rights of the ...

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025: The Way

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFOREGROUND: The State BACKGROUND: The Future (American History F-ed #2) The second installment in a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: In school we are led to believe that we are all living in someone's ideal vision of what society should be... But who's vision is it? ...

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024: American History F-ed (Series Introduction)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadABOVE: Not the easiest place to look for those who have hidden their identity behind nationalism, bigotry and mysticism An introduction to a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: How does that which is completely illogical and completely immoral transform... into what is completely acceptable? into what ...

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023 (Supplemental): Collective Education, A Listener Email

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadABOVE: As you can see, private education is...not necessarily the answer. An issue that I've been meaning to cover for a while: The real difference between private and public schools, or pedagogical lack thereof. After reflecting on more recent business-related trips to schools, I want to make sure I'm not oversimplifying. A listener named Sebastian sent me one of his posts from the Freedomain Radio Boards, which was a ...

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022 (Supplemental): School Sucks On A Student’s Works Cited Page?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadABOVE: If you want to get 30 extra guys in the NES game Metroid, start the game and quickly press up + down + up + down + left + right + left + right + A + B + Select + Start. Enjoy! Who said I wasn't tech-savvy? Topic: Paul, a fifteen-year-old high school student and listener to the show, asked me to provide some assistance with a ...

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021 Keys (Installment One): The Decentralization of Information & Communication

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAbove: If this picture isn't disturbing enough, read the article that goes with it. Imagine a door to complete freedom, abounding opportunity and greater personal satisfaction... Public education is the lock. This is the first in a series of non-sequential shows about finding keys. The END of Public Education? END: It's over, irrelevant, useless, needs to be done away with. Considering the time we're living in, this is more ...

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020: The Hidden Lessons of School (Conclusion)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe concluding episode in a series aimed at detailing and dismantling specific elements of the destructive hidden curriculum in public education. Critical Thinking Question: What if the only thing we really learn in school is...how to get through school? And what if, for too many of us, that is actually one of the most destructive things we can possibly learn? Topic: A review of what I consider to be ...

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019 Supplemental: The Civil Disobedience Onion (Peeling Layer One)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWes, Daniel and I continue our discussion, switching to the topic of civil disobedience. This topic will be an open forum in the near future. If you want to come on the show and discuss it, please let me know. Bumper Music: "Keystar" by Munchausen by Proxy (Zooey Deschanel) http://zooey-deschanel.us/ Mentioned: Episode 9.3: The State's Facade of Honor and Benevolence http://schoolsucks.podomatic.com/entry/eg/2009-11-22T04_30_34-08_00 Wes Bertrand's Site, Complete Liberty http://completeliberty.com/ Daniel Lakemacher's ...

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018 (Supplemental): Caribbean Holiday Spectacular!

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAnother loose and unorganized non-episode installment of School Sucks. Wes Bertrand and Daniel Lakemacher join me to discuss my recent travels... -Pirate Paranoia -Did I participate in a voluntary society? Sure felt like it, but not really -US Customs and the TSA -My wonderful interactions with a very inquisitive three-year-old boy -Homesteading on the sea and the "Freedom Ship" -State predations on the cruise industry? During the 15 minutes ...

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017: The State’s Facade of Honor and Benevolence

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCritical Thinking Question: What's it hiding? What jumps out from behind that facade to confront people who are not obedient and apathetic? (It's not pretty) Topic: Kat Kanning (newhampshirefreepress.com) joins me to discuss the opposites of indifference and apathy: activism and civil disobedience. Bumper Music: "How Come" Ray Lamontagne http://www.raylamontagne.com/ Look Closer: The NH Free Press http://newhampshirefreepress.com/ The Free State Project: Liberty In Our Lifetime http://freestateproject.org/ Free Talk Live: ...

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016: Working Against Apathy

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCritical Thinking Question: Simply put, what have my work experiences revealed about public education? Topic: I record a podcast while driving a car. During the drive, I ponder a couple of important professional questions, veer off course (podcast-wise), channel Stewie Griffin, and discuss what I think the real job of an "educator" should be. My Embedded Curriculum: (Within Mainstream Tutoring Services) -Logical Reasoning -Critical and Creative Problem Solving -Revival ...

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015: (Hidden Lesson Three) The Installation of Indifference

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe third episode in a series aimed at detailing and dismantling specific elements of the destructive hidden curriculum in public education. Critical Thinking Question: What happened to... "why?" Topic: The third embedded lesson of public education: Apathy and Indifference If the training in obedience and conformity doesn't properly sink in, or doesn't last throughout a person's life, this lesson provides a nice safety net for the status quo. “There ...

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014 (Supplemental): Expansion & Activation

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAbove: 80s Teen Movie Antagonist William Zabka (This will make sense when you're done listening) An update on the future of the show... -Donations -Redesigning the website -Setting up a forum -Let's have a logo contest! (For people who don't care too much about winning big prizes) -Activism and incorporating that into the show as well -The next bump? Also... -Daniel Lakemacher's visit to NH -Ofer's incredible efforts -My ...

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013 (Supplemental): Brett On The Peter Mac Show

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMy interview on The Peter Mac Show from October 10th, 2009. I've added a quick introduction about the discussion and my "performance." Note: Because of the length, I've uploaded the MP3 at a lower bit rate (64 kbps). Please let me know if this is intolerable. Peter's Bio: Peter is a former math professor turned entrepreneur. He swims, works outs regularly, and occasionally competes in U.S. Masters Swimming. His ...

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012: Why the Future Won’t Be Like 1984

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCritical and Creative Thinking Exercise: Imagine a free world... Topic: Wes Bertrand and I continue our discussion about conformity and collectivism. Wes touches on the impact of the family in conformity. (Part 2 of 2) This episode also includes some discussion about self-esteem, self-worth, and honoring the imagination and individualism of others. (NOTE: I have to apologize for a few snaps, crackles and pops; I was experimenting with a ...

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011: First-Person Plural Pronouns…and YOU

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPicture: Most of the people you know (Foreground) Critical Thinking Question: First imagine you live in a neighborhood controlled by a violent gang... What if you started using first-person plural pronouns when discussing the gang and their activities, even though you were not in the gang, you didn't know anyone in the gang, and no one in the gang knew or cared about you? Would this linguistic programming eventually ...

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010: (Hidden Lesson Two) The Silencing of the Self

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe second episode in a series aimed at detailing and dismantling specific elements of the destructive hidden curriculum in public education. Critical Thinking Question: Consider for a moment the amazing and wonderful diversity of human beings: in thought, ambition, imagination and creativity... Why would certain people want to reduce so many unique individuals to a point where they can easily fit into a uniform and homogeneous group? Topic: The ...

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009 (Supplemental): Brett On Freedomain Radio

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMy interview on Freedomain Radio from September 27th, 2009. I've added a quick introduction about the discussion and about my thoughts on Freedomain Radio. freedomainradio.com Freedomain Radio Interview: Brett Veinotte (You Tube) School Sucks Beginner's Guide to Freedomain: (For those who are unfamiliar, some suggestions...) If Episode 7.2, with Daniel Lakemacher, raised some questions about war: True News 10: Soldiers, War and Freedom... (This is the first Freedomain video ...

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008: Conformity & Compliance vs. Conscience & Consistency

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(Picture: There's that tree I'm always talking about) A personal story about personal responsibility...and liberation from the illusion of virtue associated with obedience and self-sacrifice Critical Thinking Question: How could disobedience to authority save millions of lives? Topic: Daniel Lakemacher (warisimmoral.com) joins me to discuss obedience. He also shares his personal story of how he freed himself (within the last year) from three types of crippling obedience training - ...

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