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November, 2015

  • 23 November

    [PODCAST] #383: If You Don’t Know What It Is…Don’t Eat It (With Kevin Geary and Nick Hazelton)

    This is an episode about supermarket mastery - the wheres, whats, whys and hows of affordable, real-food grocery shopping. Kevin Geary and I join Nick Hazelton for another life skills episode of his Anarch-Yakitalist Podcast. As we discussed in episode #378, Nick left school this September to pursue self-education. Part of his self-designed curriculum focuses on independent living, which includes learning how to plan and execute a health-conscious trip to the grocery store, without paying the f$$$ing ridiculous Whole Foods prices. Discussed: -controlling costs -alternatives to the supermarket -Kevin's beginners guide to healthy grocery shopping -our grocery lists -organics -"rewilding" -how to read the nutrition panel, what to look for -developing a positive and shame-free mindset about food - the ...

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  • 18 November

    [PODCAST] #382: Kids Don’t Need or Want Your Praise (with Kevin Geary)

    "The relevant question...isn't "How motivated are my students?" It's "How are my students motivated?" In other words, it's the type of motivation that counts, not the amount. The type created by the use of rewards is not only less effective but also erodes the kind we really want to promote." - Alfie Kohn Kevin Geary returns to discuss why the widely accepted carrots-and-sticks approach to teaching and parenting is harmful to children. The discussion centers around two articles Kevin recently wrote for his site, 1. Kids Don’t Need or Want Your Praise 2. Your Children Don’t Need “Positive Reinforcement” We talk about the costs of this approach through the lens of Nathaniel Branden's Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. We also ...

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  • 13 November

    [BONUS] The Seven Inner Critics…Exposed!!

    (1 hour, 46 minutes) Brett, Andrew, Puke and Dale discuss therapy, anxiety, breaking cycles, happiness, regret, self-doubt and self-leadership. Nick is also in the room. The conversation is largely based on Jay Earley's concept of The Seven Inner Critics. There are some discomforting tangents into things like shame fantasies and supermarket inconveniences. This is a School Sucks/Puke & the Gang bonus show collaboration. NOTES: The first 3 minutes will be unbearable for some listeners. Discussion starts at 3:30. The seven critics portion starts at 46:30. LINKS: THE LIST: Perfectionist * This critic tries to get you to do things perfectly. * It sets high standards for the things your produce, and has difficulty saying something is complete and ...

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  • 12 November

    [PODCAST] #381: The School Newspaper and Information Control (with Laurette Lynn)

    Laurette Lynn returns for a follow-up to our previous discussion about how parents and educators can improve communication and connection with young people. Covered: -Transforming a meaningless school environment into a meaningful educational one -Choosing cooperation over obedience -Choosing self-responsibility over surrender -The needs of the masters? -The need for visibility -"good" school children are to behave like good animals on a farm -The "training wheels phase" of new communication -Why information is occulted Look Closer: "Different Light" Steve Winwood "Kill Your Heroes" AWOLNATION Look Closer: - Laurette Lynn on School Sucks: Archives - Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Your continued support keeps the show going ...

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  • 5 November

    [PODCAST] #380: Visible Children (with Laurette Lynn)

    Laurette Lynn returns for a discussion about how parents and educators can improve communication and connection with young people. From With an emphasis on communicating with youth, and infused with critical reasoning, we talk about perfecting parenting. We make a distinction between education and schooling and the ways in which destructive communication can negatively impact personal growth. And we discuss why we project our esteem issues onto our children. This truly is an intelligent, lively and great conversation. It is long, so take it with you and listen in segments, but I promise you, it’s worth every second! How do teens respond to condescension? How do young children respond to praise? Should we even call young humans, “Children”? What ...

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  • 4 November

    [BONUS] Episode #372 Aftershow, With Darrell Becker and Kevin Geary

    (15 minutes) The discussion that followed Episode #372: real learning vs getting schooled. Topics: Why did School Sucks Project get attacked by Gnostic Media? What was the quality of our response? What happens behind the scenes of a podcast?

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  • 4 November

    [BONUS] The Trivium, NVC and Mind Control (Series Out-Takes)

    (1 hour, 10 minutes) With Darrell Becker, Tony Myers and Carlos Morales - Very educational! All of the audio that didn't make it into our five-part series, plus planning and pre-show - AIDS tests - The Freedom Club - Trivium dinners - Eco-Terrorists - and more

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October, 2015

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