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May, 2015

  • 23 May

    [PODCAST] #351b: Twelve Arguments For Home Education (2 of 2)

    Jeff Till (fivehundredyears.org) is a business owner, School Sucks listener, and home-educating parent. He recently added a well-researched, concise and easily sharable entry to his blog called "A Complete Case for Home Education (54 Arguments)." He joins me today to discuss the following arguments: 7. The argument against peer pressure Conformity training leads to students not wanting to be different and to gain the mass approval of others. This is peer pressure, and it can force kids into behaviors they don’t want and bring feelings of rejection, embarrassment and shame. Home education doesn’t teach conformity and lessens the effects of peer pressure because the groups of people they associate with are voluntary. 8. The argument for creating a diverse network ...

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  • 22 May

    [VIDEO] Why Home Education? – School Hurts Families

    When kids go to school they are separated from their families for seven or eight hours per day, five days per week. Some kids go to a latchkey type program and might be gone for eleven hours per day! Most people know many families who need to race through every day, left with the scraps of time leftover from the school schedule, racing through a morning routine to get to school or the bus stop and having a brief night together of maybe just a few hours. These few hours might be filled with dinner, homework and getting ready for an early bedtime (so they can be sure to get up the next morning.) This leaves families with just the ...

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  • 22 May

    [VIDEO] Why Home Education? Less Vacation Stress

    Even if we concede that school is just, good and necessary, it’s bizarre that the superintendent gets to dictate when everyone gets to have a vacation. This creates a ridiculous rush for everybody in a state to go on vacation at the same time. It creates scarcity for plane tickets and hotel rooms, raising prices and reducing availability. It creates traffic jams. Beaches and ski slopes are packed. And don’t even try to go to a theme park during these weeks as you’ll pay through the nose for the privilege of waiting in lines for 90 minutes per attraction. Who wants to wait in line? It’s torture, not vacation. The rationed vacation time also creates anxiety. Many families have some ...

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  • 20 May

    [VIDEO] Why Home Education? – Free Play and Real Trust

    The argument for free play Free play is when children, without external restrictions or guidance, design their own activities and modes of play. It can be wonderful in developing independence, creativity, negotiating skills, interpersonal skills, and fun. School kids live under constant direction and surveillance. Their only opportunity for free play during school are the scraps of time given at recess (unsurprisingly, most kids favorite school-time activity). It seems to be a growing trend for parents to further shorten free play by signing their kids up for organized sports and activities after school and on the weekends, further putting them in another system where they wear uniforms and follow the instructions of an adult. Home education provides much more time ...

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  • 20 May

    [VIDEO] Why Home Education? – Empathy and Happiness

    The argument for happiness and for empathy School makes many if not most kids unhappy. They don’t like most of their school work. They don’t like being told what to do every second of the day. They don’t like having to be part of cliques or getting bullied. They don’t like taking tests. They don’t like getting grades. They hate homework. Getting up early stinks. The bus sucks. So does the food. Sometimes parents hate school too. They hate the schedule it imposes. They hate watching their kids experience the pressure, either of the school work or the social scene. Why is something imposed that makes children unhappy? Especially for 15,000 hours during what should be a person’s happiest years. ...

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  • 20 May

    [PODCAST] #351a: Twelve Arguments For Home Education (1 of 2)

    Jeff Till (fivehundredyears.org) is a business owner, School Sucks listener, and home-educating parent. He recently added a well-researched, concise and easily sharable entry to his blog called "A Complete Case for Home Education (54 Arguments)." He joins me today to discuss the following arguments: 1. The argument for happiness and for empathy School makes many if not most kids unhappy. They don’t like most of their school work. They don’t like being told what to do every second of the day. They don’t like having to be part of cliques or getting bullied. They don’t like taking tests. They don’t like getting grades. They hate homework. Getting up early stinks. The bus sucks. So does the food. Sometimes parents hate ...

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  • 1 May

    [PODCAST] #350: The Ultimate Guide To Journaling (with Hannah Braime)

    Hannah Braime is the founder of BecomingWhoYouAre.net, a self-relationship coach, and an author. She joins me to discuss her book, The Ultimate Guide To Journaling. Topics Included: -What is journaling? -benefits -getting to know the voices in our heads -improving relationships -living more consciously -how to journal -failing to keep on track -frequency guidelines -finding the right mindset -dealing with resistance -written journal ideas (dominant and non-dominant hands, dealing with upset and worry, gratitude journal, nurture lists) -self-care activities vs. nurturing activities -sentence completion exercises (The Art of Self Discovery) -what do we do with our journals? -retrospecting, looking for patterns -the inner child and dissociation -language, what does it reveal? Look Closer: BecomingWhoYouAre.net - http://becomingwhoyouare.net The Ultimate Guide To ...

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April, 2015

  • 26 April

    [PODCAST] #349: Behaviorism, Special Ed, and Self-Esteem – A Discussion With An Awakened Teacher

    Through the years, School Sucks Podcast has been a great outlet for my thoughts, feelings and frustrations about my teaching experience. I had always hoped the show could eventually serve as a forum for other former and active teachers to do the same. Yet, it's rare that I can get an active teacher to talk to me. Then last week, I received this email: Dear Brett, I've been binge-listening to your show since discovering it, and I want to thank you for providing my introduction to libertarianism as well as the fascinating and thoughtful discussions about science, the trivium, and non-violent communication. I am currently a teacher wrapping up my 15th and last year in the field, and I appreciate ...

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  • 18 April

    [PODCAST] #348: Scientific Consensus vs. Dissent (Part 4) – Why Am I Here and What Am I Trying to Do?

    Part four, and the last of the foundational episodes, in our series examining the concept of scientific consensus and contrasting it with the voices of dissenters who find value in minority scientific opinions, theories and conclusions. It will also ask the question: is there any way to bridge the gap? Darrell Becker will be co-hosting all episodes in this series. Discussion: In the second installment of this series, we explored strategies for more constructive and connected communication with others. Today we discuss strategies for better communication with ourselves. We discuss some of the meta-talk in this climate change "debate" Dimensions of the Habits of Mind Value: Choosing to employ a pattern of intellectual behaviors rather than other, less productive patterns. ...

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  • 16 April

    [SUPPLEMENTAL]: #347: Brett and Derrick J Co-Host The Freedom Feens

    What do jeans, sardines, elections, stickers, cats, Edward Bernays, garbage union strikes and Egyptian pharaohs have in common? Nothing...except this episode of the Freedom Feens. From FreedomFeens.com: Derrick J and Brett Veinotte (from the School Sucks Podcast) talk about the evils of Manufacturing Consent. This show is an historic event, first-ever show done from a remote studio of another show via FeenPhone.(The other show is Rebel Love Show, and Rob is on for the first segment)

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