Tag Archives: self-directed education

James and Taylor Davis – A New Take On Peaceful Parenting [PODCAST #566]

Peaceful parenting is a difficult term. There definitely seems to be some implicit judgment there. What's the alternative to peaceful parenting? Violent parenting? Thus it's understandable why many curious parents would find the label off-putting, as it might raise concerns they wouldn't be able to live up to certain standards in their relationships with their children. Taylor and James Davis have created a podcast to share their parenting journey, one filled with unexpected challenges, new questions and wonderful successes. At OneFreeFamily.com they offer a new take on peaceful parenting. As the parents of young 3 children, they share their story with honesty and vulnerability, but without prescriptions or harsh judgments. Interestingly, Taylor and James both earned teaching certificates in college ...

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How A Teen Took Control of His Own Life – Matt Maruca, Part Two [PODCAST #555]

This is the continuation of Matt's awesome story about what is possible when a young person embraces personal responsibility and self-directed, real-world education. In today's conversation, Matt continues to discuss his health research and how the Bosnia trip was a catalyst for more learning. I learn about Mitochondrial health, sunlight and Vitamin D, dangers of our unnatural environment, cold therapy and cold thermogenesis, reducing blue light exposure and maintaining a healthy biological rhythm. Matt used his research to start a successful business: Ra Optics Previous Shows In this Series: [PODCAST] #553: How A Teen Took Control of His Own Life (Matt Maruca, Part One) [PODCAST] #554: “Face It” – Q&A (Matt Maruca, Interlude) Background: In the midst of my growing ...

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[PODCAST] #553: How A Teen Took Control of His Own Life (Matt Maruca, Part One)

Many of you are going to learn a lot this week. And your teacher is eighteen years old. This is an amazing story (told in three parts) of what is possible when a young person embraces personal responsibility and self-directed, real-world education. In the midst of my growing frustration about things like #MarchForOurLives and the misleading of young people, I received relief and some hope in the form of an email. It opened: "I am 18 and have been watching your show for over a year. It has helped me tremendously in my process of deciding not to attend college, starting on my own business, and becoming financially independent at age 18. If you happen to have some time ever, ...

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[PODCAST] #551: What It Means To Be Educated – Blake Boles (Part 2)

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Part Two of Two Today's show is intended as a resource for listeners looking to share the ideas of alternative education and self directed learning with their friends and family, or with anyone wants to learn more about these subjects. Blake Boles builds exciting alternatives to traditional school for self-directed young people. He runs the company Unschool Adventures and is the author of The Art of Self-Directed Learning, Better Than College, and College Without High School. Blake and I discuss the path to more self directed learning 1. How to define the current school problem 2. Why Schooling is not the same as education 3. John Taylor Gatto's definition of real education 4. The attributes of an educated person 5. ...

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[PODCAST] #550: Unschool Adventures – Blake Boles (Part 1)

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Blake Boles works to create alternatives to traditional school for self-directed young people. He directs the company Unschool Adventures and is the author of The Art of Self-Directed Learning, Better Than College, and College Without High School. Part One of Two This show is an introduction to the life and work of Blake Boles, and the next show will be a discussion of this book The Art of Self-Directed Learning. Today Blake and I discuss his background as a successful high school and college student, and how his ideas and career path changed with the discovery of John Taylor Gatto. "It was Gatto who inspired me, at age 21, to leave my own path in the sciences to become a ...

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[PODCAST] #544: Peter Gray (Part Three) – A Future of Self-Directed Education

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Part Three of Three My marathon conversation with Peter Gray concludes with an exploration of Peter's vision for the future. It's a bold vision, but he describes the observations that led him to believe it will become a reality for more and more children and families in the coming years. The future is self-directed education. The Three Phases: 1. Discovery, learning about the world, the self and how the two fit together 2. Career Exploration, community/professional immersion, apprenticeship opportunities 3. Credentialing For Specialized Work, the Praxis idea of a better credential than the college degree Other Questions: -Does Peter have hope for government adoption of self-directed education? Publicly supported options? -How does education change? Considering the massive school bureaucracy. -Are ...

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[PODCAST] #543: Peter Gray (Part Two) – School’s Impact On Creativity and Critical Thinking

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Part Two of Three Continuing our conversation on self-directed education, Peter and I discuss creativity and critical thinking - two skills we agree are left underdeveloped (or even damaged) by public school and college. This track leads us into a more general conversation about current college problems, including the anti-intellectual and anti-critical thinking trends of the recent years. On critical thinking, Peter has referenced studies and surveys that reveal about 50% of employers are dissatisfied with entry-level, college graduate employees (PayScale Inc.) and that college does little to improve higher level thinking (Academically Adrift: Limited Learning On College Campuses - 2011). On creativity, Peter wrote a piece called As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity. Peter informs us ...

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[PODCAST] #542: Peter Gray (Part One) – Foundations of Self-Directed Education

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Part One of Three Dr. Peter Gray is a research professor of psychology at Boston College, and author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life. Peter serves on the Organizing team for the Alliance For Self-Directed-Education. He also runs a blog on Psychology Today called Freedom to Learn, where he regularly explains and promotes self-directed education from a variety of angles. Today Peter and I discuss how he distinguishes school from education, how school is disruptive to our "educative instincts," and the biological foundations of self-directed education. In other words, children come into the world biologically designed to learn. These foundations include: - Curiosity: the ...

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[PODCAST] #513: Building Self Directed Learning Communities (With Diane Murphy)

(FreeCoast Fest - Day 2 - Dover, NH) Diane Murphy taught in public schools for 30 years before she retired early to build BigFish, an innovative self-directed learning community in Dover, NH. I had the pleasure of speaking with Diane at the FreeCoast Festival and of hearing her presentation on BigFish. We sat down to discuss her past experience, current efforts and passion for self-directed learning and integrating teens into the real world. Discussion: - Diane's path out of public school - properties of natural learning - physical costs of school - A new model for a self-directed learning center - Cooperation and competition can work together - Community networking for real-world education and training - How teens move from ...

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[SUPPLEMENTAL] #459: SCAMWATCH! With Tom Woods

This is a re-post of my recent appearance on the Tom Woods Show. It's always great to have an opportunity to chat with Tom! Our original plan was to discuss SJWs in higher education but we decided to put that off, so instead it's a potpourri of current "scams." From TomWoods.com - Ep. 777 Three Scams: Higher Education, “More Technology in the Classroom,” and Leftist Comedians Brett Veinotte and I discuss the higher ed scam, the “we need more technology in the classroom” scam, and the leftist comedian scam. Brett Veinotte is the host and editor of the School Sucks Project and podcast. He has worked in private education in various capacities for a dozen years. Recorded 11/3/16 Please Support ...

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School Versus Education?

WOODS: Your podcast – what category is it in in iTunes? Do they have an education category? VEINOTTE: Oh, yeah. There’s actually quite a bit of competition in the education category, because anything that’s like foreign-language instruction or how-to, gets thrown into the education category. I will say, though, that we are the only show that is consistently hitting on schooling versus education and looking at school issues, and not so much delving into all the problems of school like zero tolerance. We did that in the early days of the show and it got pretty tiring. Now we’re spending most of our time talking about what real education is, but also frequently reminding people that schooling, government schooling, is ...

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[SUPPLEMENTAL] #372: Real Learning vs. Getting Schooled – with Kevin Geary and Darrell Becker

From Kevin Gerary's site RebootYourKids.com: Brett Veinotte (School Sucks Project) and Darrell Becker (Voluntary Visions) join me for a special episode of the Powerful Parenting Podcast. It’s a discussion about the differences between schooling and education. It’s a long one, but I encourage you to find a way to listen, whether it’s blocking out a big chunk of time or listening in shorter segments and pausing until you have time to revisit it. You want what is best for your child. But the school system (and even homeschooling) leaves a lot to be desired. Listen in as I talk with Brett and Darrell about: - A cliff notes history of the public schooling model. - Can authentic education happen in ...

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[VIDEO] Freedom Is An Emerging Market

Podcast #353 Highlight: Richard Grove and Ernest Hancock join me for roundtable on the challenges, rewards and goals involved with producing liberty-oriented and educational media. In our 2.5 hour discussion, we address the following questions: 1) Why is freedom important? 2) Why do we produce freedom-related content and put it out for free? 3) What do we need to do to get more people who listen passively to support us actively? Look Closer: Ernie's Site: FreedomsPhoenix.com - http://freedomsphoenix.com Richard's Site: TragedyandHope.com - http://www.tragedyandhope.com/

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[PODCAST] #353: Our Places In the Emerging Market For Freedom (with Richard Grove and Ernest Hancock)

Richard Grove and Ernest Hancock join me for roundtable on the challenges, rewards and goals involved with producing liberty-oriented and educational media. In our 2.5 hour discussion, we address the following questions: 1) Why is freedom important? 2) Why do we produce freedom-related content and put it out for free? 3) What do we need to do to get more people who listen passively to support us actively? Look Closer: Ernie's Site: FreedomsPhoenix.com - http://freedomsphoenix.com Richard's Site: TragedyandHope.com - http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to ...

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[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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[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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[PODCAST] #345: Podcastmasters’ Liberty Master Class – Teachers vs. Teacher Unions

Osborne, Gardner Goldsmith and I continue our once-a-month listener participation live show where we discuss our recent shows, projects, challenges, investigations, etc... Discussed: -Osborne's political challenges on the Education Board in the NH House of Representatives -The NEA, its power and its history -Samuel Blumenfeld -the challenges of teachers working within the public system Look Closer: Brett's Show Notes Folder - http://www.evernote.com/l/AK1QvA_EO-9EBZEpQuQ9U76WpSu33QymPV8/ Liberty Conspiracy - http://libertyconspiracy.com/

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[PODCAST] #343e: Kate Baker – Education Options, Live Q&A (2015 Liberty Forum)

Part Five in our 2015 New Hampshire Liberty Forum Discussions Kate and I sat down in front of a live audience following her presentation, Moving to the Free State with Children: A Discussion of Education Options in NH. Kate's Bio: Kate Baker is the Executive Director of the Network for Educational Opportunity, an education resource and networking organization and the first organization to implement the NH Education Tax Credit Scholarships. She was a teacher of the performing arts for almost a decade and is passionate about gifted education, charter schools and school choice. Kate is proud to serve on the Polaris Charter School Board of Trustees and has worked tirelessly, on behalf of NH children; starting schools, supporting home schoolers, ...

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[PODCAST] #343a: Dr. Jody Underwood – Defining the Current Public School Problem (2015 Liberty Forum)

Part One in our 2015 New Hampshire Liberty Forum Discussions (Photo Credit: Virgil Vaduva) Jody's Presentation: Public education is based on some flawed ideas: (1) Geographic location determines your opportunity to become educated. (2) Age determines what other students you are grouped with. (3) Taxes can be used only for government-run schools. (4) All children must get a “free” education. (5) Taxes are needed to pay for public schooling. I will argue that free and appropriate education needs to be changed to appropriate access to education – not daycare or medical support. I will present these and related ideas using general principles and my experiences as chair of the Croydon school board. I will propose some ideas for change, and ...

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[SUPPLEMENTAL] #325: A Deliberate Dumbing Down? – Brett On The Ripple Effect

(Highlights, 30 minutes) - Episode 56 with Brett Veinotte creator of The School Sucks Project which discuses home-education, self-education, critical thinking, peaceful parenting, personal growth, nonviolent communication & non-aggression. Clip 1: Was America deliberately dumbed down? Clip 2: College choices Look Closer: Visit the Ripple Effect - http://rvtheory6.podomatic.com/ Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt - http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com/

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[PODCAST] #317: Intelligence, Socialism and Bullying (Brett On Red Ice Radio)

INTERVIEW - This is hour one of my recent conversation with Henrik Palmgren of Red Ice Radio. Our discussion includes my answers to the following questions: -Putting the history of education in context to what we are seeing today. (Education is going down the drain and we are seeing a decline in average I.Q in the west. Yes, we are importing an unprecedented amount of third world population into the west which is contributing to these statistics, but it doesn’t explain the massive drop entirely. To put it bluntly: Stupidity is a growing epidemic. What are some of the reasons for this? -Is there a link between intelligence and education? -The issue of bullying laws. What occurs with children who ...

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[VIDEO] Are Americans Getting Smarter or Dumber? (Brett On Red Ice Radio)

INTELLIGENCE - A segment from my recent interview on Red Ice Radio with Henrik Palmgren. Topic: Putting the history of education in context to what we are seeing today. Is stupidity is a growing epidemic? What are some of the reasons for this? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flynn_effect Background: Education is going down the drain and we are seeing a decline in average I.Q in the west. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/the-sideshow/researchers-western-iqs-dropped-14-points-over-last-180634194.html Yes, we are importing an unprecedented amount of third world population into the west which is contributing to these statistics, but it doesn’t explain the massive drop entirely. But there a conflicting studies. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flynn_effect

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[PODCAST] #315a: American Compulsory Schooling – History, Development and Hidden Agendas

SCHOOL HISTORY - (Part 1 of 2) This is my recent conversation with Joshua Sheats of the popular financial planning site RadicalPersonalFinance.com. Josh is currently working through a podcast series on education, and he invited me to discuss public school history, agendas, and escapes and alternatives. Our discussion includes: -the concept of Education as a public good on a national scale -the impact of the 14th Amendment -does school work? for whom? -the Calvinists vs. the Unitarians at Harvard -Prussian history, 'an army with country' -Horace Mann and the spread of the Prussian system -The Progressive reforms and John Dewey -tax-free foundations and industrialists -connections to modern schooling discourse Come see me at Keenevention, November 1st I'll be on media ...

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Podcast #307: Confessions of A Recovering Libertarian (Salon.com Article Reaction)

Another (close to) real-time reaction to an article from Salon.com. Listen as I try to maintain my composure while reading and analyzing a piece by Dustin Petzold called Confessions of a recovering Libertarian: How I escaped a world of Ron Paul hero worship. Will it be similar to our previous Salon.com reading entitled Confessions of a former Libertarian: My personal, psychological and intellectual epiphany? Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this message. This subscription also grants you access to the A/V Club, a ...

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Brett On The Liberty Cats (With Brian Hagen)

On this May 13th edition of the Liberty Cats, Brett Veinotte, of the School Sucks Podcast fills in for Tarrin, who’s away in China. Brett talks to Brian about strip clubs, education, and the joys of playing with dolls. Liberty Cats Archives: http://dailypaulradio.com/on-demand/liberty-cats-on-demand-archives/

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