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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPart 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? ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPart 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 ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPart 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. ...

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[PODCAST] #539: School Is A Choice – A Conversation With A Real Public School Teacher

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSpecial occasion! Brian Huskie is a public school teacher in New York. He joins me to discuss his discoveries about public school over ten years of teaching, his process of coming to terms with those discoveries, and the solutions he is working to develop. Brian founded a self-directed learning program called Huskie's Heros that we'll discuss in detail in this episode. His website is titled School Is A Choice. He is also the founder of the Albany High/Capital District Refugee Scholarship Endowment, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, and author of A White Rose: A Soldier’s Story of Love, War, and School Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School ...

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[SUPPLEMENTAL] #529: Brett and Tom Woods Discuss School Sucks Across America

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSupplemental Show - This is a re-post of my recent appearance on the Tom Woods show. From Tom.Woods.com Brett Veinotte of the School Sucks Project just returned from a 40-day cross-country trip, where he held meetings and events highlighting alternative approaches to education. He joins me today to discuss what he found. View all shows from School Sucks Across America Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest running liberty-minded podcasts on the web, and the only one completely devoted to the issue of education (versus public school and college). Your support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the ...

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[PODCAST] #507: Teen Teaches Economics To Teens, With Elijah Johnson

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadElijah Johnson launched his Finance and Liberty You Tube channel and website when he was sixteen years old, motivated to teach other teens about Austrian Economics and financial self-defense. Now 21, Elijah is currently finishing up his Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism. Before attending college, Elijah was home-educated in a religious family. We'll talk about the transition between those settings and whether or not Elijah feels college was "worth it." We also discuss: - family and community - home education and religion - is being home-educated a liability when trying to succeed in college? - losing passion for subjects in college - Elijah's goals for his media projects Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFrom 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. ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadJeff 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 ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadJeff 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 ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPart 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 ...

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[PODCAST] #328: Stoicism Follow-Up Q&A With Bill Buppert

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBill Buppert of zerogov.com returns for some listener Q&A on Stoicism and a few other subjects. Discussed/Answered: - Stoicism and home education - Generating interest in philosophy - Material simplicity - A Stoic approach to personal finances and minimizing debt burdens - De-FOOing, Freedomain Radio call-ins, family and psychotherapy - Stoicism in marriages and family relationships, producing more win-win situations - The Anarchist/Abolitionist Gender Gap Bumper Music: "Wind of Change" - Scorpions "Lessons" - Rush Look Closer: Bill Buppert's Site - http://zerogov.com/ Stoicism 101: A quick guide to the philosophy - http://hackthesystem.com/blog/stoicism-101-a-quick-guide-to-the-philosophy/ Stoicsm Overview - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoicism Why Aren’t More Women Libertarians? - http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/why-arent-more-women-libertarians Mentioned: Battle of the Teutoburg Forest - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Teutoburg_Forest Mentioned: How Dramatically ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(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] #315b: American Compulsory Schooling – Alternatives and Escapes

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadALTERNATIVE ED, INTERVIEW Part 2 of 2 - This is my recent conversation with Joshua Sheats of the popular financial planning site RadicalPersonalFinance.com. Joshua is currently working through a series on education, and he invited me to discuss public school history, agendas, and solutions and alternatives. Our discussion includes: -alternatives to the government school system. -homeschooling rebranded as home education, -voluntary instruction -voucher programs(I'm opposed to the idea of vouchers because I think they can expand state control) -Sudbury Schools -homeschool co-ops -how we can provide for our children's education in as superior a way as possible to set them up for long-term success. -What needs to be practiced, and modeled: Emotional Intelligence -Attributes ...

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Education Freedom Report 05-13-14: Goddard Schools, Homeschool Fashion Designer

Story 1: An April 30th report released by The California Department of Public Health revealed that 2,500 California Schools are located within 1/4 mile of where pesticides are being heavily used. This is alarming considering A 2010 Harvard study that demonstrated how pesticide exposure doubles a child’s risk for developing ADHD, these chemicals damage the nerve connections in the brain. A Public Health Institute study also found that exposure to pesticides during pregnancy increase a child’s risk of autism sixfold. Latino children are 91 percent more likely than white children to attend schools near fields where these chemicals are being heavily used. A concerned parent in Central Valley community of Plainview, CA, said when kids come out of their school ...

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Podcast #263: The Libertarian Homeschooler – A Discussion With Ana Martin

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday I am joined by Ana Martin, who has built a Facebook following of over 40,000 people at The Libertarian Homeschooler. Discussion Outline: -Were you a homeschooler who found libertarian or vice versa? -What/who led to you to (whichever came first)? -Austrian economics -How does the philosophy of liberty inform your educational environment? -Have you found challenges in developing a consistent philosophy of parenting and education? -Recommendations to parents who are starting to question traditional or compulsory schooling? -How have you incorporated the Trivium?(methods/resources/successes/challenges) -History discussions through the lenses of economics and motivations -Developmental stages (Sayers): Poll-Parrot, the Pert, and the Poetic Look Closer: The Well-Trained Mind - http://www.welltrainedmind.com/ Mises.org - http://mises.org/ T&H Trivium ...

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198: Student Question – Isn’t Compulsory School Unconstitutional?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSome new details on the history of compulsory schooling Topic: We discuss an email question from a student. It reads: I'm a 15 year old guy in 9th grade (in public school) and wanted to ask you a question. So if all people in America are supposedly guaranteed the rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, how is it not considered "unconstitutional" for kids to be forced to go to school? I do not want to go to school, so isn't that infringing on my liberty and pursuit of happiness? Discussion: -Court decisions on compulsory attendance in 12-step programs in the adult world -John Taylor Gatto's The Tyranny of Compulsory Schooling -Home ...

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149b (Porcfest Micro-Series): Brett Veinotte and Jake Desyllas – Surviving and Overcoming School

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopics: At Porcfest, I talk for about 20 minutes on surviving government schooling experience, addressing the frequent question from parents: what should I do if I have to send my kid to public school? Jake Desyllas from The Voluntary Life Podcast then joins me to discuss overcoming our schooling, entrepreneurship and financial freedom. Look CLoser: The Voluntary Life http://www.thevoluntarylife.com/ Related PostsPorcfest Chronicles - Overcoming Public Education77Porcfest Co-Head Organizer and all around great guy Jason Osborne introduces Brett Veinotte for this talk at the 2012 Porcupine Freedom Festival. Jake Desyllas joins Brett halfway through for a discussion about entrepreneurship and how it ought to start as early as possible in a persons life.Tags: porcfest, brett, ...

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