Tag Archives: individuality

SCHOOL SUCKS: Pronoun Magic! Tips For Aspiring Politicians/Criminals

"We" is a powerful and dangerous word.  And peaceful people should avoid using it when talking about the actions of violent strangers. Imagine you lived in a neighborhood controlled by a violent gang... What if you started using first-person plural pronouns, like "we," "us'" and "our" 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? Is it possible this linguistic programming could eventually lead you to identify with the gang and accepting their activities? Or resistance to the idea that what they were doing was wrong?  What if everybody in the neighborhood started doing this? Based ...

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083: Seeds (1 of 2) – Small People Can Be Dangerous

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(Part 1 of 2) For the last two months, I have been working primarily with younger kids (ages 6-10). While comparing and contrasting these recent experiences to my work with high school students, I gained a fresh perspective on this whole "school sucks" idea. Discussed: -Domination Systems -Crushing...courage, imagination, ambition, individuality -NCLB -Bureaucratic inertia in the tutoring business NOTE: This show was recorded in the car on February 18th and 23rd. Bumper Music: "Sunshine" Timbuk3 Look Closer: Teacher Cuts Off Girl's Braid In Front Of Class Teacher Still In Classrroom After Cutting Girl's Braid FDR1460 Statism and Early Education http://www.schoolsucksproject.com/fdr#fdr1460 How to think like Einstein: Seed Ideas http://books.google.com

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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 of Childhood Curiosity -Building Positive Relationships with Adults Who Are Potential Mentors -A Healthy and Persistent Skepticism of Authority and Tradition (social, cultural & mystical) -Intellectual Confidence -Ethical Consistency Bumper Music: "Head Over Heels" Tears For Fears Click Here To Watch A Rad 80s Video! ...

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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 is no neutral education. Education is either for domestication or for freedom.” -Joao Coutinho Bumper Music: "Got A Right To Be Wrong" Joss Stone http://www.jossstone.com/ Look Closer: CNN: How Stupid Are Americans? Freedomain: The Money That Is Sold Abroad Is You! George Carlin - Education ...

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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 - public education, religion and military. About Daniel's interview on Antiwar Radio: Daniel Lakemacher, founder of the website WarIsImmoral.com, discusses his conscientious objector (CO) discharge from the U.S. Navy, how the experience of working at Guantanamo and (independently) learning about the libertarian “non-aggression principle” changed his ...

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