Tag Archives: unschooling

[PODCAST] #504: Unenclosed Children and Self-Directed Learning – With Kerry McDonald

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadKerry McDonald holds an M.Ed. from Harvard University, where she studied education administration, planning, and social policy. She is a writer for Natural Mother Magazine, the Foundation for Economic Education, and Intellectual Takeout. She is a founding member of AlternativesToSchool.com, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education. Her blog is Whole Family Learning. She joins me today to discuss - her professional/academic ...

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[PODCAST] #473: Passion-Driven Education (With Connor Boyack)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadConnor Boyack is a home-educating parent and the founder of the Libertas Institute. He joins me today to discuss his book Passion-Driven Education, which is definitely a nice companion piece for the School Sucks Podcast. Discussed: -Tell me your public school origin story... -school is a tool for social transformation -Structure, "assessment" and protection in the home-ed environment -Inquiry over information? -Mitra's Hole In the Wall; Minimally Invasive Education ...

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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 ...

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[VIDEO] #414: The Principles of Learning Anything – Part 4 – Doubt Everybody

Part 1 Part 2 February's Theme: A New Perspective On Self-Education For this entire month I will be joined by Steve Patterson, a home-educated and self-taught Rationalist philosopher, to explore five key principles of learning that are translatable to just about any pursuit. Principle #4: Doubt Everybody (Skepticism) Though it sounds rude, I suggest assuming that most people don’t know what they are talking about and do not understand the correct basics. That includes most ...

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[PODCAST] #414: The Principles of Learning Anything – Part 4 – Doubt Everybody

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFebruary's Theme: A New Perspective On Self-Education For this entire month I will be joined by Steve Patterson, a home-educated and self-taught Rationalist philosopher, to explore five key principles of learning that are translatable to just about any pursuit. Principle #4: Doubt Everybody (Skepticism) Though it sounds rude, I suggest assuming that most people don’t know what they are talking about and do not understand the correct basics. That ...

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[CHRISTMAS BONUS] #390: Dropping Out, Home Education, Pop-Culture & Role Models (Brett On Red Ice Radio)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis is hour two of my recent conversation with Henrik Palmgren of Red Ice Radio. Our discussion includes my answers to the following questions: -Your view on dropping out of school. (Plenty of successful people have dropped out of school vs. those who end up in life long debt to get an “education” that in some cases won’t get you anywhere. This would be particularly true in America, I ...

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[PODCAST] #379d: John Bush – Peaceful Parenting, Productivity and Purpose (LibertyFest NYC)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadRecorded at Liberty Fest 2015 in Brooklyn, NY. Activist John Bush returns to update us on his family's journey. We discuss their new venture - Brave New Books - along with resilience, parenting challenges, confronting our own parents, how to get things done, and why to get things done. Look Closer: Brave New Books - http://www.bravenewbookstore.com/ Introducing the Un-coin-ventional Bitcoin Bus Tour! - https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/introducing-the-uncoinventional-bitcoin-bus-tour John Bush on School Sucks ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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[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 ...

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[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 ...

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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 ...

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[BLOG – HOME EDUCATION] Teaching Writing

Every child is different and you need to find your groove with each one, but I thought I would share with you how I have been teaching encouraging writing with my kids. My oldest was, of course, the first to learn to write. We started when she was around four and a half years old, mostly just teaching the alphabet, naming and showing her the letters. When she would draw she would add little letters ...

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[BLOG – HOME EDUCATION ] Teaching Children to Read

How do we teach our kids to read? I am sure this is a common question among parents, and especially among homeschooling parents. I find this question a little redundant. We could just as easily ask, “how am I going to teach my baby to walk?” or, “how am I going to teach my child to talk?” We could stress about these questions and yet we don’t, so why do we let ourselves stress about ...

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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 ...

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Podcast #287 (Supplemental): Brett On Anarchast With Jeff Berwick

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPublished on May 19, 2014 Jeff Interviews Brett Veinotte of School Sucks Podcast, topics include: how the state came into being, a world without government, free market wisdom, Wikipedia as example, education, common core as centralized state control of education, zero tolerance in schools, unschooling, home education. School Sucks Podcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SchoolSucksPodcast Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/ Who Controls Our Children?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNFOGiHEw8Q Jeff Berwick's Sites http://anarchast.com/ http://dollarvigilante.com/

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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 ...

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208: Whole Parents – With Dayna Martin

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA long-overdue conversation with Dayna Martin, author of Radical Unschooling: Topics: -Dayna discusses her family's recent appearance on the ABC reality show, Wife Swap -How do you prepare children for public scrutiny -The Life Rocks Conference -Outreach and advocacy in different situations -Tragic misconceptions about the role of a parent -Nonviolent Communication Look Closer: The Martins On Wife Swap (Full Episode) - http://abc.go.com/watch/wife-swap/SH5539547/VDKA0_lgk9v6h5/avery-lamb--martin Dayna's Site - http://daynamartin.com/ Martin Family ...

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206: Learning Styles and Strategies – Control and Flexibility

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopic: Building on the previous conversation about learning theories, I cover the basics of learning styles and strategies, motivation, cognition, habits and environment. Also: -Self-Regulated Learning -The Index of Learning Styles Bumper Music: "Freedom" Wham Look Closer: Learning Styles: Appealing But Misleading - http://www.globalcognition.org/head-smart/learning-styles-appealing-misleading/ Paul Pintrich: Framework for self-regulated learning - http://www.globalcognition.org/head-smart/learning-about-learning-take-charge/ Overview of Learning Styles - http://www.learning-styles-online.com/overview/ Felder and Silverman's Index of Learning Styles - http://www.mindtools.com/mnemlsty.html The Nature ...

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166 (Supplemental): Unreleased Live Show Potpourri

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPicture: From school to self-education...and so much more The show is on hiatus until the end of the month. In the meantime, here is an unreleased live show from a couple months ago. Topics: -Cognitive Bias -Sidney Roc from Gaming and Liberty Podcast calls in to discuss behaviorism and gaming -Cory and I discuss the difference between schooling and education -Cory and I discuss our work frustrations -Transitioning from ...

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Full Video – #156: How Do I TEACH My Child? (A Listener Email)

Topics: Cory and I discuss the difference between schooling and education. I read an email from a listener who plans to do home education, but like so many other parents he is uncertain about what to do. This is an excerpt from the 8-2-12 show After School (Sucks) Special. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Bumper Music: "Fire On the Mountain" Grateful Dead (5-8-77 at Cornell ...

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156: How Do I TEACH My Child? (A Listener Email)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopics: Cory and I discuss the difference between schooling and education. I read an email from a listener who plans to do home education, but like so many other parents he is uncertain about what to do. This is an excerpt from the 8-2-12 show After School (Sucks) Special. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Bumper Music: "Fire On the ...

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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/

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119: Get Out of My Way; I’m Trying to Learn (2 of 2)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopic: As a follow-up to the last show, specifically my story about my student's Lego movie, I wanted to look a little closer at the constricting and numbing elements of institutionalized schooling. Also, how I once contributed to these wounds and how I try to correct them. Look Closer: How Does School Wound? Kirsten Olson Has Counted Some Ways http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201106/how-does-school-wound-kirsten-olson-has-counted-some-ways Porc Therapy http://www.porctherapy.com/ Donate to School Sucks: Chip In ...

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118: Get Out of My Way; I’m Trying to Learn (1 of 2)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopic: As a follow-up to the last show, specifically my story about my student's Lego movie, I wanted to look a little closer at the constricting and numbing elements of institutionalized schooling. Also, how I once contributed to these wounds and how I try to correct them. Look Closer: How Does School Wound? Kirsten Olson Has Counted Some Ways http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201106/how-does-school-wound-kirsten-olson-has-counted-some-ways Porc Therapy http://www.porctherapy.com/ Donate to School Sucks: Chip In ...

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