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John Taylor Gatto - The Underground History of American Education
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Latest Podcasts

December, 2018

  • 11 December

    T.K. Coleman – A New Philosophy of Education [PODCAST #590]

    T.K. Coleman joins me to discuss his personal journey through formal schooling and self-education. In this introductory conversation, we'll cover T.K.'s philosophy of education, a philosophy of work, the human thirst for novelty, overcoming permission mentality, the future of higher education, creativity and entrepreneurship. T.K. currently serves as the Education Director for Praxis. He is currently producing a video series for the Praxis You Tube channel; T.K.'s College Tour of Bad Arguments aims to help young people confront and overcome with common objections to opting out of college. He'll be back in the near future to discuss this series in more detail. Related Shows: [PODCAST] #499: Successful Dropout – With Kylon Gienger (Part 1 of 2) [PODCAST] #454: Building A ...

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  • 7 December

    Jeremy Stuart – Unschooling Comes To the Big Screen [PODCAST #589]

    Jeremy Stuart is the director of the 2015 documentary film Class Dismissed and the upcoming follow-up film Self-Taught (2019). Class Dismissed is a film about learning outside the classroom, while Self-Taught examines self-directed learning outcomes through the lives of six adult unschoolers. Jeremy already had 25 years of experience in the film industry before making his directorial debut with Class Dismissed. We'll talk about how he came to embrace these ideas, who influenced him, and how the film took shape over four years. Jeremy is also the father of a 14-year-old unschooled daughter, who is "learning from experiences in life." We talk about some of the unschooling challenges including failure, distraction and boredom. Please Visit Jeremy's Kickstarter and Help Him ...

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November, 2018

  • 27 November

    The Great Conversation – With Scott Hambrick [PODCAST #588]

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    Scott Hambrick is a home educating parent, entrepreneur, strength coach and the creator (Reader In Chief) of OnlineGreatBooks.com. He joins me today to discuss the Great Books of the Western World and the Great Conversation contained within, as well as tips on how we can improve our mental and physical strength. What are the Great Books? What Is the Great Conversation? - How was the collection created, criteria - Syntopical organization vs chronological order - Mortimer Adler's List over 500 books, goal: informed participation in a democracy - shared inquiry model - How to Read a Book The Benefits of The Great Conversation - diversity of ideas and presence of the clash of ideas - "breaking the script" from parents, ...

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  • 21 November

    The Life and Legacy of John Taylor Gatto – With Professor CJ and Richard Grove [PODCAST #587]

    Professor CJ from the Dangerous History Podcast leads a roundtable discussion on numerous thought-provoking John Taylor Gatto topics. Topics: - How we each discovered Gatto's work, and how will all didn't take full advantage of our first encounter - Gatto as the Smedley butler of school - the authority of a voice from the inside - Gatto's Upbringing: the culture of Western Pennsylvania - How Gatto invites us inside the minds of the scientific managers - A brief debate on "the best of intentions" regarding the scientific managers - Justified sinning and pragmatism - The power of storytelling and Gatto's ability to make academic writing accessible "Education" by The Kinks In a deep dark jungle long time ago Lived a ...

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  • 14 November

    Pat Farenga – The Evolution of Unschooling [PODCAST #586]

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    Pat Farenga is a leading unschooling advocate, and the father of three adult unschooled children. He worked closely with unschooling pioneer John Holt on the Growing Without Schooling Magazine, and in the mid-1980s he took over as publisher of GWS and the president of Holt Associates. Today Pat runs the website JohnHoltGWS.com, which archives all the issues of the magazine, plus a variety of unschooling books and resources. He joins me to discuss the history of unschooling (the idea and the movement), his experiences as an unschooling parent, his relationship with John Holt and the language we use to convey our ideas. Pat Discusses The Impact of John Taylor Gatto He met John in 1991 and they became friends. John ...

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Premium Content

December, 2018

  • 11 December

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone – Meeting #6

    Andrew travels with a man and doesn't like it. Brett has Seasonal Affective Disorder. James also joins us in The Studio of Champ-Yinz to talk about what gives him anxiety. Streamed live to a hostile You Tube audience on December 6th, 2018. Discussed: Struggles with certain types of commitments, loneliness, winter activities, seeking new challenges, simplifying routines, prioritization No player? Click HERE

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November, 2018

  • 19 November

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone – Meeting #5

    The first time we've brought on a guest - our friend Nick is visiting Pittsburgh. He has lived in Keene, NH for his entire life and has worked at the same company throughout his whole career. He's in a real comfort zone and getting restless. Andrew and I help him decide if he's ready for a new adventcha! Where should he go? What should he seek? Where will he end up? I share the benefits, revelations, and challenges of my recent travel experience. Andrew used to be a truck driver, and he has some painful memories of being on the road. Also, lots of things aren't going well right now! Related PostsPre-Show 8-30-12Tags: travel, a/v

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  • 9 November

    [BONUS] THE DISCOMFORT ZONE – Meeting #4

    The best and most uncomfortable meeting yet. - Brett and Andrew have a fight. - Brett: Social fatigue, paranoia, alienation, feeling interrogated. Then an epiphany. - Andrew: Productivity jack-offery isn't working. What has to sacrificed for success? - Procrastinating by not prioritizing. Related PostsPre-Show 7-26-12Tags: a/vHacky Sack 8-24-13Tags: a/vShit Has Gone Too Far (Bonus Content Preview)Tags: bonus, a/vPre-Show 7-19-12Tags: a/vPre-Show 8-2-12Tags: a/v

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  • 1 November

    [BONUS] Lessons From My Communication Failures and Successes – The Contra Cruise

    This is audio of my two presentations on the Contra Cruise, including a speech, an impromptu workshop and an Ask Me Anything. My speech was written as the cruise progressed and it was delivered in two parts on Thursday and Saturday. It was assembled from thoughts and feelings I gathered from the dinner conversations I had over the week, and it covered a set of experiences, mostly related to the crucial communication of libertarian ideas, that I felt would be useful for the attendees. Topics Include: Thinking Fast and Slow, Emotions are a means of discovery, the Trump election mystery solved, people overwhelmed by information, blowing up the bridges of connection, getting people to say yes vs getting them to ...

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October, 2018

  • 16 October

    [BONUS] THE DISCOMFORT ZONE – Session Three

    (AUDIO, 89 MINUTES) In this series, we will build upon and grow our strengths, highlight and improve our weaknesses, diversify and increase our personal and professional skill sets. This ongoing saga will be an open discussion allowing us to question each other's actions to help ensure we are taking the best possible steps to keep us on track achieve our goals. Format: 1. Success: How did each of us "punch the world in the dick" (working title) this week? Greatest achievements. 2. Accountability - Did we take each other's advice from the previous session? How did it work out? 3. "Greatest Discomforts" - What is our biggest challenge/frustration/emotional weight this week? Discussion 4. Action Items - We give each other ...

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