031 Keys (Installment #2): Leaving Government School


ABOVE: Unlike BF Skinner's "box", used for the operant conditioning of rats, government school does have a way out.

Imagine a door to complete freedom, abounding opportunity and greater personal satisfaction... Public education is the lock. This is the second in a series of non-sequential shows about finding keys.

The END of Public Education?

END: It's over, irrelevant, useless, needs to be done away with. Considering the time we're living in, this is more true than ever.

Bumper Music:
"Alright" by Maxine Nightengale
"Heaven In the End" by Chad Verbeck

Jack is a fourteen-year-old who left government school to educate himself. We discuss the advantages of unschooling, talking to parents about school and politics, and public perception of home schoolers.

Jack shares his story about the realizations that led to his decision to leave school, how he approached his parents, and what has happened since he withdrew.

Public School/Skinner Box procedures include:
1. Positive reinforcement (Reinforcement) occurs when a behavior (response) is followed by a favorable stimulus (commonly seen as pleasant) that increases the frequency of that behavior. In the Skinner box experiment, a stimulus such as food or sugar solution can be delivered when the rat engages in a target behavior, such as pressing a lever.
2. Negative reinforcement (Escape) occurs when a behavior (response) is followed by the removal of an aversive stimulus (commonly seen as unpleasant) thereby increasing that behavior's frequency. In the Skinner box experiment, negative reinforcement can be a loud noise continuously sounding inside the rat's cage until it engages in the target behavior, such as pressing a lever, upon which the loud noise is removed.
3. Positive punishment (Punishment) (also called "Punishment by contingent stimulation") occurs when a behavior (response) is followed by an aversive stimulus, such as introducing a shock or loud noise, resulting in a decrease in that behavior.
4. Negative punishment (Penalty) (also called "Punishment by contingent withdrawal") occurs when a behavior (response) is followed by the removal of a favorable stimulus, such as taking away a child's toy following an undesired behavior, resulting in a decrease in that behavior.

Look Closer:
The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education by Grace LLewellyn

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  1. I really just enjoyed listening to this interview. It’s like letting the chocolate melt in your mouth and just enjoying all the different flavours. As I write this I cant help to think how much Brett has helped me and others through his work. Listening to Jack talk about how he came to the realization that he had to leave school if he wanted to do the best thing for himself was a great treat, I hope I could have the same effect on youngsters in the future.

    While I listen to this I’m also thinking of the recent ‘5-Day Morning Routine Tiny-Course’ Brett in offering, I first thought it just going to be some extra material which I was not really interested in because I’m already overwhelmed with all the podcasts I want to go through, but after joining and reading them I started to realize how great the course is because it’s going to speed things up. It provides a standard of operations for the individual and it provides the most valuable podcasts to start with. I want to make it mandatory for all may business partners to go through so that we can be better organized and more productive. THANKS BRETT!!

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