Yearly Archives: 2013

Podcast #243: The Trivium (Interlude): Religion, Sophistry, Baseball and Freemasonry

This show contains excepts from our logic discussion (which will be in the next podcast). These are are two pieces that I did not want to leave on the cutting room floor. Look Closer: Trivium and Quadrivium Cliff Notes by Gene Odening by 8thestate Trivium Method of Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving by 8thestate Jan Irvin's Site, Trivium Education - http://www.triviumeducation.com/ T&H Trivium Resources - https://www.tragedyandhope.com/trivium/ The Lost Tools of Learning, by Dorothy Sayers - http://www.gbt.org/text/sayers.html Please Support School Sucks Your support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this message. This subscription also grants you access to the A/V Club, a ...

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The New Dumbness (Best of Gatto, Episode Four)

Part four in a series of short videos based on John Taylor Gatto's book, The Underground History of American Education. This excerpt is from The Prologue, Section Six: "The New Dumbness"(p.16-18) Get the book: http://johntaylorgatto.com/underground/ PDF: http://johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/index.htm Audiobook: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/50300 The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend With John Taylor Gatto (Documentary) Commentary and Analysis: The Ultimate History Lesson (16+ Hours / mp3) Related PostsThe Art of Driving (Best of Gatto, Episode Five)96Part five in a series of short videos based on John Taylor Gatto's book, The Underground History of American Education. This excerpt is from Chapter One - The Way It Used to Be Section Four: "The Art of Driving"(p.26-27) Get the book: http://johntaylorgatto.com/underground/ PDF: http://johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/index.htm Audiobook: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/50300 The Ultimate History…Tags: ...

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Podcast #242: The Trivium (Part One) – Introduction and Grammar

This is part one of a series about the Trivium Method for self-teaching. Gene Odening will accompany us through the next three episodes. Covered today: -The Classical Trivium vs the Trivium Method -What is General Grammar? -The Lost Tools of Learning, by Dorothy Sayers -Examples of how General Grammar is applied to the study of a subject -What happened to the seven liberal arts? -the servile arts vs. the liberal arts -General Grammar vs. Special Grammar Look Closer: Trivium and Quadrivium Cliff Notes by Gene Odening by 8thestate Trivium Method of Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving by 8thestate Jan Irvin's Site, Trivium Education - http://www.triviumeducation.com/ T&H Trivium Resources - https://www.tragedyandhope.com/trivium/ The Lost Tools of Learning, by Dorothy Sayers - ...

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Behind-the-Scenes of Production With Marc Stevens, Richard Grove and Brett

Marc Stevens (No State Project) asked me if I could provide him with some tips and strategies for live video production. I invited Rich to join us and this our fantastic conversation! Topics range from the Trivium to Ustream. Marc's Site: http://marcstevens.net/ Rich's Site: http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ Jan Irvin: http://www.gnosticmedia.com/ Related PostsBonus Show: 9/11, Information Holes, Obedience, and Empathy - With Richard Grove (Video)73A live show from Tragedy and Hope studios with Richard Grove, recorded August 2nd, 2013. -How Richard and I came to know each other -9/11 Synchronicity, 9/11 truth and inconsistencies -The Warren Commission and Allen Dulles -Bertrand Russell -Emotional splinters, filling information holes -documentary-making and podcasting -police, obedience and empathy…Tags: richard, grove, video, live, trivium, a/vPre-Show 9-11-1372(A/V CLUB) Brett ...

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The New Individualism (Best of Gatto, Episode Three)

Part three in a series of short videos based on John Taylor Gatto's book, The Underground History of American Education. These excerpts are from The Prologue, Section Three: "The New Individualism" and Section Four: "School As Religion"(p.12-14) Get the book: http://johntaylorgatto.com/underground/ PDF: http://johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/index.htm Audiobook: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/50300 The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend With John Taylor Gatto (Documentary) https://www.tragedyandhope.com/th-films/the-ultimate-history-lesson/commentary-and-analysis/ Related PostsBefore You Send Your Child to Public School... (Best of Gatto, Episode One)77Part One in a series of short videos based on John Taylor Gatto's book, The Underground History of American Education. This excerpt is from The Prologue, Section One: "Bianca, You Animal, Shut Up!" (p.10-11) Get the book: http://johntaylorgatto.com/underground/ PDF: http://johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/index.htm Audiobook: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/50300 The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend With John…Tags: ...

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Teacher Resignation: I Quit. I Think (Best of Gatto, Episode Two)

Part Two in a series of short videos based on John Taylor Gatto's book, The Underground History of American Education. This excerpt is from The Prologue, Section Two: "I Quit, I Think" (p.11-12) Get the book: http://johntaylorgatto.com/underground/ PDF: http://johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/index.htm Audiobook: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/50300 The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend With John Taylor Gatto (Documentary) https://www.tragedyandhope.com/th-films/the-ultimate-history-lesson/commentary-and-analysis/ Related PostsBefore You Send Your Child to Public School... (Best of Gatto, Episode One)91Part One in a series of short videos based on John Taylor Gatto's book, The Underground History of American Education. This excerpt is from The Prologue, Section One: "Bianca, You Animal, Shut Up!" (p.10-11) Get the book: http://johntaylorgatto.com/underground/ PDF: http://johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/index.htm Audiobook: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/50300 The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend With John…Tags: gatto, book, taylor, john, ...

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Podcast #241: Listener Question – Where Are Gatto’s Footnotes?

Topic:Some disturbing updates from the world of Common Core, followed by a discussion about Gatto's book, The Underground History of American Education. A listener wrote to express his concerns about the the lack of references included in the book. Bumper Music: Beat 239 by Jacob Levan Look Closer: Common Core assignment makes sixth-graders SCRAP Bill of Rights amendments - http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/08/common-core-assignment-makes-sixth-graders-scrap-bill-of-rights-amendments/ Common Core - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Core_State_Standards_Initiative Gatto: The Underground History of American Education - http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/index.htm Tragedy and Hope Communications - http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ The Underground History of American Education (Audiobook) - http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/50300 The Ulitimate History Lesson - https://www.tragedyandhope.com/th-films/the-ultimate-history-lesson/commentary-and-analysis/ Related Posts127: The Ultimate History Lesson71Today Richard Grove from TragedyandHope.com joins me to discuss his recent film, The Ultimate History Lesson - A Weekend With John ...

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Podcast #241 Unedited: Listener Question – Where Are Gatto’s Footnotes?

(A/V Club) Includes a somewhat amusing anecdote about learned helplessness, as well as discussion of government experiments with telekinesis, DMT, and Jan Irvin's recent interviews with General Albert Stubblebine and Dr. Rima Laibow Related PostsCorbett Report After-Show 5-19-1297With Richard Grove and Tony Myers.Tags: tony, myers, grove, richard, a/vPre-Show 8-22-1397(A/V CLUB)Tags: club, a/v, myers, tony, grove, richardPresence and Productivity Out-takes (MP3, 15 minutes) 8-22-1396With Richard Grove and Tony Myers. Recorded live 8-22-13. Habit change and emotional doppelgangers.Tags: myers, tony, grove, richard, a/vAfter School Sucks Special 8-22-1396(A/V CLUB) Lots of fitness and nutrition talk. Was al Qaeda based on Wile E. Coyote from Looney Toons? With Richard Grove and Tony Myers.Tags: richard, grove, myers, tony, club, a/vPresence and Productivity (Parts 1 and ...

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Before You Send Your Child to Public School… (Best of Gatto, Episode One)

Part One in a series of short videos based on John Taylor Gatto's book, The Underground History of American Education. This excerpt is from The Prologue, Section One: "Bianca, You Animal, Shut Up!" (p.10-11) Get the book: http://johntaylorgatto.com/underground/ PDF: http://johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/index.htm Audiobook: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/50300 The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend With John Taylor Gatto (Documentary) https://www.tragedyandhope.com/th-films/the-ultimate-history-lesson/commentary-and-analysis/ Related PostsTeacher Resignation: I Quit. I Think (Best of Gatto, Episode Two)91Part Two in a series of short videos based on John Taylor Gatto's book, The Underground History of American Education. This excerpt is from The Prologue, Section Two: "I Quit, I Think" (p.11-12) Get the book: http://johntaylorgatto.com/underground/ PDF: http://johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/index.htm Audiobook: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/50300 The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend With John Taylor…Tags: john, taylor, book, gatto, history, ...

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Brett Interviewed On PaleoRunner Podcast

From PaleoRunner.org In this episode I talk with Brett Veinotte of School Sucks Podcast about self-education and home-education for young people. Brett argues that our traditional school system is very unnatural and not conducive to learning. Brett calls for a more self-directed approach to learning. We end by talking about the paleo diet and if there is a connection between a more natural way of eating and more natural way of learning.

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Brett Interviewed On The Paul Duane Show

From www.paulduane.net: What’s the difference between education and schooling? Mark Twain said to “…never let your schooling interfere with your education”. Was he being quaint or is there really something to it? On today’s show, I interview the founder of School Sucks Podcast, Brett Veinotte, about this very subject. But wait, there’s more! I talk about why you should always hang with a friend who is expert in removing blood from white shirts in public bathrooms, getting punched in the face by my date at a black tie party, and I brag about my daughters for a few minutes. On a more personal note: A few years ago I worked for the Postal Service as a Letter Carrier. One of ...

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Podcast #240 (Supplemental): Brett On Freedom Lovin’ Podcast With Kevin Koskella

My recent conversation with Kevin Koskella, who also hosted one of my all-time favorite shows: Healthy Mind, Fit Body. The first 25 minutes: a personal story and some developments with my former place of employment Discussed with Kevin: 26:52 – Freedom Lovin’ iTunes review 30:23 – School Sucks beginnings 34:24 – Brett’s school experience 35:49 – Wes Bertrand and Logical Learning 37:42 – The problem with school 41:18 – Let’s get rid of school? 43:56 – Intellectual self-defense 48:55 – How do we break out of not thinking for ourselves? 54:52 – Intrinsic motivation 55:47 – The three lessons of school: obedience, conformity, intellectual apathy 57:50 – College loan system 62:18 – Future of government school 69:20 – Making a ...

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Government Drones: A Promising Future?

How far will drones go? Further than we have gone? (If you can, please watch in HD with some nice headphones) "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." -Viktor E. Frankl Animation Used: "ROBOTS OF BRIXTON" Short film by Kibwe Tavares Smile - A Touching Aniboom Animation by Paris Zarcilla Nazi Robots - Student Produced Film, DAVE School [Animation Art] Connection, by Ittiphon Chuatong Music: Landon Calhoun Performing "Lucky Man" The Verve Cover https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fN_36z3G238 Geto Boys "G-Code" See Also: The Walking Drones Trailer, Profile Pictures

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Full Video – 239 (Live): Inferential Distance, Parallel Thinking, and 9/11

(A/V CLUB) The second year of what I’m hoping will become an iconoclastic tradition: thinking on 9/11 in America. This show has three parts: 1. What is inferential distance and what communication problems does it cause? 2. An explanation and examination of Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats (a tools process of parallel thinking) 3. A 9/11 “truther” vs. 9/11 true believer role-play using what we’ve learned Related PostsPre-Show 9-11-1395(A/V CLUB) Brett and Rich preparing for episode #239 (Live): Inferential Distance, Parallel Thinking, and 9/11 - Getting that in-box to emptyTags: parallel, distance, thinking, inferential, live, club, a/v, grove, richard[BONUS] Drive Journal - Day 382(AUDIO, 16 minutes) -From East Hartford CT to The Pine Barrens NJ -Presence -Interviewing Richard Grove ...

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Podcast #239 (Live): Inferential Distance, Parallel Thinking, and 9/11

The second year of what I'm hoping will become an iconoclastic tradition: thinking on 9/11 in America. This show has three parts 1. What is inferential distance and what communication problems does it cause? 2. An explanation and examination of Edward de Bono's Six Thinking Hats (a tools process of parallel thinking) 3. A 9/11 "truther" vs. 9/11 true believer role-play using what we've learned Edward de Bono Presentation: Six Thinking Hats (Video)   GOAL: Rearranging things in our minds so we can think more simply and more effectively, using existing brain ability ANALOGY: relationship between intelligence (potential) and thinking (skill) is like the relationship between a car and the driver car's engine, transmission, etc... (potential) but performance depends upon ...

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Pre-Show 9-11-13

(A/V CLUB) Brett and Rich preparing for episode #239 (Live): Inferential Distance, Parallel Thinking, and 9/11 - Getting that in-box to empty Related PostsFull Video - 239 (Live): Inferential Distance, Parallel Thinking, and 9/1195(A/V CLUB) The second year of what I’m hoping will become an iconoclastic tradition: thinking on 9/11 in America. This show has three parts: 1. What is inferential distance and what communication problems does it cause? 2. An explanation and examination of Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats (a tools…Tags: thinking, distance, inferential, parallel, club, a/v, live, grove, richard[BONUS] Drive Journal - Day 386(AUDIO, 16 minutes) -From East Hartford CT to The Pine Barrens NJ -Presence -Interviewing Richard Grove Click HERE to download. On October 15th Brett ...

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238f: Presence and Productivity #6 – Tools For A Freed Mind and A Voluntary Life

This is the sixth and final (for now) installment in a series of shows inspired by my experience with and successes after reading the book, Getting Things Done by David Allen. Jake Desyllas joins me to discuss his experience with GTD, and to share his Eight Tools For A Freed Mind. Discussed Today: -The importance of combining tools and habits -Jake's Background -Jake's Eight Tools For A Freed Mind 1. A Concentration Timer Your mind is not free if you are distracted and interrupted all the time. A concentration timer is a simple tool that helps your mind focus for short bursts of concentration and then give your brain rest periods. A concentration timer is just a stopwatch with an ...

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238e: Presence and Productivity #5 – Habit Change

This is the fifth installment in a series of shows inspired by my experience with and successes after reading the book, Getting Things Done by David Allen. Discussed Today: -Small things: strategies for habit change -Tony Robbins knows your rituals -how millimeters of change turn into yards of difference -A new morning routine -the 2-minute (or 5-minute) rule from GTD -calendars -why we/they might lack presence Look Closer: David Allen, Getting Things Done - http://www.davidco.com/ The Trivium method - http://www.triviumeducation.com/ tragedyandhope.com - http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ I Like Tony Robbins - http://www.tonyrobbins.com/ Please Support School Sucks Your support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this ...

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238d: Presence and Productivity #4 – Next Actions, Projects, and Procrastination

This is the fourth installment in a series of shows inspired by my experience with and successes after reading the book, Getting Things Done by David Allen. Discussed Today: -One of the most appealing aspects of GTD, these are skills we already have - The Four-Criteria Model for Choosing Actions in the Moment uses the criteria of context, time available, energy available, and priority to make decisions -What constitutes a project? -The 5 phases of project planning -Who procrastinates? -We already have the mental skills and habits to be productive -Allen's concept of "Intelligent Dumbing Down" -defining what real doing looks like, empowerment Look Closer: David Allen, Getting Things Done - http://www.davidco.com/ The Trivium method - http://www.triviumeducation.com/ tragedyandhope.com - http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ ...

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238c: Presence and Productivity #3 – Input, Process, Output

This is the third installment in a series of shows inspired by my experience with and successes after reading the book, Getting Things Done by David Allen. Discussed Today: -Not enough time? -The five stages of Gaining control over your life -Enjoying our work -Accepting too many inputs -How to interface with GTD, book and lecture series -The altitudes of planning Look Closer: David Allen, Getting Things Done - http://www.davidco.com/ The Trivium method - http://www.triviumeducation.com/ tragedyandhope.com - http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ Please Support School Sucks Your support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this message. This subscription also grants you access to the A/V Club, ...

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238b: Presence and Productivity #2 – Mind Like Water

Pictured: Not this water. This is the second installment in a series of shows inspired by my experience with and successes after reading the book, Getting Things Done by David Allen. Discussed Today: -The importance of a capture device -mental RAM -Evernote -My professional organization history -dealing with unplanned meetings -strategically clear space -Where are you in this matrix? Look Closer: David Allen, Getting Things Done - http://www.davidco.com/ The Trivium method - http://www.triviumeducation.com/ tragedyandhope.com - http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ Evernote - https://evernote.com/ Please Support School Sucks Your support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this message. This subscription also grants you access to the A/V ...

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238a: Presence and Productivity #1 – The Only Time Is Now

This is the first installment in a series of shows inspired by my experience with and successes after reading the book, Getting Things Done by David Allen. Discussed Today: -Present moment awareness and engagement -What is serenity through force? -finding serenity in what might seem like chaos -Observation and identification -The impact of clutter in your surroundings competes for your attention -How procrastination leads to resignation -Emotional attachments to "stuff" -Your mind, the computer: what programs are running in the background? The GTD Flowchart: My Computer Desktop: Look Closer: David Allen, Getting Things Done - http://www.davidco.com/ The Trivium method - http://www.triviumeducation.com/ tragedyandhope.com - http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ Mindsight - http://drdansiegel.com/about/mindsight/ Please Support School Sucks Your support keeps the show going and growing, which ...

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Presence and Productivity (Raw Video, Parts 3, 4, and 5)

(A/V CLUB) Related PostsPre-Show 8-29-1399(A/V CLUB) Tony and I prepare to record Presence and Productivity Parts 3, 4, and 5.Tags: presence, productivity, parts, a/v, club, tony, myersPresence and Productivity Out-Takes (MP3, 38 minutes) 8-29-1399With Tony Myers. Recorded live 8-29-13Tags: myers, tony, productivity, presence, a/v[BONUS] Drive Journal – Day 586(AUDIO, 15 minutes) -From The Pine Barrens, NJ to York, PA -There was no entry yesterday because I was in the car with Phil -A quick ramble at the end of my drive before I meet up with Tony Myers Click HERE to download. On October 15th Brett began a…Tags: tony, myers, a/vPre-Show 8-22-1375(A/V CLUB)Tags: club, a/v, myers, tonyCorbett Report After-Show 5-19-1274With Richard Grove and Tony Myers.Tags: tony, myers, a/v

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Presence and Productivity (Parts 1 and 2, Raw Video)

(A/V CLUB) Related PostsCorbett Report After-Show 5-19-1290With Richard Grove and Tony Myers.Tags: tony, myers, grove, richard, a/vPresence and Productivity Out-takes (MP3, 15 minutes) 8-22-1390With Richard Grove and Tony Myers. Recorded live 8-22-13. Habit change and emotional doppelgangers.Tags: myers, tony, productivity, grove, richard, presence, a/vPre-Show 8-22-1390(A/V CLUB)Tags: club, a/v, myers, tony, grove, richardAfter School Sucks Special 8-22-1389(A/V CLUB) Lots of fitness and nutrition talk. Was al Qaeda based on Wile E. Coyote from Looney Toons? With Richard Grove and Tony Myers.Tags: richard, grove, myers, tony, club, a/vPodcast #241 Unedited: Listener Question - Where Are Gatto's Footnotes?88(A/V Club) Includes a somewhat amusing anecdote about learned helplessness, as well as discussion of government experiments with telekinesis, DMT, and Jan Irvin's recent interviews with ...

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Presence and Productivity Out-Takes (MP3, 38 minutes) 8-29-13

With Tony Myers. Recorded live 8-29-13 Related PostsPresence and Productivity (Raw Video, Parts 3, 4, and 5)99(A/V CLUB)Tags: a/v, productivity, presence, myers, tonyPre-Show 8-29-1398(A/V CLUB) Tony and I prepare to record Presence and Productivity Parts 3, 4, and 5.Tags: presence, productivity, a/v, tony, myers[BONUS] Drive Journal – Day 586(AUDIO, 15 minutes) -From The Pine Barrens, NJ to York, PA -There was no entry yesterday because I was in the car with Phil -A quick ramble at the end of my drive before I meet up with Tony Myers Click HERE to download. On October 15th Brett began a…Tags: minutes, tony, myers, a/vPresence and Productivity Out-takes (MP3, 15 minutes) 8-22-1375With Richard Grove and Tony Myers. Recorded live 8-22-13. Habit change and ...

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