Podcasts

Podcast #244: The Trivium (Part Two) – Grammar and Logic

This is part two of a series about the Trivium Method for self-teaching. Gene Odening will accompany us through the next three episodes. Covered today: GRAMMAR REVIEW: The effect of grammar is to produce primary, or first-order, knowledge of a subject (19:00) The utility of mythology and the subjective thought process Law of Non-Contradiction (38:00) contradictions exist only within the mind of man through the misuse of free will (misinterpretations). Logic is meant to minimize these misinterpretations. Truth vs Belief (41:50) One of the most overused words without an definition attached is "truth" truth: a proposition in correspondence with objective, factual reality (i.e., a conceptual statement with no innate disagreements) English is a confusing language, denotation and connotation The 4 ...

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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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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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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 #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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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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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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237: If You Send Your Kid to Private School…You’re A Bad Person???

From the After School Sucks Special (8-29-13) Tony Myers and I discuss the Slate article, If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person (A manifesto), by Allison Benedikt It Begins... "You are a bad person if you send your children to private school. Not bad like murderer bad—but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation’s-most-essential-institutions-in-order-to-get-what’s-best-for-your-kid bad. So, pretty bad. I am not an education policy wonk: I’m just judgmental. But it seems to me that if every single parent sent every single child to public school, public schools would improve. This would not happen immediately. It could take generations. Your children and grandchildren might get mediocre educations in the meantime, but it will be worth it, for the eventual ...

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236 (Live): Historical Research Methods, Historiography, and Historicity

Picture: From the most paranoid conspiracy theorists to the most patriotic and authority-worshiping main-streamers, people need to understand that history is not a cartoon Historian Kevin Cole joins me for a live discussion, recorded on August 16th. Kevin explains his waking up process, and then we examine the history of the study of history. We also look into some of Kevin's projects - an upcoming book about the trivium and a recent article about Carol Quigley - to provide examples. Discussed: -the creation of disciplines -historiography (different lenses for viewing the past) -historicity (accuracy and impact) -the dangers of biographical history -Organic Unity -The Society of the Elect -Neologisms -The founding fathers and the Illuminati -The Professor Who Knew Too ...

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235: To Make Good Citizens – Brett and Richard Guest-Host the 5 Live Radio Show

On August 14th, Richard Grove and I guest-hosted a show called 5 Live Radio on the Logos Radio Network. We began the show by discussing an article from lewrockwell.com: The Police State Mindset in Our Public Schools, By John W. Whitehead We expand from there to a deeper discussion of education vs. schooling, the trivium, the active literacies, and American history. We also take some calls. Look Closer: Drug Raid At Stratford High School - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratford_High_School_%28Goose_Creek,_South_Carolina%29 The Trivium method - http://www.triviumeducation.com/ tragedyandhope.com - http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ The ULTIMATE History Lesson w/ John Taylor Gatto - https://www.tragedyandhope.com/dumbing-us-down/

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234: Meanwhile, In East Germany… (Brett on the Accelerated Learning Program)

This is my recent appearance on the ALP Live Show. Hosts Ali and Ellen invited me to discuss the Cold War and the Iron Curtain. About ALP: Join Ali & Ellen in a journey in self-education and personal intellectual empowerment. Live on LRN.FM from 11:00PM - 1:00AM Eastern. Please like their show on Facebook. The Arconym ALP changes weekly. During my show it stood for "Accelerated Learning Program." Look Closer: WALL STREET AND THE BOLSHEVIK REVOLUTION, by Antony Sutton - http://reformed-theology.org/html/books/bolshevik_revolution/index.html Antony Sutton - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antony_C._Sutton Iron Curtain Overview - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Curtain 10. United States House Select Committee to Investigate Tax-Exempt Foundations and Comparable Organizations (Reece Committee) (Cox Committee) - 10. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_Select_Committee_to_Investigate_Tax-Exempt_Foundations_and_Comparable_Organizations The Red Scare Overview - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_scare 25. Tragedy and Hope: ...

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233: Tools – The Brain Software (With Richard Grove and Paul Verge)

Paul and Richard have been using this software for years, with some impressive results. Recently I have come to understand its value for personal organization, creativity, and historical research. I highly recommend the full video version of the show, available here: Or the The Stand-Alone Brain Tutorial Look Closer: The Brain - http://www.thebrain.com/ Tragedy and Hope - http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ Correction: Listen to us live tonight, 8-14-13 at 7pm EST on 5 Live Radio. Stream it here. Related PostsFull Video - Podcast #233: Tools - The Brain Software71Paul and Richard have been using this software for years, with some impressive results. Recently I have come to understand its value for personal organization, creativity, and historical research. Look Closer: The Brain - http://www.thebrain.com/ ...

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232: How the Truth Becomes Illegal (Addendum/Optional) – Wall Street, Banks, and American Foreign Policy

An addendum to a series of shows inspired by recent current events involving the NSA, Prism, Edward Snowden and the barrage of leading questions from the mainstream media about the government's "legal" power to censor or silence the truth. And why do so many in the media want to bury the truth? Moving away from ideologies, aspirations, and academics, this episode deals with the specific operational maneuvers of those who shaped 20th century history from behind the scenes. This episode is a complete reading of Murray Rothbard's essay/book Wall Street, Banks, and American Foreign Policy

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231: Glenn Greenwald Vs. Mainstream Media – A Commentary (Audio to a Video)

Over the last two months, what were some of the mainstream media’s tricks for dismissing the NSA leak story and discrediting Edward Snowden? Lawrence O’Donnell steps up to bat against reality, strikes out, and runs away. Osborne, Gardner Goldsmith and I examine the tactics in greater detail. Full Video: Glenn Greenwald Vs. Lawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC) – A Commentary Look Closer: Liberty Conspiracy - http://libertyconspiracy.com/ Related PostsGlenn Greenwald Vs. Lawrence O'Donnell (MSNBC) - A Commentary92What are the mainstream media's tricks for dismissing the NSA leak story and discrediting Edward Snowden? Lawrence O'Donnell steps up to bat against reality, strikes out, and runs away. Part of the School Sucks Podcast Series: How the Truth Became Illegal Gardner's Site: http://libertyconspiracy.comTags: o'donnell, lawrence, strikes, ...

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230: How the Truth Becomes Illegal (Part 3) – A New World Order

Topic: Part three in a series of shows inspired by recent current events involving the NSA, Prism, Edward Snowden and the barrage of leading questions from the mainstream media about the government's "legal" power to censor or silence the truth. And why do so many in the media want to bury the truth? This installment deals primarily with what my research has led me to understand as the actual subversion of the United States in the 20th century, by a vast network of internationalist and collectivist revolutionaries, tracing its roots to late-19th century British academia. Today, this subversion is often referred to with the nebulous term, New World Order. I am joined by Richard Grove and Kevin Cole from TragedyandHope.com ...

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229: Philosophical Impact – Plato, The Matrix and Atlas Shrugged (With Geoff From Skeptical Youth)

Topic: Geoff from Skeptical Youth joins me in the new studio for an impromptu live show. Recorded on Tuesday, July 9th. School Sucks is usually live on UStream Thursdays at 6:30pm EST. The night before, Geoff and I watched The Matrix and a documentary called Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged. We discuss the reach and philosophical impact of both The Matrix and Atlas Shrugged. We also discuss positive and negative influence of Plato (Allegory of the Cave and The Republic). Bumper Music: "Virtual World" The Verve Look Closer: Blog: Skeptical Youth - http://skepticalyouth.tumblr.com/ An Interpretation of the Philosophy of The Matrix Trilogy - http://thematrix101.com/contrib/myoung_aitptm.php Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged Official Documentary - http://atlasshruggeddocumentary.com/ The ...

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228: Porcfest Interview – Conspiracy Theorists vs. Skeptics (and more)

WARNING: Strong Language My third appearance on The Renegade Variety Hour. Here's our prior conversations: 1. 222 (Supplemental): Brett On The Renegade Variety Hour 2. Empathizing with “The Enemy” (Brett On The Renegade Variety Hour, Part 2) At Porcfest, I sat down with Carlos and Taryn to discuss the topics listed below. Geoff, from Skeptical Youth also joined us. Discussed: -Is liberty a movement? -Conspiracy theorist vs Skeptic debate -History is filled with conspiracies -Conspiracy research as learning motivator -Open carrying -Porcfest vs Woodstock '99 and Jugalo gatherings? -If government disappears tomorrow -Robert Higgs on how the state came to be -Man Makes Himself -A very brief history of slavery Bumper Music: "Bus Rider" by John Swihart (Napoleon Dynamite Soundtrack) ...

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227 (Live Show): Is World War Z Globalist Propaganda?

"Alex Jones is gonna shit when he sees this." -my exact thought 25 minutes into the movie Topic: (School Sucks At the Movies) Cory, Osborne and I review World War Z. Our discussion includes a comparison of the film to the Max Brooks book by the same name, and an exploration the themes of and possible agenda behind both. I was so shocked and offended by the heavy-handed nature of the propaganda that I immediately went to InfoWars.com to see if anyone else was talking about it. The film seems like it was designed to provoke conspiracy theorists. This is an edited version the 6-27-13 live show. School Sucks is live on UStream Thursdays at 6:30pm EST. Bumper Music: "Mule" ...

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226: How the Truth Becomes Illegal (Part 2) – Barometer

Topic: Part two in a series of shows inspired by recent current events involving the NSA, Prism, Edward Snowden and the barrage of leading questions from the mainstream media about the government's "legal" power to censor or silence the truth. This installment deals primarily with both phases of The Red Scare (1919-1921 and 1947-1957), related trends in American politics (xenophobia, prohibition, isolationism, hyper-racism, paranoia), new uses of law and appeals to authority to control speech and the public mind, and some heavy hints of another dark conspiracy that began to overtake America early in the 20th century. Bumper Music: "Good Save the Queen" British National Anthem "Good Save the Queen" The Sex Pistols Look Closer: Chapter 14: War is the ...

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225 (Live Show): The Road To Hell Is Paved With Central Plans

...from Eugenics to Common Core Recorded live 6-6-13 with Joe, Cory and various participants in the chat Topic: The themes of central planning and well-intentioned megalomania tie together two distinct topics: a survey history of eugenics and the new Common Core national curriculum. The article that leads into our eugenics conversation: Huffington Post: People Getting Dumber? Human Intelligence Has Declined Since Victorian Era, Research Suggests The story of eugenics is closer to home than you might think. Look Closer Galton Centenary 2011 - http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/galton/centenary Legacy of eugenics: mini-lecture (UCL) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5zSRYch50A UNA21 - US Education Goal: Dumb & Dumber 1 of 7 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpr4iiOh62I Peg Luksik "Who Controls Our Children?" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfInio1sLE0 Indoctrination in Common Core ELA Texts - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGph7QHzmo8 ...

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