Podcasts

105: Two-Year Anniversary/Unplugged Mom Roundtable

Today School Sucks is two years old! Or it enters the "terrible twos" as parents who don't like hearing "no" to their commands, declarations of self-ownership, or questions about their authority usually call it. This morning I participated in a round table on Unplugged Mom Radio. Laurette Lynn was commemorating the one-year anniversary of her show today. From Unplugged Mom: Join Laurette Lynn and the eclectic panel of voices to commemorate one year of the Unplugged Mom Show! Strong voices in Home Ed and Ed reform join us for this informative and fun show covering a range of topics and issues related to how we learn, how society is affected by education and all things school, homeshool and unschool! Hear ...

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104: Discovering Doublespeak! (Part Three) – Legalese v. Curiosity and Critical Thought

Marc Stevens, author of Adventures In Legal Land and host of the No State Project, joins me to illuminate the dark and bizarre world of the so-called justice system. With this focus on law and the courts, we discuss the second form of doublespeak: jargon. Marc also explains his Socratic approach to defending against the doublespeak of lawyers, judges and tax collectors. "Doublespeak is not lying, nor is it merely sloppy language. It is the intentional use of euphemisms, synonyms, jargon, and vagueness which pretends to communicate but really does not, or implies the opposite of what it would appear to communicate." -Metta Winte Bumper Music: "One Million Lawyers" Tom Paxton Look Closer: The Doublespeak Dictionary by Leslie Starr O’Hara ...

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103: Discovering Doublespeak! (Part Two) – The Cacophemism

With a focus on the intellectually insulting tactics of the mainstream media, I discuss an often overlooked form of doublespeak: the cacophemism (aka malphemism or dysphemism). In language, dysphemism (from the Greek dys δύς "mis-" and pheme φήμη "reputation"), malphemism (in Latin malus "bad"), and cacophemism (in Greek kakos κακός "bad") refer to the usage of an intentionally harsh word or expression instead of a polite one. -Wikipedia Defining attributes of doublespeak: -misleads -distorts reality -pretends to communicate -avoids or shifts responsibility -makes the negative appear positive -creates a false verbal map of the world -limits, conceals, corrupts, and prevents thought -makes the unpleasant appear attractive or tolerable -creates incongruity between reality and what is said or not said (William ...

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102: Discovering Doublespeak! (Part One) – The Euphemism

With a focus on the misleading and manipulative language of the military, I discuss the first form of doublespeak: the euphemism. Defining attributes of doublespeak: -misleads -distorts reality -pretends to communicate -avoids or shifts responsibility -makes the negative appear positive -creates a false verbal map of the world -limits, conceals, corrupts, and prevents thought -makes the unpleasant appear attractive or tolerable -creates incongruity between reality and what is said or not said (William Lutz, Doublespeak) Look Closer: The Doublespeak Dictionary by Leslie Starr O’Hara http://www.thedoublespeakdictionary.com/ Doublespeak: From Revenue Enhancement to Terminal Living : How Government, Business, Advertisers, and Others Use Language to Deceive You, by William Lutz http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2151216.Doublespeak Government by Euphemism, by Sheldon Richman http://www.fff.org/comment/com0407a.asp Rendition: a dangerous euphemism http://www.theage.com.au/news/Editorial/Rendition-a-dangerous-euphemism/2005/03/10/1110417612086.html ...

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101: Unschooling Liberty – The Halldorsons and the Unschool Bus

Kelly Halldorson from unschoolbus.com joins me to discuss her family's unschooling awakening. Kelly and her husband Jeff are the parents of three unschooled teenagers. We also cover the reactions and judgements of others, the challenges, travels on the Unschool Bus and the successes of liberty-minded parenting. Correction: Northeast Unschooling Conference, not New England Unschooling Conference Look Closer: unschoolbus.com http://kelly.halldorson.com/blog/ Northeast Unschooling Conference http://www.northeastunschoolingconference.com/ porcfest.com Homepage

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100: Brett Sucks Podcast (Outtakes, Discarded Rants, and Failures From the First 100 Episodes)

WARNING: Explicit Content While the title is self-explanatory, this is a somewhat symbolic show. Most of this material was originally discarded because I found it to be too negative. At this point, I'd like to turn another corner, and start producing a generally more positive and constructive product. In the first 100 shows, with regard to criticism of the state and its schools, few stones were left unturned. We've covered these problems in great detail, often with a very negative tone. This show represents a purging of that negativity, a purging of the spotlight on problems, and a transition to a greater focus on the important work that still lies ahead: to redefine "education." Thanks for listening.

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099: Teachers Unions 103 – My First Discussion With A Public School Teacher

PICTURE: I show a teacher the most valuable tool of the government school system and the public employee unions. At the end of March 2011, I was lucky enough to encounter a public school teacher who had come to protest the NH budget cuts in Concord, NH. She agreed to a discussion, which lasted about half an hour. Jason Talley was there to film it. Look Closer: Talley TV http://talley.tv/ CD Evolution http://cdevolution.org/ porcfest.com Homepage

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098: Porcfest Education Forum

PICTURED (L to R): Brett Veinotte, Bob Murphy, Kelly Halldorson, Jenn Hewson, Eileen Landies From porcfest.com: This forum brings together Porcupines in the know about many areas of NH education. This will be an open discussion on educating your children in the free state. If you are concerned about state regulations, finding homeschool or unschool groups, or getting to know the individuals who are fighting for parental rights, this is the one-stop-shop for addressing your concerns. Educational freedom activists, homeschoolers, and unschoolers will answer questions and discuss various aspects of education in NH. Organized by Sharon Osborne Look Closer: Bob Murphy: Lew Rockwell Archives http://www.lewrockwell.com/murphy/murphy-arch.html Kelly Halldorson's Blog http://kelly.halldorson.com/blog/?tag=unschool-bus porcfest.com Homepage NH Homeschooling Coalition http://www.nhhomeschooling.org/ Relaxed Homeschoolers of NH http://relaxedhomeschoolers.org/

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097 (Keys Installment #6): Autodidacticism & Engaging the “Public”

BACKGROUND: The consequences of state aggression. FOREGROUND: Probably most of the people you know. Imagine a door to complete freedom, abounding opportunity and greater personal satisfaction... Public education is the lock. This is the sixth in a series of non-sequential shows about finding keys. Today's show includes Paul, Rob and Adam from Remedy Radio. We discuss a variety of topics, including the essential process of becoming an autodidact. We also devote some time to the difficult process of discussing our ideas and conclusions with others, and some strategies for doing so. Topics: -My path to teaching -Serious questions about the necessity of higher education in the 21st century -The challenge of engaging people on these ideas -Reconciling private virtue with ...

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096: Teachers Unions 102 – Fairytale Villages and Rhetorical Bear Traps

The second installment in a series of shows about the teachers and public sector unions, and the recent protests. It would have been nice to skip this topic, but we can't. Discussed: -The Myths of Hoover vs. FDR on economic policy -Presidential "Terribles" and their media challenges/triumphs -The ease of spreading propaganda vs. the challenge of providing context -Manipulation of statistics -Ignorantio Elenchi: the irrelevant conclusion logical fallacy Look Closer:

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094: Brett and Laurette Make Trouble (Unplugged Mom Radio)

This is my recent appearance as co-host on Unplugged Mom Radio with Laurette Lynn. The show airs Friday at 8am EST. The full show and all of Laurette's archives are available here. Look Closer: Unplugged Mom http://www.unpluggedmom.com/laurette-lynn/ Unplugged Mom On Blog Talk Radio http://www.blogtalkradio.com/unpluggedmom Related Posts088 (Supplemental): More Discussion With Laurette Lynn76At 52:53 in Keys #5: Unplugging and Activating, I cut out about 25 minutes of off-topic discussion to tighten up the show. However, I think it is definitely worth hearing. Discussed: -The War on Independent Thinking in schools, fact-checking teachers -The demand for "alternative" central plans -The futility of engaging…Tags: laurette's, closer, laurette, lynn, mom, unplugged

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092: Osama Bin Laden – Any Questions?

"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 This is not an investigation into the veracity of the claims that the US military killed Bin Laden. It is an examination of why - once again - there is so little curiosity or doubt from the public and the media. Topics: -What 9/12/01 looked and felt like -"Choices" for travel, TSA -The argument from authority easily prevails in the absence of critical thinking -Lessons in authority worship from school -Obama speech mock press conference -My reaction to the public reaction -A closer look at al Qaeda, Bin Laden and ...

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090: Teachers Unions 101 – This Is What Hypocrisy Looks Like

An introduction to a series of shows about the teachers and public sector unions, and the recent protests. It would have been nice to skip this topic, but we can't. Discussed: -Angry again -The Wisconsin situation spreads -Students protesting with and for teachers -Public sector union evasion -Voices -Choices -Consistency -The inverse relationship between obvious truth and the need for training Look Closer: Retirement “Education” Behind the Wisconsin Teacher Protests http://www.erollover.com/blogger/Mike-Rowan/wisconsin-teachers-protest-retirement-benefits Child’s Play: Wisconsin Teachers Recruit Their Students to Save Union Jobs http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/260143/childs-play-wisconsin-teachers-recruit-their-students-save-union-jobs-christian-schnei Two-Thirds of Wisconsin Public-School 8th Graders Can’t Read Proficiently—Despite Highest Per Pupil Spending in Midwest Two-Thirds of Wisconsin Public-School 8th Graders Can’t Read Proficiently—Despite Highest Per Pupil Spending in Midwest Wisconsin protesters get children to chant

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089 (School News #6): Force Feeding…For the Children

In this show, I go nuts. The catalyst was an article called "Chicago school bans homemade lunches, the latest in national food fight". Discussed: -The government invites you to think less and depend more -The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Bumper Music: "Urgent" Foreigner "I Want To Know What Love Is" Foreigner Look Closer: Michelle Obama's America: Chicago School Bans Bag Lunches to Protect Kids from Themselves http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2011/04/11/michelle-obamas-america-chicago-school-bans-bag-lunches-protect-kids-the Horrifying! Chicago School Bans Home Lunch... http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/10439-horrifying-chicago-school-bans-home-lunch-to-force-kids-to-eat-healthy-school-lunch Legislating Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids: Did Everyone Miss the Point? Legislating Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids: Did Everyone Miss The Point?

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088 (Supplemental): More Discussion With Laurette Lynn

At 52:53 in Keys #5: Unplugging and Activating, I cut out about 25 minutes of off-topic discussion to tighten up the show. However, I think it is definitely worth hearing. Discussed: -The War on Independent Thinking in schools, fact-checking teachers -The demand for "alternative" central plans -The futility of engaging the elders? -Can young people help their parents unplug? -Measuring personal success -Celebrity Worship -Self-trust Bumper Music: "Cooking By the Book" Lazy Town Look Closer: Laurette's Bio http://laurettelynn.blogspot.com/p/bio.html Laurette's Site http://unpluggedmom.com/ Related Posts094: Brett and Laurette Make Trouble (Unplugged Mom Radio)76This is my recent appearance as co-host on Unplugged Mom Radio with Laurette Lynn. The show airs Friday at 8am EST. The full show and all of Laurette's archives are ...

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087 (Keys Installment #5): Unplugging and Activating – A Show For Parents

Imagine a door to complete freedom, abounding opportunity and greater personal satisfaction... Public education is the lock. This is the fifth in a series of non-sequential shows about finding keys. Topic: Laurette Lynn of Unpluuggedmom.com joins me to discuss the challenges of home education and active parenting...and how to overcome them. "Unplugged" by Laurette Lynn I am an Unplugged Mom. I endorse an audaciously “Unplugged” family lifestyle through speaking, writing, blogging and on my radio show, Unplugged Mom Radio Show©. While my general focus is on embracing informal life-learning home education, the essence of what the message actually is, is more than that. It is an entire lifestyle. When we unplug from the passive parenting style that our culture has ...

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085: Free Talk Live – Stephanie and I Discuss Teacher Unions And Wisconsin Students

Stephanie Murphy and I host the FTL Sunday Show (03-13-11). The very talented Hannah Hoffman joins us about half way into the show, so be sure to get the whole show from the FTL archives. This is only the first half. Discussed: -The Wisconsin situation, Students protesting with teachers -Public vs. private sector unions -The mind-numbing mainstream media -Republicans and Democrats -Corporations -Reformed conservative -Treatment of children in society -Listening -ROTC and Police "Explorers" Look Closer: Stephanie's Website/Podcast: Porc Therapy http://porctherapy.com/ Free Talk Live http://www.freetalklive.com/

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084: Seeds (2 of 2) – Bullying, Way Up In the Tree

CHART: Some of the consequences of bullying Topic: This is my commentary on a NH Department of Education bullying seminar. The DoE's plan in a nutshell: If aggression causes aggression, try aggression. Bumper Music: "America Is" Violent Femmes Look Closer: NEA General Counsel Bob Chanin Says Farewell Does Nation's Toughest Anti-Bullying Law Violate the Constitution? http://video.foxnews.com/v/4432282/does-nations-toughest-anti-bullying-law-violate-the-constitution

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083: Seeds (1 of 2) – Small People Can Be Dangerous

(Part 1 of 2) For the last two months, I have been working primarily with younger kids (ages 6-10). While comparing and contrasting these recent experiences to my work with high school students, I gained a fresh perspective on this whole "school sucks" idea. Discussed: -Domination Systems -Crushing...courage, imagination, ambition, individuality -NCLB -Bureaucratic inertia in the tutoring business NOTE: This show was recorded in the car on February 18th and 23rd. Bumper Music: "Sunshine" Timbuk3 Look Closer: Teacher Cuts Off Girl's Braid In Front Of Class Teacher Still In Classrroom After Cutting Girl's Braid FDR1460 Statism and Early Education https://www.schoolsucksproject.com/fdr#fdr1460 How to think like Einstein: Seed Ideas http://books.google.com

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082: John Holt – Instead of Education (Freedom Book Club Discussion Part 2 of 2)

(Part 2 of 2) On February 26th 2011, I took part in a discussion about John Holt's book, Instead of Education. Other participants included Stefan Molyneux, Jake Desyllas, Luke David, Michael Demarco, Thomas Bell, Debbie Harbeson, Ivan Ivanov and Cheryl Hulseapple. Special thanks to Greg for setting up the conference on Skype. Bumper Music: "Crime of the Century" Supertramp "Take the Long Way Home" Supertramp Look Closer: Freedom Book Club on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Freedom-Book-Club/189728764133?sk=wall Instead of education: ways to help people do things better By John Holt http://books.google.com/books Freedomain Radio http://www.freedomainradio.com/ Related Posts081: John Holt - Instead of Education (Freedom Book Club Discussion Part 1 of 2)85(Part 1 of 2) On February 26th 2011, I took part in a discussion about ...

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081: John Holt – Instead of Education (Freedom Book Club Discussion Part 1 of 2)

(Part 1 of 2) On February 26th 2011, I took part in a discussion about John Holt's book, Instead of Education. Other participants included Stefan Molyneux, Jake Desyllas, Luke David, Michael Demarco, Thomas Bell, Debbie Harbeson, Ivan Ivanov and Cheryl Hulseapple. Special thanks to Greg for setting up and managing the conference on Skype. Bumper Music: "Logical Song" Supertramp "School" Supertramp Look Closer: Freedom Book Club on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Freedom-Book-Club/189728764133?sk=wall Instead of education: ways to help people do things better By John Holt http://books.google.com/books Freedomain Radio http://www.freedomainradio.com/ Related Posts082: John Holt - Instead of Education (Freedom Book Club Discussion Part 2 of 2)85(Part 2 of 2) On February 26th 2011, I took part in a discussion about John Holt's book, Instead ...

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