The Hidden Lessons of School

020: The Hidden Lessons of School (Conclusion)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe concluding episode in a series aimed at detailing and dismantling specific elements of the destructive hidden curriculum in public education. Critical Thinking Question: What if the only thing we really learn in school is...how to get through school? And what if, for too many of us, that is actually one of the most destructive things we can possibly learn? Topic: A review of what I consider to be the three foundational lessons of public education. These are the most destructive to the individual. I go to Jonathan Taylor Gatto for reinforcements. I also recount my recent visit to three New Hampshire public schools. And some jibba-jabba about the show. Bumper Music: "Another Brick ...

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017: The State’s Facade of Honor and Benevolence

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCritical Thinking Question: What's it hiding? What jumps out from behind that facade to confront people who are not obedient and apathetic? (It's not pretty) Topic: Kat Kanning (newhampshirefreepress.com) joins me to discuss the opposites of indifference and apathy: activism and civil disobedience. Bumper Music: "How Come" Ray Lamontagne http://www.raylamontagne.com/ Look Closer: The NH Free Press http://newhampshirefreepress.com/ The Free State Project: Liberty In Our Lifetime http://freestateproject.org/ Free Talk Live: 100% Pro-Liberty Talk Radio freetalklive.com/ Free Talk Live: The Boards bbs.freetalklive.com/ Free Keene - New Hampshire's Liberty Activist Destination freekeene.com/ OTN-Obscured Truth Network youtube.com/user/obscuredtruth Ridley Report: Don't get mad. Get video. ridleyreport.com/ Liberty Radio Network libertyradionetwork.com/ Free Minds Radio and TV www.freemindsmedia.org/ Liberty Scholarship Fund: ...

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016: Working Against Apathy

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCritical Thinking Question: Simply put, what have my work experiences revealed about public education? Topic: I record a podcast while driving a car. During the drive, I ponder a couple of important professional questions, veer off course (podcast-wise), channel Stewie Griffin, and discuss what I think the real job of an "educator" should be. My Embedded Curriculum: (Within Mainstream Tutoring Services) -Logical Reasoning -Critical and Creative Problem Solving -Revival of Childhood Curiosity -Building Positive Relationships with Adults Who Are Potential Mentors -A Healthy and Persistent Skepticism of Authority and Tradition (social, cultural & mystical) -Intellectual Confidence -Ethical Consistency Bumper Music: "Head Over Heels" Tears For Fears Click Here To Watch A Rad 80s Video! ...

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015: (Hidden Lesson Three) The Installation of Indifference

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe third episode in a series aimed at detailing and dismantling specific elements of the destructive hidden curriculum in public education. Critical Thinking Question: What happened to... "why?" Topic: The third embedded lesson of public education: Apathy and Indifference If the training in obedience and conformity doesn't properly sink in, or doesn't last throughout a person's life, this lesson provides a nice safety net for the status quo. “There is no neutral education. Education is either for domestication or for freedom.” -Joao Coutinho Bumper Music: "Got A Right To Be Wrong" Joss Stone http://www.jossstone.com/ Look Closer: CNN: How Stupid Are Americans? Freedomain: The Money That Is Sold Abroad Is You! George Carlin - Education ...

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012: Why the Future Won’t Be Like 1984

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCritical and Creative Thinking Exercise: Imagine a free world... Topic: Wes Bertrand and I continue our discussion about conformity and collectivism. Wes touches on the impact of the family in conformity. (Part 2 of 2) This episode also includes some discussion about self-esteem, self-worth, and honoring the imagination and individualism of others. (NOTE: I have to apologize for a few snaps, crackles and pops; I was experimenting with a different call-recording process) Bumper Music: "Who Are You" The Who http://www.thewho.com/ Look Closer: Complete Liberty: The Demise of the State and the Rise of Voluntary America by Wes Bertrand http://completeliberty.com/contents.php Imagine A Free World (From Complete Liberty) http://completeliberty.com/chapter4.php#91 Complete Liberty Podcast http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/ Apple - 1984 ...

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011: First-Person Plural Pronouns…and YOU

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPicture: Most of the people you know (Foreground) Critical Thinking Question: First imagine you live in a neighborhood controlled by a violent gang... What if you started using first-person plural pronouns when discussing the gang and their activities, even though you were not in the gang, you didn't know anyone in the gang, and no one in the gang knew or cared about you? Would this linguistic programming eventually lead to sympathy for the gang's activities? Or resistance to the idea that what they were doing was wrong? Topic: How does training in conformity scale up to collectivism in society? Wes Bertrand joins me to discuss conformity and collectivism (Part 1 of 2) I ...

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010: (Hidden Lesson Two) The Silencing of the Self

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe second episode in a series aimed at detailing and dismantling specific elements of the destructive hidden curriculum in public education. Critical Thinking Question: Consider for a moment the amazing and wonderful diversity of human beings: in thought, ambition, imagination and creativity... Why would certain people want to reduce so many unique individuals to a point where they can easily fit into a uniform and homogeneous group? Topic: The second embedded lesson of public education: Conformity This is what Alexander Inglis called the "Integrating Function" of secondary education. We certainly pick it up in elementary school as well. And who has benefited? “There is no neutral education. Education is either for domestication or for ...

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008: Conformity & Compliance vs. Conscience & Consistency

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(Picture: There's that tree I'm always talking about) A personal story about personal responsibility...and liberation from the illusion of virtue associated with obedience and self-sacrifice Critical Thinking Question: How could disobedience to authority save millions of lives? Topic: Daniel Lakemacher (warisimmoral.com) joins me to discuss obedience. He also shares his personal story of how he freed himself (within the last year) from three types of crippling obedience training - public education, religion and military. About Daniel's interview on Antiwar Radio: Daniel Lakemacher, founder of the website WarIsImmoral.com, discusses his conscientious objector (CO) discharge from the U.S. Navy, how the experience of working at Guantanamo and (independently) learning about the libertarian “non-aggression principle” changed his ...

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007: (Hidden Lesson One) – Obedience Is A Virtue?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe first in a series of episodes aimed at detailing and dismantling specific elements of the destructive hidden curriculum in public education. Critical Thinking Question: Why is obedience to authority actually the opposite of virtue? Topic: An experience I had with students last Saturday led to a web of ideas about the problem of obedience training and about the philosophical path toward the solution... The effect of this obedience training on 3 Values: Reason, Purpose and Self-Esteem “There is no neutral education. Education is either for domestication or for freedom.” -Joao Coutinho Bumper Music: "Obedience" Christian Song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKxOaGLTPTM "Slaves!!!" Wunder Showzen Clip (at 1:51) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdL2jiM601U Look Closer: The Night Is Dark and I Am ...

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006: Conformity & Compliance

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(Introduction to the Hidden Lessons of School) Critical Thinking Question: Imagine a very small group people trying to exercise power and control over a very large group of people. How dangerous would this situation be for the small group if they lacked the tools to control the thinking of people in the much larger group? Topic: Introducing the three aims of public education: blind obedience, assimilation, and the surrender of self-ownership The Matrix and Plato's Allegory of the Cave What if the Hokey Pokey IS what it's all about? Bumper Music: Psychostick "Hokey Pokey" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKZZ7ed7vXY Look Closer: The Matrix and the Cave John Taylor Gatto: Schooling is not Education "AGAINST SCHOOL: How public education ...

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