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Latest Podcasts

October, 2020

  • 12 October

    PANARCHY – With Wes Bertrand, Integral Theory Part 3 [PODCAST #680]

    Wes Bertrand is back for our continued exploration of Integral Theory and how to take human consciousness to the next level. We have moved so far in this series from integral theory principles applied to individuals, to organizations, and now to society and "governance." The matrix discussed in the monologue: Today we discuss Bryan O'Doherty's articles Panarchy: The Political Paradigm of an Integral Society and PANARCHY: The Integral Social Matrix Integral theory is largely focused on consciousness studies, psychology, research supported spirituality, and social sciences. Ken Wilber and other integral theorists draw from over 100 separate schools of thought in the fields of consciousness, psychology, meditative traditions, philosophy and sociology. In this series we'll explain the Integral approach to: * ...

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  • 1 October

    Crisis Homeschooling Outreach, With Erin Huffstutter [PODCAST #679]

    I am excited to welcome Erin Huffstutter, a homeschooling mom and School Sucks listener who has just released an extrordinary outreach resource called Crisis Homeschool Handbook: Practical Home Education Through 2020 and Beyond. This un-intimidating book can be read in a day, but Erin has managed to pack in much of the important research, educational philosophy, and practical resources we have discussed on this show for the last decade. Today we'll discuss: - The Legend of Zelda - Why we both initially rejected John Taylor Gatto - Digging into each child’s learning preferences and personality type - Knowing as a parent what homeschooling style best suits your personality and strengths - avoiding homeschool burnout - the great screen-time debate From ...

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September, 2020

  • 23 September

    How Usefully Idiotic Are We? [PODCAST #678]

    Professor CJ returns to discuss the history of divide-and-conquer and divide-and-rule strategies, and as a bonus, how to avoid being what the Russians called a "useful idiot" in one these schemes. Unanimity [literally of one mind] is a sad and dangerous thing on a national scale. But so is a civil war. This year the American people were offered a chance to find common cause in a crisis. But the government and media seemed to encourage them to fight over mask-wearing instead. You remember right? It was right around the time the average person was starting to feel the impact of overreactive lockdown polices. (April and May) And when the mask fight starting getting worn out, surprise! Time for a ...

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Supporter-Only Content

October, 2020

  • 30 October

    [BONUS] The Social Dilemma Quandary (Part 1 of 2)

    A group discussion around (but also beyond) the problems, themes, and possible ulterior motives in the newish Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma.  Part of the Un-iversity Weekly Discussion Group Series A new weekly conversation about applying the lessons and practices of The Ideas Into Action Summit to the chaos of the real world.   School Sucks Project · The Social Dilemma Quandry Part 1 of 2

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  • 22 October

    [BONUS] Information Literacy vs. New York Times Misinformation vs. Russian Disinformation

    A lesson in media literacy: how mainstream media uses facts to counterfeit understanding (audio, 2hr 14min) In three consecutive Un-iversity Monday meetings, we watch, deconstruct, and expand upon a New York Times video series from 2018 called Operation InfeKtion:  Russian Disinformation From Cold War To Kanye.  The series has three parts - 1. Meet the KGB Spies Who Invented Fake News 2. The Seven Commandments of Fake News 3. The Worldwide War on Truth Why are we going back to 2018? This month, Russian disinformation conspiracy theories are back in style. CNN has revived this story line for damage control in the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. While it is too late for most CNN viewers to learn anything, we wanted ...

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  • 5 October

    [BONUS] Tribes and True Believers – With Nathan Fraser

    Note: Picture not accurate in any way (Emotional Manipulators For Hire, Episode 2) Friend, copywriter, marketer, and Facebook World Champion Nathan Fraser and I continue our monthly conversation about marketing and media manipulation. You'll learn more about the tactics politicians and propagandists use against you, and how you can re-purpose such tactics for good. Today: We discuss tribalism and two prophetic books - Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, by Seth Godin and The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, by Eric Hoffer. School Sucks Project · Tribalism and True Believers Sub-Topics Include: - Lizard brain reasons for why we’re tribal creatures - Why the media has become more tribal over the last few decades - ...

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CORE TOPIC - Why does school suck?

John Taylor Gatto

CORE TOPIC - What does self-directed education look like?

Peter Gray - Self-Directed Education

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