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April, 2015

  • 26 April

    [PODCAST] #349: Behaviorism, Special Ed, and Self-Esteem – A Discussion With An Awakened Teacher

    Through the years, School Sucks Podcast has been a great outlet for my thoughts, feelings and frustrations about my teaching experience. I had always hoped the show could eventually serve as a forum for other former and active teachers to do the same. Yet, it's rare that I can get an active teacher to talk to me. Then last week, I received this email: Dear Brett, I've been binge-listening to your show since discovering it, and I want to thank you for providing my introduction to libertarianism as well as the fascinating and thoughtful discussions about science, the trivium, and non-violent communication. I am currently a teacher wrapping up my 15th and last year in the field, and I appreciate ...

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  • 13 April

    [PODCAST] #346: Work Outside the System

    This is audio of the foreword I wrote for the second edition of Legally Kidnapped: The Case Against Child Protective Services, by Carlos Morales. Carlos is a CPS whistle blower and a frequent contributor to School Sucks Project. Bumper Music: "Space Wrangler" by Widespread Panic Look Closer: Carlos On YouTube - About Legally Kidnapped - Buy/Review Legally Kidnapped -

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March, 2015

  • 28 March

    [PODCAST] #344: Solving the Health and Fitness Puzzle (with Kevin Geary)

    My second collaboration with Kevin Geary, integrative health coach and founder of Our discussion is built around two emails I received from listeners, each facing different challenges in their quests for health and fitness. WARM-UP: -The origins of EMAILS DISCUSSED: #1: I was listening to your podcast about procrastination and you mentioned your diet. You said that you ate a lot of garbage and came up with excuses on why it is you can't or don't eat well. This resonates with me so much! I was wondering if you had any advice on getting the ball rolling with dietary changes. As someone who is an incredibly picky eater and doesn't know the first thing about what the human ...

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  • 9 March

    [PODCAST] #342: Conformity vs. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem (with Jake Desyllas)

    Jake Desyllas recently invited me on The Voluntary Life Podcast to discuss conformity. Topics covered include: -How conformity to "normal" spending habits prevents people achieving financial independence -Solomon Asch's conformity experiments and what we can learn from them -How conformity can alter your perception -The importance of allies in resisting conformity -The role of privacy in reducing conformity -The danger of conforming to a subculture (and still being a conformist) -How exposure to different views can increase your independence of thought Look Closer: Jake's Site: The Voluntary Life - Asch conformity experiments - Solomon Asch: Opinions and Social Pressure (1955) - Milgram experiment - Neurobiological Correlates of Social Conformity and Independence During Mental Rotation - ...

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October, 2014

  • 10 October

    [BONUS] Podcastmasters’ Liberty Master Class – Live 10-6-14 (Full Video)

    With Brett Veinotte, Gardner Goldsmith and Jason Osborne. Unedited with break chats and after-show discussion. This will also be available as a podcast. Topics: School history through the works of Samuel Blumenfeld and John Taylor Gatto Finding Gatto's primary sources on Internet Archive What is revealed about the reading instruction agenda through the NEA meeting transcripts? How schooling promotes social inequality Thaddeus Russell and historical lenses Objectivity vs. subjectivity The Non-aggression principle

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September, 2014

  • 30 September

    A/V CLUB: After School Sucks Special 9-19-14

    Following the Thaddeus Russell Q&A. With Carlos Morales, Wes Bertrand and Keegan.

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  • 30 September

    A/V CLUB: Full Video – Burt On Puke and the Gang 9-28-14

    My first appearance on Puke and the Gang since May. The full audio version is available at Part One Part Two Break Show Guest - ~ [Name] Burt Vehnurt ~ [About] The School Sucks Podclass Weekly Ramblings - ~ Nick forgot to bring the equipment at his house. Show is cancelled. ~ Andrew goes to PA Curmudgeon Corner - ~ AutoX hates marathoners ~ [p] Apartment ~ Dog vs Cat ~ [p] Grandma sent cash with birthday card. Shove it in your pie-hole - ~ [drink] Henniker Brewing: Amber Ale & Porter ~ [drink] Some beer Ali gave us that we forgot to write down.

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  • 22 September

    A/V CLUB: Full Unedited Video of the “Behold A Dictator” Discussion (Parts 1 and 2), With Thaddeus Russell

    Podcast #297: Behold A Dictator (1 of 2) - The Brains Trust Part 7 in the survey series, A Renegade History Course. This is a live discussion with historian Thaddeus Russell, the author of A Renegade History of the United States. Antigone Darling of Sex, Lies & Anarchy co-hosts. Discussed Today: -Objectivism vs. Relativism -The organic connection between Nazi Germany and New Deal America -What is Thad’s problem with science? -How church and state destroy community -Corporatism parallels between the US, Italy and Germany -Was the New Deal Fascist? -The Brains Trust (FDR) -American eugenics Podcast #305: Behold A Dictator (2 of 2) - Good Taste and Good Breeding Part 8 in the survey series, A Renegade History Course. This ...

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CORE TOPIC - Why does school suck?

John Taylor Gatto

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Peter Gray - Self-Directed Education

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