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November, 2010

  • 6 November

    067: A History Teacher Walks Away From Government School (1 of 2)

    ...quickly PART 1: Preparation For Citizenship Topic: Today I discuss collective and authoritarian schooling with a veteran teacher who walked away from the public school setting just four weeks into his new job. Rich Nastro explains why he did this, and what he saw while he was there. We'll Discuss... -Literacy and Information Literacy -Public Education and the Welfare State, Failure Reframed As Success -Portrayal of the Public Education System In Film -Introducing Philosophy to the History Cirriculum -Squeeky Wheels Get the Grease -Working with Students From Broken Homes -Day-to-Day living/short-term thinking of abused kids -Preparation for the Economic Realities of the 21st Century -Grades and Diplomas as "Job Tickets," but where are the jobs? Bumper Music: "Pets" Porno For ...

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October, 2010

  • 31 October

    065: Bureaucrats Are People Too!

    In today's installment, I interview Steve Ressler, founder of the government employee social networking site, and organizer of the Government Doesn't Suck Rally (October 30th, Washington D.C.). I happen to have a show that suggests the government does suck, so I thought we could bounce some ideas off each other. I skipped past a number of arguments and questions to deal specifically with the non-aggression principle. While I thought this would be little more than an amusing discussion, it actually evolved into a larger examination of empathy, forgiveness, and differentiation within the bureaucratic structure. Look Closer: Bob Murphy's Mises Archive Government workers: 'We need love too.' Steve Ressler: Government Doesn't Suck

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August, 2009

  • 16 August

    002: Pavement On the Road to Hell…

    Critical Thinking Question: What would you think of a person who claimed that they had the ability to make plans for the life of another person who they had never met and didn't know anything about? What if they said they had the ability to make plans for the lives of ten people that they had never met and didn't know anything about? 100 people? 1000? A million? And so on... Topic: Central Planning in Education and Beyond What if people tolerated the same system for their food as they did for their education? Examples of people who did: Government school is factory where followers and authority worshipers are made. The American education system was borrowed from the ...

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  • 11 August

    001: The “Business” Plan

    NOTE: This is the second part of a re-recording of the original episode one. My apologies if it temporarily appears out of order in the podcast feed. Critical Thinking Question: Why would something that's so good for us, like public education... need to be imposed on us with the use of force ? And funded with the use of force ? Maybe something else is going on. Topic: The problem with the "business?" of public education. And it's a big one. (An evaluation of the logic and ethics of the American public education system) Bumper music: "Stitching Leggings" by Kate Nash Look Closer: "The Non-Aggression Axiom of Libertarianism" by Walter Block "The Argument From Morality (Or, how we ...

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July, 2013

  • 20 July

    After School Sucks Special (mp3) 7-9-13

    Presentation is important – Listener engagement – Lots of Alex Jones talk – the limitations of documentaries – defusing the educational bomb? – seeing movies with new eyes Related PostsAfter School Sucks Special 7-9-13Tags: defusing, documentaries, limitations, educational, bomb, eyes, movies, talk, jones, presentationAfter School Sucks Special (MP3) 8-30-12Tags: talk, sucks, special, mp, school, a/vAfter School Sucks Special 8-2-13Tags: sucks, special, school, a/vAfter School Sucks Special (MP3!) 3-7-12Tags: movies, mp, special, sucks, a/v, listener, schoolPre-Show 7-26-12Tags: a/v

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  • 20 July

    After School Sucks Special (mp3) 5-23-13

    Unplugged Mom and the trivium - careful with petitions - terror teens update - teen sex - Bitcoin talk – Esperanto vs. Klingon – Marc Maron – Errol Flynn, MGM and other movie trivia – TED Talk: Why You Should Love Government – the future of Game of Thrones – a review of Star Trek: Into Darkness – Lil’ Dicky Related PostsAfter School Sucks Special 5-23-13Tags: talk, game, thrones, future, love, government, review, trek, dicky, lilPre-Show 5-9-13Tags: game, thrones, a/vAfter School Sucks Special (MP3) 8-30-12Tags: talk, sucks, special, mp, school, a/vPre-Show 5-17-12Tags: talk, a/vPre-Show 9-13-12Tags: talk, a/v

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  • 10 July

    Show Prep With Richard Grove and Kevin Cole (History…So It Doesn’t Repeat)

    A/V CLUB Part One (28:25) Part Two (03:43) Related PostsUltimate History Lesson Pre-Show With Richard GroveTags: grove, history, richard, tragedy&hope, a/vFilm Making and History Chat With Richard GroveTags: richard, club, history, grove, a/v[BONUS] THE MASTERMIND – s01e01 – “The Time For Expansion”Tags: richard, grove, cole, kevin, a/v, historyPre-Show 9-11-13Tags: club, a/v, grove, richardFull Video - 239 (Live): Inferential Distance, Parallel Thinking, and 9/11Tags: club, a/v, grove, richard

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  • 4 July

    Independence Day Bonus Live Show (Video)

    Part One: Gratitude for bein' 'merican? - the revolutionary spirit of the Brits - History Lessons (Book) - How is history taught in North Korean schools? Poorly. - 9 things you didn't know about the Declaration of Independence - Amanda BillyRock's Declaration of Personal Independence - Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States Part Two: Q&A with the chat - People in the chat discuss Kokesh loading a gun on video in DC - Osborne's thoughts on Tragedy and Hope - caller: NSA recruiters at the University of Wisconsin - Monsanto and GMOs - Stef's review of World War Z - the supposed limits of racial/ethnic comedy

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CORE TOPIC - Why does school suck?

John Taylor Gatto

CORE TOPIC - What does real learner-driven education look like?

Peter Gray - Self-Directed Education

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