Tag Archives: self-directed education

Podcast #284 (Live Show): Education Alternatives Spotlight – Informal University

Picture: Osborne battles Kirk at Church of the Sword. Kirk, the co-creator of the Informal University, joins us to discuss alternative education, Agorism, autonomy, recreation, philosophy and starting a "church." Kirk's other projects include Area 23 and Church of the Sword. Both are discussed in this show. This is an edited version of hour one of the 5-2-14 live show. Co-hosts: Osborne and Carlos. Look Closer: Informal University http://informalu.org/

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Podcast #274: Living and Teaching In Turkey – Listener Discussion

I am joined by a listener named Tony to discuss his public school teaching experience in the Bronx through New York State's version of Teach For America, and his experience and insights living and teaching in Turkey. We also run through a primer on Turkish politics, current events and history. Look Closer: Turkey Fears 'Deep State' Return - http://www.voanews.com/content/turkey-fears-deep-state-return/1874926.html The deep state (Turkish: derin devlet) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_state Secret Warfare: Operation Gladio and NATO’s Stay-Behind Armies - http://www.globalresearch.ca/secret-warfare-operation-gladio-and-natos-stay-behind-armies/5303061

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Podcast #272 (Supplemental): Brett and Ian’s School Spectacular

This supplemental podcast is an edited version Free Talk Live from 3-12-14. Ian and I planned to discuss a reason.com article called Homework Can Turn Your Kid Into a Stressed-Out Wreck, Researchers Say by J.D. Tuccille, but our discussion meanders into numerous school and education-related digressions. Included Topics: -Obedient Teachers -Ending Government School -Anger and Activism -Insane Homework Requirements -Young People Innovating -Compulsory Shakespeare -Common Core Full show:

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Podcast #240 (Supplemental): Brett On Freedom Lovin’ Podcast With Kevin Koskella

My recent conversation with Kevin Koskella, who also hosted one of my all-time favorite shows: Healthy Mind, Fit Body. The first 25 minutes: a personal story and some developments with my former place of employment Discussed with Kevin: 26:52 – Freedom Lovin’ iTunes review 30:23 – School Sucks beginnings 34:24 – Brett’s school experience 35:49 – Wes Bertrand and Logical Learning 37:42 – The problem with school 41:18 – Let’s get rid of school? 43:56 – Intellectual self-defense 48:55 – How do we break out of not thinking for ourselves? 54:52 – Intrinsic motivation 55:47 – The three lessons of school: obedience, conformity, intellectual apathy 57:50 – College loan system 62:18 – Future of government school 69:20 – Making a ...

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218: School Vs. Education – With Jeff Bliss

My conversation with Jeff Bliss, the Duncanville High School sophomore who spoke out against the spirit-crushing and mind-numbing monotony of public schooling. Covered: -Jeff Bliss imposters? -The history and agenda of public school -John Dewey -Ron Paul and media manipulation -John Taylor Gatto -the proper Alex Jones dosage -collectivism and using "we" -the futility of reform -the GED and college Bumper Music: Geto Boys, "G Code (Instrumental)" Look Closer: Jeff Bliss Video: Texas High School Student Demands An Education - http://www.policymic.com/articles/40959/jeff-bliss-video-texas-high-school-student-demands-an-education http://TragedyandHope.com - http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ A SHORT ANGRY HISTORY OF AMERICAN FORCED SCHOOLING - http://4brevard.com/choice/Public_Education.htm The Underground History of American Education, by John Taylor Gatto (Chapter 12 - The Daughters of the Barons of Runnemede, Section 15 - The General Education ...

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Full Video – 209: Terrorism and Other Consequences of Collectivism – With James Corbett

Another long-overdue conversation, this time with James Corbett, RT contributor and host of the Corbett Report: - James discusses his wake-up process - Adam Curtis films: Century of the Self and the Power of Nightmares - Al Qaeda doesn't exist - teaching elementary school in Japan - The pervasiveness of the Prussian Model - Japanese collectivism - MSNBC Promo: children are property of the "community" - Collectivism vs. Individualism - America's history of abandoning personal independence? - Audience Q&A on religion, Molyneux/Wilcutts debate, scientific management of humans Related Posts209: Terrorism and Other Consequences of Collectivism - With James Corbett100Another long-overdue conversation, this time with James Corbett, RT contributor and host of the Corbett Report: Topics: -James discusses his wake-up process ...

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209: Terrorism and Other Consequences of Collectivism – With James Corbett

Another long-overdue conversation, this time with James Corbett, RT contributor and host of the Corbett Report: Topics: -James discusses his wake-up process -Adam Curtis films: Century of the Self and the Power of Nightmares -Al Qaeda doesn't exist -teaching elementary school in Japan -The pervasiveness of the Prussian Model -Japanese collectivism -MSNBC Promo: children are property of the "community" -Collectivism vs. Individualism -America's history of abandoning personal independence? -Audience Q&A on religion, Molyneux/Wilcutts debate, scientific management of humans Full Video: Look Closer: Corbett Report - http://www.corbettreport.com/ Related PostsFull Video - 209: Terrorism and Other Consequences of Collectivism – With James Corbett100Another long-overdue conversation, this time with James Corbett, RT contributor and host of the Corbett Report: - James discusses his ...

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157: Cognitive Bias and Memories of School

Topics: John, a former public school teacher, calls in to discuss his feelings about the distortions in memories of future public school graduates...and teachers. This is an edited version of 8-9-12 show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Co-Hosts: Celestina and Kirk Look Closer: Informal University http://informalu.org/ The Underground History of American Education: A Schoolteacher's Intimate Investigation Into The Problem Of Modern Schooling http://johntaylorgatto.com/underground/ Help School Sucks, Tragedy and Hope and John Taylor Gatto: Enter the coupon code: "SCHOOLSUCKS"

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Full Video – #156: How Do I TEACH My Child? (A Listener Email)

Topics: Cory and I discuss the difference between schooling and education. I read an email from a listener who plans to do home education, but like so many other parents he is uncertain about what to do. This is an excerpt from the 8-2-12 show After School (Sucks) Special. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Bumper Music: "Fire On the Mountain" Grateful Dead (5-8-77 at Cornell University) Look Closer: Trivium Education Trivium Education Home Tragedy and Hope http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend With John Taylor Gatto https://theultimatehistorylesson.com/ The Underground History of American Education: A Schoolteacher's Intimate Investigation Into The Problem Of Modern Schooling http://johntaylorgatto.com/underground/ Tips on Nurturing Your Child’s ...

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156: How Do I TEACH My Child? (A Listener Email)

Topics: Cory and I discuss the difference between schooling and education. I read an email from a listener who plans to do home education, but like so many other parents he is uncertain about what to do. This is an excerpt from the 8-2-12 show After School (Sucks) Special. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Bumper Music: "Fire On the Mountain" Grateful Dead (5-8-77 at Cornell University) Look Closer: Trivium Education Trivium Education Home Tragedy and Hope http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend With John Taylor Gatto https://theultimatehistorylesson.com/ The Underground History of American Education: A Schoolteacher's Intimate Investigation Into The Problem Of Modern Schooling http://johntaylorgatto.com/underground/ Tips on Nurturing Your Child’s ...

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Full Video – 154: School Choice and the Minefield of Educational Politics

Topics: Kate Baker, the Executive Director of The Network For Educational Opportunity, joins me to discuss her battles in educational politics, school choice, the history of compulsory schooling, and parenting. This is an edited version of 7-26-12 show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look Closer: N.H. will request waiver from NCLB http://m.seacoastonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20120722%2FNEWS%2F207220339%2F-1%2FNEWSMAP&template=wapart Network for Education Opportunity http://networkforeducation.org/ A SHORT ANGRY HISTORY OF AMERICAN FORCED SCHOOLING http://4brevard.com/choice/Public_Education.htm The Underground History of American Education: A Schoolteacher's Intimate Investigation Into The Problem Of Modern Schooling http://johntaylorgatto.com/underground/ Help School Sucks, Tragedy and Hope and John Taylor Gatto: Enter the coupon code: "SCHOOLSUCKS"

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138: Cevin Soling – The War On Kids

Cevin Soling, the director of the documentary The War On Kids joins me to discuss the film, his research and the pathologizing of normal youth behavior. Fortunately the 2009 film is now back in the news. Bumper Music: "Living In A Box" by Living In A Box Look Closer: thewaronkids.com Colbert Report http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/256926/november-30-2009/cevin-soling The War On Kids (Trailer)

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127: The Ultimate History Lesson

Today Richard Grove from TragedyandHope.com joins me to discuss his recent film, The Ultimate History Lesson - A Weekend With John Taylor Gatto. From theultimatehistorylesson.com: The Ultimate History Lesson is a 5-hour course, illustrating the cause and effect relationship of how Americans became incoherent, and thus how the American dream has was usurped by an international agenda. When John Taylor Gatto resigned from his job, he did so on the Op-Ed page of the Wall Street Journal. At the time, he was NYC and New York State School Teacher of the Year. The Ultimate History Lesson is presented as a five-hour interview session -memorializing Gatto's research, publications and life experiences- which forms an impeccable resource and reference library of the ...

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124a: Live Show #3, Hour 1 – Top Ten Ways To Annoy Students

This is hour one Gardner Goldsmith's Liberty Conspiracy live show, from February 9th, 2012. The show airs Sunday through Thursday at 10pm EST on the Liberty Radio Network. Topic: Jason Osborne, Dale Everett and I discuss our school experiences in the context of an article called Top Ten Ways to Annoy a Gifted Child . Look Closer: Liberty Conspiracy Website http://libertyconspiracy.com/ Dale's Website - Flaming Freedom http://flamingfreedom.com/

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122: Gaming and Liberty

My guest today is Sydney Roc, the host of Gaming and Liberty Podcast. Our discussion goes in several directions, but it includes a lot of previously unexplored material for this show. Discussed: -SOPA/PIPA -Piracy and Intellectual Property -The Educational Value of Games vs. School -Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation -Military Propaganda in Video Games -Zelda Look Closer: How the Internet blackout affected congressional support for PIPA/SOPA http://boingboing.net/2012/01/19/how-the-internet-blackout-affe.html ReviewTechUSA: RIAA/MPAA: New Tech, Old Tricks Gaming and Liberty Episode 16 – Introducing Games for Change Episode 16 – Introducing Games for Change

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108 (Supplemental): Free Radical Radio With John Kurtz

From freeradicalorlando.com: Free Radical Radio with John Kurtz and Whitcomb Kincaid, Broadcasted Monday thru Friday at 7PM on 810 AM WEUS Orlando’s Real Talk is one of the most unique and informative talk-radio shows on Central Florida Radio. Premiering in September of 2011, this refreshing program breaks away from the typical Conservative – Liberal Paradigm and discusses the issues of the day in a truthful, no holds barred approach. The program has grown a very large following with its in depth and firsthand knowledge and experiences of its hosts, providing an entertaining yet thought provoking radio experience. Free Radical Radio is one of the most active and interactive local Orlando talk shows with a very high volume of call ins, ...

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069: A History Teacher Walks Away…(Addendum)

Addendum: This part was cut out of the conversation but I thought it was worth hearing. 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. Please Vote! Nominations close on November, 21st. Podcast Awards: 2010 Nominations are Now Open! http://podcastawards.com/

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056 (Supplemental): Brett On Liberty Conspiracy With Gardner Goldsmith

My September 2nd, 2010 Discussion With Gardner Goldsmith Topics Covered: -Gardner's Experience Wearing A School Sucks T-Shirt In Public -Explaining the Philosophy of Liberty to "Political" People -The Insanity of Central Planning -The History of Government Education -Keene School Outreach and Related Outrage -Background of School Sucks Project -Vouchers -Redefining Education -Impacts of Indoctrination Bumper Music: "We Want A Rock" They Might Be Giants Look Closer: Liberty Conspiracy Website http://libertyconspiracy.com/ School Sucks Podcast 028 - Let's Make A Hero! (FDR) https://www.schoolsucksproject.com/podcasts/29 School Sucks Podcast 027 - Let's Make A Hero! (Abraham Lincoln) https://www.schoolsucksproject.com/podcasts/28

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054 Keys (Installment #4): Emergence (w/ Erica Goldson)

Imagine a door to complete freedom, abounding opportunity and greater personal satisfaction... Public education is the lock. This is the fourth in a series of non-sequential shows about finding keys. The END of Public Education? END: It's over, irrelevant, useless, needs to be done away with. Considering the time we're living in, this is more true than ever. Critical Thinking Questions: We are told in school that this "education" will open up the world to us and create endless options for our future. So why does it often feel like the world is being closed off and our options are being diminished? Topic: emergence (noun): 1. coming out of, passage out 2. a beginning 3. coming into sight Erica Goldson ...

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044: The True Self Vs. the Fantasy Family

(Kids Are Not Defective Part 2) Topic: After reflecting on the last show, I wanted to explore my family comments a bit more thoroughly. Why do adults jump so quickly to the defense of the authority figures in their lives? Why are so many people resistant to the idea that their childhoods were not exactly great? When and how will the effects of childhood mistreatment reveal themselves? Because they always do. To answer these questions, I briefly channel a "composite character" assembled from many of my past discussions about raising children. Bumper Music: "Hometown Glory" by Adele Look Closer: Freedomain Radio 211: Childhood Prisons http://www.freedomainradio.com/Traffic_Jams/FDR_211_Childhood_Prisons.mp3 Complete Liberty Episode 31 - Authoritarianism and family, getting personal with ethics, battles of the ...

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031 Keys (Installment #2): Leaving Government School

ABOVE: Unlike BF Skinner's "box", used for the operant conditioning of rats, government school does have a way out. Imagine a door to complete freedom, abounding opportunity and greater personal satisfaction... Public education is the lock. This is the second in a series of non-sequential shows about finding keys. The END of Public Education? END: It's over, irrelevant, useless, needs to be done away with. Considering the time we're living in, this is more true than ever. Bumper Music: "Alright" by Maxine Nightengale "Heaven In the End" by Chad Verbeck Topic: Jack is a fourteen-year-old who left government school to educate himself. We discuss the advantages of unschooling, talking to parents about school and politics, and public perception of home ...

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