Tag Archives: self-directed education

023 (Supplemental): Collective Education, A Listener Email

ABOVE: As you can see, private education is...not necessarily the answer. An issue that I've been meaning to cover for a while: The real difference between private and public schools, or pedagogical lack thereof. After reflecting on more recent business-related trips to schools, I want to make sure I'm not oversimplifying. A listener named Sebastian sent me one of his posts from the Freedomain Radio Boards, which was a big help. Psychologist Carl Rogers' quotation about instructional approach: "To free curiosity; to permit individuals to go charging off in new directions dictated by their own interests; to unleash the sense of inquiry; to open everything to questioning and exploration; to recognize that everything is in process of change—here is an ...

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021 Keys (Installment One): The Decentralization of Information & Communication

Above: If this picture isn't disturbing enough, read the article that goes with it. Imagine a door to complete freedom, abounding opportunity and greater personal satisfaction... Public education is the lock. This is the first 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: "Free" by Phish Topics: -What has changed in the last two decades? -Taking technological advancement for granted -Facebook -Wikipedia in High Schools -Alec Muller and Daniel Royer of Alekese.com join me to discuss the history of information control, the impact of technology on information & communication, ...

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020: The Hidden Lessons of School (Conclusion)

The 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 John 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 In the Wall" by Pink Floyd ...

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019 Supplemental: The Civil Disobedience Onion (Peeling Layer One)

Wes, Daniel and I continue our discussion, switching to the topic of civil disobedience. This topic will be an open forum in the near future. If you want to come on the show and discuss it, please let me know. Bumper Music: "Keystar" by Munchausen by Proxy (Zooey Deschanel) http://zooey-deschanel.us/ Mentioned: Episode 9.3: The State's Facade of Honor and Benevolence http://schoolsucks.podomatic.com/entry/eg/2009-11-22T04_30_34-08_00 Wes Bertrand's Site, Complete Liberty http://completeliberty.com/ Daniel Lakemacher's Site www.warisimmoral.com/ Spooner vs. U.S. Postal System by Lucille J. Goodyear http://www.lysanderspooner.org/STAMP3.htm The Civil Rights Laws & The Growth of Government by by Harry Browne http://www.harrybrowne.org/WGDW/CivilRights.htm Please Vote For School Sucks Podcast On Podcast Alley Click Here

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018 (Supplemental): Caribbean Holiday Spectacular!

Another loose and unorganized non-episode installment of School Sucks. Wes Bertrand and Daniel Lakemacher join me to discuss my recent travels... -Pirate Paranoia -Did I participate in a voluntary society? Sure felt like it, but not really -US Customs and the TSA -My wonderful interactions with a very inquisitive three-year-old boy -Homesteading on the sea and the "Freedom Ship" -State predations on the cruise industry? During the 15 minutes I had access to the internet on my trip, I learned that many people had objected to my support of the Keene civil disobedients and FSP activists. In the second part, we'll discuss our thoughts in more detail, and I'll extend an open invitation to anyone who wants to share their ...

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016: Working Against Apathy

Critical 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! Look Closer: John Holt's Website http://www.holtgws.com/ ...

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014 (Supplemental): Expansion & Activation

Above: 80s Teen Movie Antagonist William Zabka (This will make sense when you're done listening) An update on the future of the show... -Donations -Redesigning the website -Setting up a forum -Let's have a logo contest! (For people who don't care too much about winning big prizes) -Activism and incorporating that into the show as well -The next bump? Also... -Daniel Lakemacher's visit to NH -Ofer's incredible efforts -My failure to connect with public school teachers on these topics Bumper Music: "Random Topic" by Jason Mraz and Bushwalla http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B0ul4jtZlM Also discussed: Buy Wes Bertrand's Book, Complete Liberty: The Demise of the State and the Rise of Voluntary America http://stores.lulu.com/wbertrand Donate to Freedomain Radio (Stefan asks for a donation of $.50 ...

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013 (Supplemental): Brett On The Peter Mac Show

My interview on The Peter Mac Show from October 10th, 2009. I've added a quick introduction about the discussion and my "performance." Note: Because of the length, I've uploaded the MP3 at a lower bit rate (64 kbps). Please let me know if this is intolerable. Peter's Bio: Peter is a former math professor turned entrepreneur. He swims, works outs regularly, and occasionally competes in U.S. Masters Swimming. His interest in freedom, government, and current events caused him to launch The Peter Mac Show in 2001, which ran for over five years. He is thrilled to be back on the air with The (new) Peter Mac Show. Website: http://www.petermacshow.com/ To Stream His Show: http://www.libertynewsradio.com/ Mentioned In Our Discussion: Complete Liberty ...

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

The 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 Far from Home by Jonathan Kozol ...

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006: Conformity & Compliance

(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 cripples our kids, and why" By ...

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005: Authoritarian Absurdities vs. The Philosophy of Liberty

A Young Person's Guide to Politics III(Conclusion) Critical Thinking Question: WHO is the owner of YOU? Topic: A comparison between a cluster of degrading and crippling ideas (referenced throughout the show as the "Authoritarian Absurdities") which I believe are prerequisites for embracing the political process and...The Philosophy of Liberty, based on the principles of self-ownership and property rights. A brief discussion of popular rationalizations for these absurdities and my rebuttals. Bumper Music: Steve Winwood "Different Light" http://www.stevewinwood.com/ Look Closer: The Philosophy of Liberty (Video) By Ken Schoolland and Lux Lucre More About Ken Schoolland http://www.jonathangullible.com/ Hans Hoppe: The Economics of World Government (Audio) http://www.lewrockwell.com/podcast/?p=episode&name=2009-08-18_130_the_economics_of_world_government.mp3 Hans-Hermann Hoppe: Archives (Past articles by Hans-Hermann Hoppe on LewRockwell.com) http://www.lewrockwell.com/hoppe/hoppe-arch.html Democracy: The God That Failed ...

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000: An Introduction to School Sucks Podcast

Introduction: Explanation of the title, "School Sucks" and subtitle "The END of Public Education" Who I am, what I'm doing and why. This is not a show about public school reform, because that would suck nearly as much as school. Bumper music: "Troublemaker" by Weezer Look Closer: School Sucks Website Click Here Related Posts001: The "Business" Plan77NOTE: 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…Tags: education, public, music, closer, liberty, bumper, podcast, school, sucks, politics

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