Tag Archives: home education

[PODCAST] #539: School Is A Choice – A Conversation With A Real Public School Teacher

Special occasion! Brian Huskie is a public school teacher in New York. He joins me to discuss his discoveries about public school over ten years of teaching, his process of coming to terms with those discoveries, and the solutions he is working to develop. Brian founded a self-directed learning program called Huskie's Heros that we'll discuss in detail in this episode. His website is titled School Is A Choice. He is also the founder of the Albany High/Capital District Refugee Scholarship Endowment, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, and author of A White Rose: A Soldier’s Story of Love, War, and School Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest ...

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[PODCAST] #536: Raising Adults – Why Two Knoxville Radio Hosts Chose Home-Education

(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY THIRTY-SEVEN - NOV 20 - Knoxville, TN) Huge thanks to Keri for organizing (on very short notice) and participating in this event. Sherry and Daniel run the popular Speaking Freely talk show on WETR in Knoxville. They join me to discuss some of the lessons they learned in school and how they each applied those lessons to the home-education/unschooling of their own children. View all shows from School Sucks Across America Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest running liberty-minded podcasts on the web, and the only one completely devoted to the issue of education (versus public school and college). Your support keeps the show ...

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[PODCAST] #533: A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell – Live Interactive Podcast (Part 2 of 2)

(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY TWENTY-NINE - NOV 12 - LOS ANGELES, CA) The final event of Renegade University and School Sucks Project Present A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell. Attendees grab the mic and discuss the following topics: Paul Gibbons Polyamory and the family Marcy and Olivia A mom brings her home-educated 14-year-old daughter from Hawaii to expose her to new and uncomfortable ideas. Stan Tragedy and Hope, The Trivium, technocracy and the future Nick Ulbrick Thad's relationship with Foucault and Freud, and his choices as a writer and historian View all shows from School Sucks Across America Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest running liberty-minded podcasts on the ...

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[PODCAST] #507: Teen Teaches Economics To Teens, With Elijah Johnson

Elijah Johnson launched his Finance and Liberty You Tube channel and website when he was sixteen years old, motivated to teach other teens about Austrian Economics and financial self-defense. Now 21, Elijah is currently finishing up his Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism. Before attending college, Elijah was home-educated in a religious family. We'll talk about the transition between those settings and whether or not Elijah feels college was "worth it." We also discuss: - family and community - home education and religion - is being home-educated a liability when trying to succeed in college? - losing passion for subjects in college - Elijah's goals for his media projects Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or ...

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[PODCAST] #498: Daniel Ameduri – Self-Directed Financial Education

Daniel Ameduri is entrepreneur, investor and the President of Future Money Trends. He joins me today to discuss teenage entrepreneurship, self-directed learning and being a You Tube pioneer. Dan's You Tube Channel: Discussion: - If You Want to Be Rich & Happy Don't Go to School - The influence of Robert Kiyosaki - The college drop-in - School in the way of Dan's learning - Dan's wife left a career as public school teacher to home-educate their children; she had a lot to unlearn - real estate investing and flipping - 10 years ago... Dan takes his warnings of a real estate bubble to You Tube - intellectual dependence exacerbates the financial crisis - The value of college; Dan's advice ...

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[PODCAST] #473: Passion-Driven Education (With Connor Boyack)

Connor Boyack is a home-educating parent and the founder of the Libertas Institute. He joins me today to discuss his book Passion-Driven Education, which is definitely a nice companion piece for the School Sucks Podcast. Discussed: -Tell me your public school origin story... -school is a tool for social transformation -Structure, "assessment" and protection in the home-ed environment -Inquiry over information? -Mitra's Hole In the Wall; Minimally Invasive Education -"hackschooling" -a Star Wars story The Book: HERE Look Closer: Connor's Site - connorboyack.com/blog/ Passion-Driven Education - passiondriveneducation.com/ Libertas Institute - libertasutah.org/ Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at ...

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[SUPPLEMENTAL] #459: SCAMWATCH! With Tom Woods

This is a re-post of my recent appearance on the Tom Woods Show. It's always great to have an opportunity to chat with Tom! Our original plan was to discuss SJWs in higher education but we decided to put that off, so instead it's a potpourri of current "scams." From TomWoods.com - Ep. 777 Three Scams: Higher Education, “More Technology in the Classroom,” and Leftist Comedians Brett Veinotte and I discuss the higher ed scam, the “we need more technology in the classroom” scam, and the leftist comedian scam. Brett Veinotte is the host and editor of the School Sucks Project and podcast. He has worked in private education in various capacities for a dozen years. Recorded 11/3/16 Please Support ...

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School Versus Education?

WOODS: Your podcast – what category is it in in iTunes? Do they have an education category? VEINOTTE: Oh, yeah. There’s actually quite a bit of competition in the education category, because anything that’s like foreign-language instruction or how-to, gets thrown into the education category. I will say, though, that we are the only show that is consistently hitting on schooling versus education and looking at school issues, and not so much delving into all the problems of school like zero tolerance. We did that in the early days of the show and it got pretty tiring. Now we’re spending most of our time talking about what real education is, but also frequently reminding people that schooling, government schooling, is ...

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[CHRISTMAS BONUS] #390: Dropping Out, Home Education, Pop-Culture & Role Models (Brett On Red Ice Radio)

This is hour two of my recent conversation with Henrik Palmgren of Red Ice Radio. Our discussion includes my answers to the following questions: -Your view on dropping out of school. (Plenty of successful people have dropped out of school vs. those who end up in life long debt to get an “education” that in some cases won’t get you anywhere. This would be particularly true in America, I guess). Good idea to drop out, as soon as possible? - The issue of homeschooling (Your suggestions on how to successfully pull this off as a parent if you can’t afford hiring tutors. Do you have any tips? Also do you have any suggestions for those in countries where homeschooling is ...

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[PODCAST] #389: Jordan Page – Home Education, Self-Governance and the Future

Jordan Page joins me in the School Sucks studio for a casual conversation, peppered with intense and musical moments. BIO: Jordan is an American recording artist who performs a mixture of rock and folk music that has captivated audiences all over the US. He is known for headlining at major protests and rallies in support of freedom, peace, and limited government. Jordan has headlined at hundreds of political events since 2008 and is known as a leading voice of liberty in America. Jordan shared the stage with Congressman Ron Paul 18 times on the presidential campaign trail including the Revolution March in 08', the Iowa Straw Poll in 11', and the Sun Dome Rally in Tampa at the RNC in ...

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[PODCAST] #351b: Twelve Arguments For Home Education (2 of 2)

Jeff Till (fivehundredyears.org) is a business owner, School Sucks listener, and home-educating parent. He recently added a well-researched, concise and easily sharable entry to his blog called "A Complete Case for Home Education (54 Arguments)." He joins me today to discuss the following arguments: 7. The argument against peer pressure Conformity training leads to students not wanting to be different and to gain the mass approval of others. This is peer pressure, and it can force kids into behaviors they don’t want and bring feelings of rejection, embarrassment and shame. Home education doesn’t teach conformity and lessens the effects of peer pressure because the groups of people they associate with are voluntary. 8. The argument for creating a diverse network ...

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[VIDEO] Why Home Education? – Free Play and Real Trust

The argument for free play Free play is when children, without external restrictions or guidance, design their own activities and modes of play. It can be wonderful in developing independence, creativity, negotiating skills, interpersonal skills, and fun. School kids live under constant direction and surveillance. Their only opportunity for free play during school are the scraps of time given at recess (unsurprisingly, most kids favorite school-time activity). It seems to be a growing trend for parents to further shorten free play by signing their kids up for organized sports and activities after school and on the weekends, further putting them in another system where they wear uniforms and follow the instructions of an adult. Home education provides much more time ...

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[PODCAST] #351a: Twelve Arguments For Home Education (1 of 2)

Jeff Till (fivehundredyears.org) is a business owner, School Sucks listener, and home-educating parent. He recently added a well-researched, concise and easily sharable entry to his blog called "A Complete Case for Home Education (54 Arguments)." He joins me today to discuss the following arguments: 1. The argument for happiness and for empathy School makes many if not most kids unhappy. They don’t like most of their school work. They don’t like being told what to do every second of the day. They don’t like having to be part of cliques or getting bullied. They don’t like taking tests. They don’t like getting grades. They hate homework. Getting up early stinks. The bus sucks. So does the food. Sometimes parents hate ...

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[PODCAST] #343e: Kate Baker – Education Options, Live Q&A (2015 Liberty Forum)

Part Five in our 2015 New Hampshire Liberty Forum Discussions Kate and I sat down in front of a live audience following her presentation, Moving to the Free State with Children: A Discussion of Education Options in NH. Kate's Bio: Kate Baker is the Executive Director of the Network for Educational Opportunity, an education resource and networking organization and the first organization to implement the NH Education Tax Credit Scholarships. She was a teacher of the performing arts for almost a decade and is passionate about gifted education, charter schools and school choice. Kate is proud to serve on the Polaris Charter School Board of Trustees and has worked tirelessly, on behalf of NH children; starting schools, supporting home schoolers, ...

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[BLOG – HOME EDUCATION] Teaching Writing

Every child is different and you need to find your groove with each one, but I thought I would share with you how I have been teaching encouraging writing with my kids. My oldest was, of course, the first to learn to write. We started when she was around four and a half years old, mostly just teaching the alphabet, naming and showing her the letters. When she would draw she would add little letters here and there, or just scribble lines that were supposed to be words. At that time, we were doing a distance-education program so I felt pressure to “get” my daughter to learn and do things. I spent a lot of time convincing and coercing her ...

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[BLOG – HOME EDUCATION] Professionals, Teach Thyselves

Written by PapaLibertarian Some unfortunate homeschooled kids are upset about having to take remedial math when starting college. I get this – but why do such students not realize that this is also true for about half of those who attended government-provided and -managed and -regulated schools? This is not a reason for micromanagement of home education; it’s a reason for parents and students to take more responsibility. Yes, students. If you are about to enter college, why haven’t you already taken more responsibility for your own education? Why are you asking the government to manage your life? The Internet has been available since about 1992. Kahn Academy has been on Youtube for many years. Libraries have existed for much ...

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[BLOG – HOME EDUCATION ] Teaching Children to Read

How do we teach our kids to read? I am sure this is a common question among parents, and especially among homeschooling parents. I find this question a little redundant. We could just as easily ask, “how am I going to teach my baby to walk?” or, “how am I going to teach my child to talk?” We could stress about these questions and yet we don’t, so why do we let ourselves stress about teaching our children to read? I would say that the best way to teach reading to our children is to provide a rich learning environment, to model reading by reading yourself, and to read to your kids on a regular basis. Make reading a part ...

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[PODCAST] #328: Stoicism Follow-Up Q&A With Bill Buppert

Bill Buppert of zerogov.com returns for some listener Q&A on Stoicism and a few other subjects. Discussed/Answered: - Stoicism and home education - Generating interest in philosophy - Material simplicity - A Stoic approach to personal finances and minimizing debt burdens - De-FOOing, Freedomain Radio call-ins, family and psychotherapy - Stoicism in marriages and family relationships, producing more win-win situations - The Anarchist/Abolitionist Gender Gap Bumper Music: "Wind of Change" - Scorpions "Lessons" - Rush Look Closer: Bill Buppert's Site - http://zerogov.com/ Stoicism 101: A quick guide to the philosophy - http://hackthesystem.com/blog/stoicism-101-a-quick-guide-to-the-philosophy/ Stoicsm Overview - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoicism Why Aren’t More Women Libertarians? - http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/why-arent-more-women-libertarians Mentioned: Battle of the Teutoburg Forest - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Teutoburg_Forest Mentioned: How Dramatically Did Women’s Suffrage Change the Size ...

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[SUPPLEMENTAL] #323: Brett On The Tom Woods Show – Schooling vs. Education

There’s more to education than formal schooling. It’s time to embrace better, more effective, and more humane models of education, says Brett Veinotte. Discussion: -The iTunes Education category -what is real education? -what about learning essential skills? -curiosity and motivation are great teachers -a brief history of the podcast -a doorway into the philosophy of liberty -mistakes homeschoolers make -connecting with other home-educators -education in the Free State Project -what are the obstacles to pursuing home education Look Closer: Tom's Website http://www.tomwoods.com/ Podcast 303: School vs. Education Ep. 303 School vs. Education Tom Woods - Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Woods Liberty Classroom http://www.libertyclassroom.com/ Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Your continued support keeps ...

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[PODCAST] #315b: American Compulsory Schooling – Alternatives and Escapes

ALTERNATIVE ED, INTERVIEW Part 2 of 2 - This is my recent conversation with Joshua Sheats of the popular financial planning site RadicalPersonalFinance.com. Joshua is currently working through a series on education, and he invited me to discuss public school history, agendas, and solutions and alternatives. Our discussion includes: -alternatives to the government school system. -homeschooling rebranded as home education, -voluntary instruction -voucher programs(I'm opposed to the idea of vouchers because I think they can expand state control) -Sudbury Schools -homeschool co-ops -how we can provide for our children's education in as superior a way as possible to set them up for long-term success. -What needs to be practiced, and modeled: Emotional Intelligence -Attributes of Emotional Intelligence -For young children: ...

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Podcast #293: A Valedictorian Reflects On Her Experiences With “Playing School”

With Darrell Becker and his daughter, Cypress Ellen Cypress has probably the most diverse educational and schooling experience of any guest we've ever had. She began in Montessori school, then spent six years in public school. There, she discovered that she preferred home schooling. And after two years at home, she moved on to a "Progressive" schooling environment. Today she joins me and Darrell in the studio to share her experiences and reflections. Look Closer: Darrell's Site: Voluntary Visions - http://voluntaryvisions.com/ Cypress's Art Blog: shortakun - http://shortakun.tumblr.com

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Education Freedom Report 05-13-14: Goddard Schools, Homeschool Fashion Designer

Story 1: An April 30th report released by The California Department of Public Health revealed that 2,500 California Schools are located within 1/4 mile of where pesticides are being heavily used. This is alarming considering A 2010 Harvard study that demonstrated how pesticide exposure doubles a child’s risk for developing ADHD, these chemicals damage the nerve connections in the brain. A Public Health Institute study also found that exposure to pesticides during pregnancy increase a child’s risk of autism sixfold. Latino children are 91 percent more likely than white children to attend schools near fields where these chemicals are being heavily used. A concerned parent in Central Valley community of Plainview, CA, said when kids come out of their school ...

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Podcast #263: The Libertarian Homeschooler – A Discussion With Ana Martin

Today I am joined by Ana Martin, who has built a Facebook following of over 40,000 people at The Libertarian Homeschooler. Discussion Outline: -Were you a homeschooler who found libertarian or vice versa? -What/who led to you to (whichever came first)? -Austrian economics -How does the philosophy of liberty inform your educational environment? -Have you found challenges in developing a consistent philosophy of parenting and education? -Recommendations to parents who are starting to question traditional or compulsory schooling? -How have you incorporated the Trivium?(methods/resources/successes/challenges) -History discussions through the lenses of economics and motivations -Developmental stages (Sayers): Poll-Parrot, the Pert, and the Poetic Look Closer: The Well-Trained Mind - http://www.welltrainedmind.com/ Mises.org - http://mises.org/ T&H Trivium Resources - https://www.tragedyandhope.com/trivium/ The Lost Tools ...

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Podcast #249: Some Small Steps Toward Sovereign Living (with John Bush)

Today we are joined by John Bush of the "Sovereign Living" reality TV series. John and I discuss connecting with the community through gardening, peaceful parenting, home education and self-sufficient/natural living. We also cover the personal and emotional rewards of escaping from politics, the rat race and social media. Enjoy! Look Closer: The Sovereign Living Reality Show - http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-sovereign-living-reality-show The Sovereign Living Blog - http://sovereignliving.com/ Tragedy and Hope - https://www.tragedyandhope.com/ The Lost Tools of Learning, by Dorothy Sayers - http://www.gbt.org/text/sayers.html School Sucks Podcast Series: Presence and Productivity - https://schoolsucksproject.com/category/podcast/presence-and-productivity/ Parents For Liberty - http://parentsforliberty.org/

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208: Whole Parents – With Dayna Martin

A long-overdue conversation with Dayna Martin, author of Radical Unschooling: Topics: -Dayna discusses her family's recent appearance on the ABC reality show, Wife Swap -How do you prepare children for public scrutiny -The Life Rocks Conference -Outreach and advocacy in different situations -Tragic misconceptions about the role of a parent -Nonviolent Communication Look Closer: The Martins On Wife Swap (Full Episode) - http://abc.go.com/watch/wife-swap/SH5539547/VDKA0_lgk9v6h5/avery-lamb--martin Dayna's Site - http://daynamartin.com/ Martin Family Blog - http://thesparklingmartins.blogspot.com/

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