Tag Archives: learn logic

080: Persuasion, Prussia, and the Purpose of Education (SAT Writing Class Rant)

PICTURE: Friedrich Nietzsche had eyebrows, mustaches, and ideas that all eventually grew out of control. In my SAT class last Saturday (2-19-11), a student pulled out an interesting essay question: "Is the purpose of education to change the world?" At this point, I was compelled to tell a story. Bumper Music: "Room At the Top" Adam Ant Look Closer: Nietzsche's Superman https://www.msu.edu/user/bradle45/nietzsche.htm The Übermensch and the Nazis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%9Cbermensch AGAINST SCHOOL: How public education cripples our kids, and why, By John Taylor Gatto http://www.spinninglobe.net/againstschool.htm Society and the Individual in Nietzsche's The Will to Power http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/travis_denneson/power.html

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070: What You’ve Been Missing!

Today's guests are Richard Grove, Jan Irvin, and Paul Verge: three friends, independent media creators, collaborators, and School Sucks listeners who have teamed up to produce a new You Tube series called What You've Been Missing. From Tragedyandhope.com: What You've Been Missing was created to fill the massive gap created by corporate media, between itself and reality. A virtual variety show with a point, WYBM helps you learn how to outgrow the status quo; through a systematic process of critical thinking supplemented with comedy. In addition to discussing this superb new project, we also explore the lost art of real learning and critical thinking, self-esteem, the deceptive power of language, and the people who lurk in the shadows of state ...

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048 (Supplemental): The Catastrophe of Conventional Wisdom

A Free State Project Edition of School Sucks Podcast Due to my Porcfest vacation, new shows are not ready yet. In the meantime, here is the audio version of my speech from the 2010 NH Liberty Forum, "The Catastrophe of Conventional Wisdom." I'm pretty sure most people who listen to the show have not heard it yet. I also include some thoughts on my recent experience at the 2010 Porcupine Freedom Festival. Bumper Music: "The Wings" Gustavo Santaolalla Mentioned: Fully Informed Jury Association Silver Circle Movie http://www.silvercirclemovie.com/ Larken Rose Website http://www.larkenrose.com/ George's Famous Baklava http://mandrik.com/ Chartarum, A John Shaw Film http://www.chartarum.com/ Obscured Truth Network http://www.youtube.com/user/obscuredtruth FSP/Porcfest http://www.freestateproject.org/festival The Motorhome Diaries http://motorhomediaries.com/ The Free Agents Network http://www.fr33agents.com/

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041: The Natural State? (American History F-ed, Conclusion)

(American History F-ed, Conclusion) The eighth (and final) installment in a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: Imagine if we all woke up tomorrow and all government was just...gone. What's the worst thing that could happen? And how would statists feel about this most catastrophic outcome? The answer might surprise you. Topic: The three most persistent myths throughout history: 1. The State is essential for the survival of the human race 2. Slavery is essential for the prosperity of all societies reliant upon agriculture 3. God and religion are essential for establishing morality Two down, one to go. ...

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035: Problem. Reaction. Solution.

(American History F-ed #7) The seventh installment in a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: Statism appears to be only example of a system of ongoing attack and predation where the aggressors seem to be more fearful of victims than the victims are of the aggressors. How do the aggressors manage these fears? Topic: An email from a listener gets me thinking about conspiracy theories. We'll divert our attention from the roots of the tree I like to think we're chopping at, to jump down a nearby rabbit hole. Let's see where it takes us! -Vietnam -Iraq and ...

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034 (Supplemental): Cary Grove Student Discussion/Debate

ABOVE: Cary-Grove High is home of the "Trojans" and I've included the horse because we talk about government school. Topic: A recent discussion with Michael, a high school junior from Illinois, and a couple of friends named James. One James took a pro-government school position, and I took objection to that. Most of the discussion is between James and myself. Bumper Music: "Don't Talk To Strangers" Rick Springfield 80s Douche Look Closer: The Nazi Comparison http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/05/the-nazi-comparison.html Comparing U.S.A. to Nazi Germany http://www.angelfire.com/az/sthurston/comparison.html "Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen http://sundown.afro.illinois.edu/liesmyteachertoldme.php Quantum Shift TV: The underground history of North American education http://www.quantumshift.tv/v/1198046178/ CBS: Parents arrested for failing to register home-schooled kids http://www.cbs6albany.com/articles/district-1269895-school-county.html Jason Osborne's Movie "Chartarum" (Teaser)

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029: The War On Fire

(American History F-ed #6) The sixth installment in a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: What would you think if you saw an arsonist running back to the scene of their crime moments later...with a fire hose? Topic: Ian Freeman of Free Talk Live joins me to address the myth that government solves problems. We explore the phenomenon of unintended consequences, using the so-called 'war on drugs' as a case study. The Formula: ...the use of force leads to perverse unintended consequence leads to new problem leads to demand for government action leads to the use of force ...

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