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[PODCAST] #345: Podcastmasters’ Liberty Master Class – Teachers vs. Teacher Unions

Osborne, Gardner Goldsmith and I continue our once-a-month listener participation live show where we discuss our recent shows, projects, challenges, investigations, etc... Discussed: -Osborne's political challenges on the Education Board in the NH House of Representatives -The NEA, its power and its history -Samuel Blumenfeld -the challenges of teachers working within the public system Look Closer: Brett's Show Notes Folder - http://www.evernote.com/l/AK1QvA_EO-9EBZEpQuQ9U76WpSu33QymPV8/ Liberty Conspiracy - http://libertyconspiracy.com/

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[BONUS] Podcastmasters’ Liberty Master Class – Live 10-6-14 (Full Video)

With Brett Veinotte, Gardner Goldsmith and Jason Osborne. Unedited with break chats and after-show discussion. This will also be available as a podcast. Topics: School history through the works of Samuel Blumenfeld and John Taylor Gatto Finding Gatto's primary sources on Internet Archive What is revealed about the reading instruction agenda through the NEA meeting transcripts? How schooling promotes social inequality Thaddeus Russell and historical lenses Objectivity vs. subjectivity The Non-aggression principle

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110: School Sucks At the Movies (#1) – The Cartel

Today we'll discuss sound, the f-word in Christmas songs and a documentary called The Cartel. This film looks at various levels of corruption in the government school system, primarily using New Jersey as a case study. The filmmaker, Bob Bowden supports voucher programs and the expansion of charter schools. Although I have always opposed vouchers as a "solution" to a "problem," the stories in the film got me thinking about this issue in new ways. However, I am still not a proponent of vouchers. Look Closer: The Cartel Website Home An Unfavorable Review of The Cartel http://www.nj.com/entertainment/tv/index.ssf/2009/10/the_cartel_movie_review_docume.html $700 Billion Bank Bailout was Secretly $7 Trillion http://www.whiteoutpress.com/articles/q42011/700-billion-dollar-bank-bailout-was-secretly-7-trillion571/

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099: Teachers Unions 103 – My First Discussion With A Public School Teacher

PICTURE: I show a teacher the most valuable tool of the government school system and the public employee unions. At the end of March 2011, I was lucky enough to encounter a public school teacher who had come to protest the NH budget cuts in Concord, NH. She agreed to a discussion, which lasted about half an hour. Jason Talley was there to film it. Look Closer: Talley TV http://talley.tv/ CD Evolution http://cdevolution.org/ porcfest.com Homepage

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096: Teachers Unions 102 – Fairytale Villages and Rhetorical Bear Traps

The second installment in a series of shows about the teachers and public sector unions, and the recent protests. It would have been nice to skip this topic, but we can't. Discussed: -The Myths of Hoover vs. FDR on economic policy -Presidential "Terribles" and their media challenges/triumphs -The ease of spreading propaganda vs. the challenge of providing context -Manipulation of statistics -Ignorantio Elenchi: the irrelevant conclusion logical fallacy Look Closer:

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090: Teachers Unions 101 – This Is What Hypocrisy Looks Like

An introduction to a series of shows about the teachers and public sector unions, and the recent protests. It would have been nice to skip this topic, but we can't. Discussed: -Angry again -The Wisconsin situation spreads -Students protesting with and for teachers -Public sector union evasion -Voices -Choices -Consistency -The inverse relationship between obvious truth and the need for training Look Closer: Retirement “Education” Behind the Wisconsin Teacher Protests http://www.erollover.com/blogger/Mike-Rowan/wisconsin-teachers-protest-retirement-benefits Child’s Play: Wisconsin Teachers Recruit Their Students to Save Union Jobs http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/260143/childs-play-wisconsin-teachers-recruit-their-students-save-union-jobs-christian-schnei Two-Thirds of Wisconsin Public-School 8th Graders Can’t Read Proficiently—Despite Highest Per Pupil Spending in Midwest Two-Thirds of Wisconsin Public-School 8th Graders Can’t Read Proficiently—Despite Highest Per Pupil Spending in Midwest Wisconsin protesters get children to chant

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084: Seeds (2 of 2) – Bullying, Way Up In the Tree

CHART: Some of the consequences of bullying Topic: This is my commentary on a NH Department of Education bullying seminar. The DoE's plan in a nutshell: If aggression causes aggression, try aggression. Bumper Music: "America Is" Violent Femmes Look Closer: NEA General Counsel Bob Chanin Says Farewell Does Nation's Toughest Anti-Bullying Law Violate the Constitution? http://video.foxnews.com/v/4432282/does-nations-toughest-anti-bullying-law-violate-the-constitution

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