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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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011: First-Person Plural Pronouns…and YOU

Picture: Most of the people you know (Foreground) Critical Thinking Question: First imagine you live in a neighborhood controlled by a violent gang... What if you started using first-person plural pronouns when discussing the gang and their activities, even though you were not in the gang, you didn't know anyone in the gang, and no one in the gang knew or cared about you? Would this linguistic programming eventually lead to sympathy for the gang's activities? Or resistance to the idea that what they were doing was wrong? Topic: How does training in conformity scale up to collectivism in society? Wes Bertrand joins me to discuss conformity and collectivism (Part 1 of 2) I also talk about Ayn Rand's novelette, ...

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010: (Hidden Lesson Two) The Silencing of the Self

The second episode in a series aimed at detailing and dismantling specific elements of the destructive hidden curriculum in public education. Critical Thinking Question: Consider for a moment the amazing and wonderful diversity of human beings: in thought, ambition, imagination and creativity... Why would certain people want to reduce so many unique individuals to a point where they can easily fit into a uniform and homogeneous group? Topic: The second embedded lesson of public education: Conformity This is what Alexander Inglis called the "Integrating Function" of secondary education. We certainly pick it up in elementary school as well. And who has benefited? “There is no neutral education. Education is either for domestication or for freedom.” -Joao Coutinho Bumper Music: "Steal ...

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009 (Supplemental): Brett On Freedomain Radio

My interview on Freedomain Radio from September 27th, 2009. I've added a quick introduction about the discussion and about my thoughts on Freedomain Radio. freedomainradio.com Freedomain Radio Interview: Brett Veinotte (You Tube) School Sucks Beginner's Guide to Freedomain: (For those who are unfamiliar, some suggestions...) If Episode 7.2, with Daniel Lakemacher, raised some questions about war: True News 10: Soldiers, War and Freedom... (This is the first Freedomain video I saw. I watched it about 10 months ago for the first time, and I've watched/listened at least a dozen times since then. Extremely powerful.) For the "disenfranchised conservative," who recently discovered libertarianism...here's an introduction to consistency: True News 18: Obama's Inauguration - The Antidote For those looking for a new ...

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008: Conformity & Compliance vs. Conscience & Consistency

(Picture: There's that tree I'm always talking about) A personal story about personal responsibility...and liberation from the illusion of virtue associated with obedience and self-sacrifice Critical Thinking Question: How could disobedience to authority save millions of lives? Topic: Daniel Lakemacher (warisimmoral.com) joins me to discuss obedience. He also shares his personal story of how he freed himself (within the last year) from three types of crippling obedience training - public education, religion and military. About Daniel's interview on Antiwar Radio: Daniel Lakemacher, founder of the website WarIsImmoral.com, discusses his conscientious objector (CO) discharge from the U.S. Navy, how the experience of working at Guantanamo and (independently) learning about the libertarian “non-aggression principle” changed his mind about war and justice, the ...

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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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002: Pavement On the Road to Hell…

Critical Thinking Question: What would you think of a person who claimed that they had the ability to make plans for the life of another person who they had never met and didn't know anything about? What if they said they had the ability to make plans for the lives of ten people that they had never met and didn't know anything about? 100 people? 1000? A million? And so on... Topic: Central Planning in Education and Beyond What if people tolerated the same system for their food as they did for their education? Examples of people who did: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USSR http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Chinese_Famine Government school is factory where followers and authority worshipers are made. The American education system was borrowed from the ...

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001: The “Business” Plan

NOTE: 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 of force ? And funded with the use of force ? Maybe something else is going on. Topic: The problem with the "business?" of public education. And it's a big one. (An evaluation of the logic and ethics of the American public education system) Bumper music: "Stitching Leggings" by Kate Nash www.myspace.com/katenashmusic Look Closer: "The Non-Aggression Axiom of Libertarianism" by Walter Block http://www.lewrockwell.com/block/block26.html "The Argument From Morality (Or, how we ...

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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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