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The Honest Teacher Speaks (Part 2 of 2) [PODCAST #644]

A long and long-overdue chat with the man behind the popular (15K followers) Facebook page, The Honest Teacher. The discussion is split into two parts, so make sure you saw part one! Today we discuss - how labels disable (continued) - writing IEPs and executive functioning issues - how Common Core cronyism connects to my conversations with Dave Smith and Pete Quinones from last week - remediation as it was discussed in the Outcome-Based Education revelations of Peg Luksik - where's it at now? - unprecedented teacher turnover: why it's happening and what it means for students - an expansion on why The Honest Teacher uses the phrase "Orwellian nightmare" - What is the mission and the future of The ...

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The Honest Teacher Speaks (Part 1 of 2) [PODCAST #643]

A long and long-overdue chat with the man behind the popular (15K followers) Facebook page, The Honest Teacher. The discussion will be split into two parts, so check back Wednesday! Today we discuss where critical thinking actually exists in schools, why standards get lower and lower, color sticks (wait til you hear about these), the stress of real-time grade-awareness, the Orwellian world of student monitoring, and the politics of labeling students as defective. The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Visit sspuniversity.com/ideasintoaction to learn more about the presenters, topics, bonus materials and encore presentation. Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest running liberty-minded ...

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With Every Turn of the Screw… (with Pete Quinones) [SUPPLEMENTAL #642]

Today's show is a followup to the previous conversation with Dave Smith - a deeper level of exploration of the history of school, covering a longer period of time, and showing the progression of control over the public mind. (Edited Audio from Brett on Free Man Beyond the Wall) Pete's question: what you believe is the biggest conspiracy behind turning the schools into the indoctrination centers they are today? It's hard to pick just one. A STORY OF INCREASING LEVERAGE OF SCIENTIFIC MANAGERS (AND BOILED FROGS) 1840s-1930s - Mandatory public education in America began as part of a quest for a perfect society with the Puritans in Massachusetts who were seeking a religious utopia - Prussian system replaces the predictability ...

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Toxic Profession – Why This Is Jonathan Carroll’s Last Month of Teaching [PODCAST #611]

My guest today is Jonathan Carroll, a history teacher and a 20-year veteran of Florida's public schools. Jonathan's recent viral Facebook resignation post has made national news, and has inspired messages of appreciation from educators around the world. In his April 30th post he says that teaching has become a "toxic profession" because of numerous factors, several of which we've discussed on School Sucks for many years. While the point of this conversation is connection, and to let Jonathan tell his story long-form, I did need to ask if the compulsory nature of schooling could have produced anything other than toxic outcomes for far too many students and teachers. Special thanks to Jonathan for his commitment, courage to speak out, ...

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