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SchoolSucksTV #5: A Freshman Wakes Up and Speaks Out

Drew Demeter joins us to discuss his self-education and his You Tube channel, Teen Take. View and subscribe here: http://www.youtube.com/user/teentake Discussion: - Influences/What inspired you to start this channel? -Alex Jones and Jesse Ventura -What is the school experience like after coming to understand the ideas of liberty? -The pledge of allegiance -The concept of "equality" The podcast version will include our full discussion, which also covers Monsanto and eugenics Related Posts193: A High School Freshman Wakes Up and Speaks Out82Topic: Drew Demeter joins us to discuss his self-education and his You Tube channel, Teen Take. View and subscribe here: Teen Take This is the full audio version of SchoolSucksTV #5 Discussion: -Influences/What inspired you to start this channel? -Alex ...

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115: School Sucks At the Movies (#2) – Charlie Bartlett

Three listeners - Evan, James, and Sarah - join me to discuss the film, Charlie Bartlett. Cast: Tyler Hilton, Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis, Megan Park, Kat Dennings and Robert Downey Jr. Summary: Wealthy teenager Charlie Bartlett (Yelchin) is failing miserably at fitting in at a new public high school run by the world-weary Principal Gardner (Downey, Jr.). As he begins to better understand the social hierarchy, Charlie's honest charm and likability positions him as the resident "psychiatrist" dishing out advice, and the occasional prescription with his partner and fellow student, Murphy Bivens (Hilton), to other students in need. Along the way, he decides to take some of his own advice, find romance, and learn to accept who he is, thus ...

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052: Holes

(Kids Are Not Defective Part 6) Topic: There is a phrase, "hole in the soul," that describes how a person may feel incomplete, unworthy, or dependent on external things. While much of this is probably rooted in family, I believe that school can contribute to one's sense of personal emptiness. This is a long and winding show that covers a valedictorian's brave and moving graduation speech, leading into a discussion of the problems created for all students by the carrots and sticks of school. As Alfie Kohn points out in his book (linked below), even the rewards are a kind of punishment, robbing us of our own purpose and intrinsic motivation. Whether we are the "overachiever" who gets the carrots ...

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047: The Incubator

(Kids Are Not Defective Part 5) Topic: in·cu·ba·tor (noun) 1.An apparatus in which environmental conditions, such as temperature and humidity, can be controlled, providing suitable conditions for a chemical or biological reaction. 2. A place or situation that permits or encourages the formation and development of new ideas Forced Associations Adolescence is plagued by an artificial, society-created extension of childhood dependence. This is time where people can certainly begin to achieve greater self-knowledge and emotionally maturity, unless they're trapped in place that prevents it. There is no escape from the negativity; school is compulsory The Hypocrisy of Adults What's even worse: in this place, some pretty abhorrent behavior is modeled for kids on a daily basis. This behavior violates all ...

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