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[VIDEO] Why School Sucks: Conformity

Julia Tourianski joins me to discuss her video, "The Shift: The State of Our Minds and the Mind of the State." Naturally, our conversation veers into a few school topics. This is a clip from podcast #377: The Shift - A Casual Conversation With Julia Tourianski (2 of 2). Check out Julia's site: http://bravetheworld.com/media/

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125: How To Spot A NARC

Picture: There's nothing sexy about hurting peaceful people who commit victimless "crimes." School Sucks Podcast does not support or encourage teenage drug use. However, SSP also does not support or encourage predatory police practices targeting and entrapping high school students. Topic: After listening to a piece called "21 Chump Street" on NPR's This American Life, I was compelled to devote some time to the threat of NARCS and informants infiltrating public schools, with the consent of administrators, of course. Jason Osborne and Dale Everett join me once again, and as Free Staters, we are not strangers to this concern. Jason also produced a video called Never Get Raided, which explains how to identify undercover agents. Bumper Music: "The French Connection ...

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SCHOOL SUCKS: Pronoun Magic! Tips For Aspiring Politicians/Criminals

"We" is a powerful and dangerous word.  And peaceful people should avoid using it when talking about the actions of violent strangers. Imagine you lived in a neighborhood controlled by a violent gang... What if you started using first-person plural pronouns, like "we," "us'" and "our" 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? Is it possible this linguistic programming could eventually lead you to identify with the gang and accepting their activities? Or resistance to the idea that what they were doing was wrong?  What if everybody in the neighborhood started doing this? Based ...

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109: Homeschool Oversight and Regulation?

Laurette Lynn and I discuss homeschooling with Professor Robert Kunzman. From unpluggedmom.com: Dr. Robert Kunzman, associate professor at Indiana University teaches courses related to secondary education curriculum and instruction, including an ongoing seminar in the Community of Teachers Program. Professor Kunzman has conducted independent research on homeschooling. You can review his work on his website. Professor Kunzman’s book Write These Laws On Your Children is also available. While he supports home education as a reasonable option, he does still feel that home ed families should be supervised and subject to standards and regulation by the board of education. It’s for the protection of the children. Now anyone familiar with me and Unplugged Mom already knows that I’m not exactly in ...

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108 (Supplemental): Free Radical Radio With John Kurtz

From freeradicalorlando.com: Free Radical Radio with John Kurtz and Whitcomb Kincaid, Broadcasted Monday thru Friday at 7PM on 810 AM WEUS Orlando’s Real Talk is one of the most unique and informative talk-radio shows on Central Florida Radio. Premiering in September of 2011, this refreshing program breaks away from the typical Conservative – Liberal Paradigm and discusses the issues of the day in a truthful, no holds barred approach. The program has grown a very large following with its in depth and firsthand knowledge and experiences of its hosts, providing an entertaining yet thought provoking radio experience. Free Radical Radio is one of the most active and interactive local Orlando talk shows with a very high volume of call ins, ...

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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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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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083: Seeds (1 of 2) – Small People Can Be Dangerous

(Part 1 of 2) For the last two months, I have been working primarily with younger kids (ages 6-10). While comparing and contrasting these recent experiences to my work with high school students, I gained a fresh perspective on this whole "school sucks" idea. Discussed: -Domination Systems -Crushing...courage, imagination, ambition, individuality -NCLB -Bureaucratic inertia in the tutoring business NOTE: This show was recorded in the car on February 18th and 23rd. Bumper Music: "Sunshine" Timbuk3 Look Closer: Teacher Cuts Off Girl's Braid In Front Of Class Teacher Still In Classrroom After Cutting Girl's Braid FDR1460 Statism and Early Education https://www.schoolsucksproject.com/fdr#fdr1460 How to think like Einstein: Seed Ideas http://books.google.com

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069: A History Teacher Walks Away…(Addendum)

Addendum: This part was cut out of the conversation but I thought it was worth hearing. Topic: Today I discuss collective and authoritarian schooling with a veteran teacher who walked away from the public school setting just four weeks into his new job. Rich Nastro explains why he did this, and what he saw while he was there. Please Vote! Nominations close on November, 21st. Podcast Awards: 2010 Nominations are Now Open! http://podcastawards.com/

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068: A History Teacher Walks Away From Government School (2 of 2)

...quickly PART 2: Is Anyone Learning About Economics In School? Anyone? Topic: Today I discuss collective and authoritarian schooling with a veteran teacher who walked away from the public school setting just four weeks into his new job. Rich Nastro explains why he did this, and what he saw while he was there. We'll Discuss... -The lies of government school history (every crisis is presented as a problem of too much freedom) -Voting -Family to schooling to Citizenship -The success of Government school (in service to evil) -Propaganda: Mixing the good with the evil -If force comes first, it doesn't matter what happens next -Erica Goldson -The National Debt: it's for the children...to pay -Central planning of the economy, the ...

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067: A History Teacher Walks Away From Government School (1 of 2)

...quickly PART 1: Preparation For Citizenship Topic: Today I discuss collective and authoritarian schooling with a veteran teacher who walked away from the public school setting just four weeks into his new job. Rich Nastro explains why he did this, and what he saw while he was there. We'll Discuss... -Literacy and Information Literacy -Public Education and the Welfare State, Failure Reframed As Success -Portrayal of the Public Education System In Film -Introducing Philosophy to the History Cirriculum -Squeeky Wheels Get the Grease -Working with Students From Broken Homes -Day-to-Day living/short-term thinking of abused kids -Preparation for the Economic Realities of the 21st Century -Grades and Diplomas as "Job Tickets," but where are the jobs? Bumper Music: "Pets" Porno For ...

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053: Drapetomania

(Kids Are Not Defective Part 7) Topic: Dr. Bruce Levine joins me to discuss his article, How Teenage Rebellion Has Become a Mental Illness. It turns out that pathologizing or "diseasing" rebellious behavior is not a new trick for those who hold tenuous power over others. Bumper Music: "The Man Who Danced Too Slowly" Baka Beyond Look Closer: Frontline - The Medicated Child How Teenage Rebellion Has Become a Mental Illness by Dr. Bruce E. Levine http://www.alternet.org/health/75081?page=entire The Drugging of Our Children By Gary Null http://www.familyrightsassociation.com/bin/white_papers-articles/drugging_our_children/ Appendix 43 - Drapetomania by Michael Greger, MD and United Progressive Alumni http://upalumni.org/medschool/appendices/appendix-43.html ADHD schoolkids '10 times worse' on Ritalin, dexamphetamine, study finds http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/breaking-news/adhd-schoolkids-10-times-worse-on-ritalin-dexamphetamine-study-finds/story-e6frea73-1225831266819?from=public_rss

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043: Kids Are Not Defective (Introduction)

PICTURED: A listener sent me this example of his son's (first grade) school work, which includes the teacher's thoughts on his exercise of creativity. The introduction to a new series of shows about some other messages forced into the minds of children and young adults. These shows will include topics like medication, parenting, spanking, behavioral "disorders," bullying, "reward" systems and zero tolerance policies. Today, and hopefully someday this will not be the case, childhood and adolescence are not about a process of discovery that eventually leads to the embrace of ideas and beliefs that are chosen by you. Instead, childhood and adolescence are all about a process of training that eventually leads to the acceptance of ideas and beliefs that ...

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040 Keys (Installment #3): Transition

Picture: Pragmatists love charts. Charts that illustrate effects. So here's a chart showing how much government school sucks. It's also pretty representative of all 'services' provided at gunpoint, in terms of cost verses quality. Imagine a door to complete freedom, abounding opportunity and greater personal satisfaction... Public education is the lock. This is the third in a series of non-sequential shows about finding keys. The END of Public Education? END: It's over, irrelevant, useless, needs to be done away with. Considering the time we're living in, this is more true than ever. Critical Thinking Questions: -Why do people accept government education? -Why do people need tangible alternatives? Bumper Music: "The Lonely Bull" Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Topic: Kate ...

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Brett Interviewed On NH Capitol Access TV

About this episode Denis and Lydia interview Brett Veinotte, host of the School Sucks Podcast and creator of SchoolSucksProject.com -- a project concerning, in his words, "the END of public education"Scott is a professional educator who has come to realize that the basic design of public school "sucks" the creative capacity out of children, and also "sucks" wealth away from more productive uses. Related PostsSchool Sucks Radio 5-24-1288This became podcast #145: School Sucks Radio #3 - There's A Whole Real World Out There The theme is recognizing and accessing the whole world that awaits beyond the obedience, conformity and illogic of government school and the college scam.Tags: school, sucks, government, podcast

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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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027: Let’s Make A Hero! (Abraham Lincoln)

(American History F-ed #4) The fourth 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: How compelling could a mythology be if it didn't have any gods? Topic: Honestly, Abe...aggression doesn't solve problems. The truth about the greatest American (government school) hero. Gardner Goldsmith of Liberty Conspiracy Podcast joins me for this discussion. Bumper Music: "The Last Goodbye" Jeff Buckley Look Closer: Liberty Conspiracy Website http://www.libertyconspiracy.com/ The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War | Book Reviews http://eh.net/bookreviews/library/0542 DiLorenzo Is Right About Lincoln by Walter E. Williams http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig2/w-williams1.html It’s Time To ...

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026: American Idol Worship

(American History F-ed #3) The third 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: How does the supposed mistreatment of a piece of cloth by the owner of said piece of cloth become a more serious offense than the violation of the property rights of the owner of this cloth? Topic: The Pledge of allegiance. Enough said. IDOL 1. An image used as an object of worship. A false god. 2. One that is adored, often blindly or excessively. 3. Something visible but without substance. [Middle English, from Old French idole, from Late Latin dlum, from Greek ...

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025: The Way

FOREGROUND: The State BACKGROUND: The Future (American History F-ed #2) The second 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: In school we are led to believe that we are all living in someone's ideal vision of what society should be... But who's vision is it? And what were their ideals? And all things considered, does this even matter? Topic: Truth, justice, and the American way... What is this way? Where does it come from? And where does it lead? The dreaded America/Third Reich...Bush/Hitler...Obama/Hitler comparisons. NOTE: Joseph Goebbels was the Nazi Minister of Propaganda Alternate titles: The ...

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023 (Supplemental): Collective Education, A Listener Email

ABOVE: As you can see, private education is...not necessarily the answer. An issue that I've been meaning to cover for a while: The real difference between private and public schools, or pedagogical lack thereof. After reflecting on more recent business-related trips to schools, I want to make sure I'm not oversimplifying. A listener named Sebastian sent me one of his posts from the Freedomain Radio Boards, which was a big help. Psychologist Carl Rogers' quotation about instructional approach: "To free curiosity; to permit individuals to go charging off in new directions dictated by their own interests; to unleash the sense of inquiry; to open everything to questioning and exploration; to recognize that everything is in process of change—here is an ...

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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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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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