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School Sucks
Indoctrination + Regurgitation + Graduation ≠ An Education
Category: Education
Location: Manchester, New Hampshire
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My name is Brett and I have worked in education for the last ten years, in a variety of capacities. I am currently the Vice Pre...


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November 28, 2016 07:00 AM PST
Episode 462 is split into two parts. Today's discussion uses the book Thinking, Fast and Slow to identify some heuristics and mental shortcuts common in Alt-Right thinking. They include: 1. Confirmation Bias 2. Cognitive Ease 3. What You See Is All There Is 4. Halo Effect 5. Coherent Stories Then some more unstructured commentary (ranting) on immigration, intelligence testing, multiculturalism and identity politics. What This Series Is About: Political thinking is often quick thinking. Thinking quickly is is an evolution-driven feature that was once necessary for our survival. But in a vastly more complex world than the one our species grew up in, this mode of thought is often dangerous and destructive. Look around. Sometimes some people, even libertarians, use mental shortcuts to arrive at faulty conclusions, and then engage in a process of rationalization for those conclusions. This series will combine observations of the left and pro-Trump right over the last year with the valuable lessons from Daniel Kahneman's book Thinking, Fast and Slow. The goal is utilize examples of thinking errors to avoid making them ourselves, often without even noticing. INCLUDED: -Trevor Noah speaks our philosophical language? -Andrew Breitbart's warning -The Bell Curve is not the Bible -What do SJWs and Alt-Righters have in common? Too much -Enough Hegel already -Lessons from A Renegade History of the United States -A response to Richard Spencer's American Policy Institute speech -Demography is destiny? Related Shows: Podcast #285: Where Do White People Come From? (with Thaddeus Russell) Podcast #279: Some Abolitionists Thought Slaves Were Too…Free? (with Thaddeus Russell) [PODCAST] #448: The Alluring Alt-Right (With Jeffrey Tucker) [BONUS] The 16 Principles of the Alt-Right – Where I Agree and Disagree Look Closer:

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November 19, 2016 04:05 PM PST
What is wrong with John Oliver? What's wrong with Donald Trump? What's wrong the anti-Trump anti-reality protestors? What was wrong with me the other day when I suddenly felt impelled to hatch a conspiracy theory about Trump's election being part of a "larger plan" with no evidence? What's wrong with an alarming number of the interactions in School Sucks Facebook group lately? Political thinking is often quick thinking. Thinking quickly is is an evolution-driven feature that was once necessary for our survival. But in a vastly more complex world than the one our species grew up in, this mode of thought is often dangerous and destructive. Look around. Sometimes some people, even libertarians, use mental shortcuts to arrive at faulty conclusions, and then engage in a process of rationalization for those conclusions. This series will combine observations of the left and pro-Trump right over the last year with the valuable lessons from Daniel Kahneman's book Thinking, Fast and Slow. The goal is utilize examples of thinking errors to avoid making them ourselves, often without even noticing. OPENING: John Oliver blows up 2016 - an analysis. DISCUSSION: -Tom Woods: Don't waste Your Breath Reasoning With the left -Rules For Radicals: learn to take advantage of mental shortcuts -Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman -Heuristics -System One: thinking that operates automatically, intuitively, involuntary and almost effortlessly -System Two: thinking that requires slowing down, deliberating, reasoning, computing, focusing, considering other data Look Closer:

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November 15, 2016 08:49 AM PST
My guests today are Skinner Layne and Moritz Bierling. Skinner is the founder of Exosphere Academy and Moritz is the Director of Research. These two help to exemplify what I hope more and more of what SSP will be about in the coming years - discussions about how to actually build institutions and movements in education that become un-ignorable, desirable and perhaps even increasingly irresistible alternatives to the failing systems. Exosphere Academy - "a learning and problem solving community features 2-day traveling workshops and an 8-week residential program to learn new skills, build exciting projects with other dynamic people, and jumpstart your new life & career." DISCUSSION: -lifestyles, attitudes, that support the development of those institutions and movements. -the philosophy behind Exosphere -A Letter to the Blockchain Community: "Until this community takes seriously the task of building durable, adaptive, and just institutions that assist regular people in navigating the uncertainties and hardships of life, it will remain at the fringes of society." MISSED OPPORTUNITIES -Most people go through life, confronted with complex and sometimes harrowing economic, social, medical, political problems and they assure themselves "the best minds are working on it." Without any knowledge of the bureaucratic challenges that hinder said institutions, especially in the sciences. SKINNER AT TEDx -Wasted genius and the infinite game -Creative genius being wasted -Finite Game (end) vs Infinite Game (keep the game going) -schooling systems play the finite game - winners and losers -over supply of great minds but selective and elite institutions -so redesign education as an infinite game -Result of the current system is that people often bring childish attitudes into adult things TRANSITION TO STRATEGIES AND SKILLS FOR THE CREATIVE ECONOMY "The coming job apocalypse is actually good news. It means you have the opportunity to take control of your life and set its own direction. Embracing the unknown, dedicating yourself to learning new skills, and reinventing yourself for the Creative Economy is a more exciting and fulfilling way to spend life than showing up every day to a job you hate, no matter how safe it may feel." – Skinner Layne, Founder of Exosphere Look Closer: Exosphere Academy - http://exosphe.re/

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November 12, 2016 09:59 AM PST
This is a re-post of my recent appearance on the Tom Woods Show. It's always great to have an opportunity to chat with Tom! Our original plan was to discuss SJWs in higher education but we decided to put that off, so instead it's a potpourri of current "scams." From TomWoods.com - Ep. 777 Three Scams: Higher Education, “More Technology in the Classroom,” and Leftist Comedians Brett Veinotte and I discuss the higher ed scam, the “we need more technology in the classroom” scam, and the leftist comedian scam. Brett Veinotte is the host and editor of the School Sucks Project and podcast. He has worked in private education in various capacities for a dozen years. Recorded 11/3/16

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November 09, 2016 02:27 PM PST
"Election livestream?! Conformist." Maybe more like a multi-topic hangout loosely inspired by the fact that an election was taking place in the background. Our goal was to provide some sanity on election night, but unfortunately we would ultimately be overtaken by the complete, unavoidable insanity of the night and morning. Thanks again to Kevin Geary and Gardner Goldsmith for their endurance. DISCUSSION: -Exit polls: strong leaders are the top voter priority? -Voting as moral sanction -Wikileaks: signal to noise ratio was too low -If Donald Trump was a Democrat...oh wait -Kevin predicted Trump - misleading polls vs. actual engagement -George Soros -Much, much, much more... Look Closer: Kevin Geary - http://kevinmichaelgeary.com/ Gardner Goldsmith/Libery Conspiracy - http://libertyconspiracy.podomatic.com/

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October 25, 2016 05:27 AM PDT
Reviving the Branden/Edelstein Self-Esteem Debate: Wes and I are joined by Dr. Michael R. Edelstein, an outspoken long-time critic of the concept of self-esteem and self-esteem movements in psychology. One of our goals for this conversation is to persuade Dr. Edelstein to revise or perhaps even remove criticisms of Nathaniel Branden's work from his otherwise valid critique of the self-esteem movement. Important Background Links: 1) The Trouble With Self-Esteem, by Michael R. Edelstein - http://genteman.org/edelstein.html 2) What Self-Esteem Is and Is Not, by Nathaniel Branden - http://www.nathanielbranden.com/what-self-esteem-is-and-is-not An interesting exchange from a Q&A at the Capitalism and Morality Conference - https://youtu.be/pMHFGfVnZQ0?t=45m10s 3) The Edelstein/Branden Email Exchange 2000-2001 - http://genteman.org/self.esteem.html 4) Q&A From Michael Edelstein's Talk, "Why Ayn Rand's Self Esteem is Unreasonable" From the Capitalism and Morality Conference - https://youtu.be/pMHFGfVnZQ0?t=45m10s Look Closer: Dr. Edelstein's Website - http://threeminutetherapy.com/ Wes Bertrand's Website - http://completeliberty.com/ Wes Bertrand's Counseling Site - http://happinesscounseling.com/ Related School Sucks Links: [BONUS] Self-Esteem Is A Scam? – Wes and Brett Respond [SERIES] The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem [SERIES] The Seventh Pillar of Self-Esteem [BONUS] Episode 457 Aftershow, With Wes Bertrand [PATREON VERSION] 457: Define Self-Esteem + Aftershow

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October 18, 2016 10:51 AM PDT
Brian Sovryn and I discuss the popular canard - perpetuated by media, TED talkers and the "public schools just need more money" crowd - that new technology can revolutionize education inside public schools. So far, studies don't back this idea. And neither do we. Jump to the 35:00 mark to hear the topic in the title discussed. DISCUSSION: - Public Schools are currently trying to co-opt the thing that will ultimately destroy them - Those trying to save the system like to tell two stories, while discarding all the important lessons from them 1. Sugata Mitra and the "Hole-In-the-Wall Experiment" 2. One laptop Per Child successes in Ethiopia - Addressing a series of myths about the impact of new technology in public school - Some alarming facts about the educational book industry Look Closer: Sovryn Tech Podcast - https://soundcloud.com/sovryntech Brian's Site: ZOG.ninja - https://zog.ninja Technology doesn't make school pupils smarter, study says - http://phys.org/news/2015-09-technology-doesnt-school-pupils-smarter.html

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October 14, 2016 02:15 PM PDT
John Hasnas is a professor of business at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business and a professor of law (by courtesy) at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, where he teaches courses in ethics and law. Professor Hasnas is also the executive director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics. He joins me to contrast the lessons of two of his recent articles on two different types of diversity in higher education. 1. The Surprising Obstacle Mizzou and Yale Face in Increasing Diversity - Fortune, November 2015 - http://fortune.com/2015/11/21/the-surprising-obstacle-mizzou-and-yale-face-in-increasing-diversity/ 2. The One Kind of Diversity Colleges Avoid - The wall Street Journal, March 2016 - http://faculty.msb.edu/hasnasj/GTWebSite/Diversity.htm Opening Monologue: Happy Halloween! We're approaching the one-year anniversary of the Yale Culturally Insensitive Halloween Costume Email Controversy Can top-down limitation on intellectual diversity become a bottom-up elimination of intellectual diversity? Discussion: -How faculty search committees actual work -Faculty diversity is about gender, minority, ethnic backgrounds -No effort to be inclusive of all ranges of opinion - political or philosophical -How much of this conscious and how much of it is unconscious?

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October 09, 2016 06:50 PM PDT
Zak Slayback is an entrepreneur who writes, speaks and takes action on issues of education, innovation, and philosophy. He is an Ivy League dropout and a founding team member of Praxis - an organization that creates apprenticeships for college-age people that lead directly to full-time jobs. Learn more about Zak at ZakSlayback.com. Learn more about Praxis at DiscoverPraxis.com. Zack's Book: Discussion: -apprenticeships -What's the difference between school and education? -career guidance or lack thereof in high school -The truth about college admissions -The Ivy League liability -deschooling

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October 05, 2016 10:07 AM PDT
Ben Settle is very well-known and well-respected Internet marketer and the world leader in email copy writing education. He joins me for a conversation geared towards young entrepreneurs. Topics include asserting and promoting yourself, believing your words have value, breaking the rules of an industry and becoming a new industry leader, why people struggle with authenticity and what to do about it, how Ben helped me overcome certain types of negative self-talk, Ben's path from multi-level marketing frustration to a marketing industry leader, why principles supersede tactics, the sales-averse mindset, how to increase your depth of knowledge, and teaching to learn. Learn more about Ben at BenSettle.com.

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