Part Six in our 2015 New Hampshire Liberty Forum Discussions
Jeffrey Tucker joins Brett, Carlos and a live audience for a discussion about McDonald's menu options, the intellectual challenge of Brittney Spears, eugenics, the Progressive era, the total state of the 20th century, the future of digital romance and relationships, Skoal, the distributed network, Yik Yak and fashion.
Jeffrey Tucker is the founder and Chief Liberty Officer of Liberty.me, a distinguished fellow of the Foundation for Economic Education where he consults on technology and editorial matters, a research fellow of the Acton Institute, and the editor of Laissez Faire Books. He has authored five books, 150 introductions to books, and many thousands of articles.
Look Closer:JeffreyTucker.me - http://www.jeffreytucker.me/
Liberty.me - https://liberty.me/
Part Five in our 2015 New Hampshire Liberty Forum Discussions
Kate and I sat down in fronty of a live audience following her presentation, Moving to the Free State with Children: A Discussion of Education Options in NH.Kate's Bio:
Kate Baker is the Executive Director of the Network for Educational Opportunity, an education resource and networking organization and the first organization to implement the NH Education Tax Credit Scholarships. She was a teacher of the performing arts for almost a decade and is passionate about gifted education, charter schools and school choice. Kate is proud to serve on the Polaris Charter School Board of Trustees and has worked tirelessly, on behalf of NH children; starting schools, supporting home schoolers, teaching and empowering students and parents, and promoting options in education. She is a founder of The Greater Manchester Alliance for the Gifted, Scholars’ Academy, and the Academy for Science and Design Educational Foundation. Kate was honored to be recognized by the New Hampshire Union Leader and the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire as a “40 Under Forty″, 40 of the state’s brightest young achievers, in 2013.
Kate's Presentation At Liberty Forum
Planning to move your family to NH and wondering what kind of education options are available? Is private or homeschooling a viable choice for you? Kate Baker of networkforeducation.org will host an interactive discussion about NEO scholarships, private schools, charter schools, and homeschooling in NH.
Look Closer:The Network for Educational Opportunity (NEO) - http://networkforeducation.org/
Part Four in our 2015 New Hampshire Liberty Forum Discussions
Darren and I discuss his presentation Challenging the Educational Monopoly.Darren's Bio:
Dr. Darren Tapp has spent over a decade teaching various mathematical concepts at a handful of colleges. Darren is currently teaching at New Hampshire Technical Institute, and Southern New Hampshire University. Darren is the founder of Dr. Tapp’s mathematical playgrounds, which bring concepts of arithmetic, geometry, and combinatorics to young people. Darren is also co-host of Neocash Radio.
Darren's Presentation At Liberty Forum
After years of observing the results of public education Dr. Darren Tapp decided to provide alternatives to parents. This has lead to several activities that promote mathematical concepts. Darren will describe some pedagogical differences his playgrounds have compared to public education. Understand how free people will challenge the Educational Monopoly.
Look Closer:Darren's Site - http://www.darrentapp.com/
Part Three in our 2015 New Hampshire Liberty Forum Discussions
Davi Barker joins us to discuss his book Trilogy: Survivor Max.Davi's Bio:
A lifelong connoisseur of the undead, Davi believes that art should imitate life, and if it can’t, art should at least eat life’s brain. Davi is the author of Survivor Max, the story of a young boy surviving the zombie apocalypse alone in New Hampshire.
Davi's Presentation At Liberty Forum - The Undead Democracy ApocalypseLook Closer:ShinyBadges.com - http://muslimagorist.com/products/front-page
DaviBarker.com - http://www.muslimagorist.com/writing
Part Two in our 2015 New Hampshire Liberty Forum Discussions
Is it time to start creating a detailed, documented history of the Free State Project?
Alex's Panel - Technology: A Force Multiplier for Activism
New Hampshire Liberty Activists use social networks, databases and web applications to hit way above their weight class. Join the creators of some of this technology to talk about challenges, opportunities, and dreams. Bring your own ideas to change the world! This will be a panel discussion.
Look Closer:Alex's Site: free State Chronicles - https://freestatechronicles.org/
Free State Project - https://freestateproject.org/
Free Keene - http://freekeene.com/
Hilarious Colbert Report Lampoons Free Keene - http://freekeene.com/2014/11/20/hilarious-colbert-report-lampoons-free-keene/
Part One in our 2015 New Hampshire Liberty Forum Discussions
(Photo Credit: Virgil Vaduva)
Jody's Presentation: Public education is based on some flawed ideas: (1) Geographic location determines your opportunity to become educated. (2) Age determines what other students you are grouped with. (3) Taxes can be used only for government-run schools. (4) All children must get a “free” education. (5) Taxes are needed to pay for public schooling. I will argue that free and appropriate education needs to be changed to appropriate access to education – not daycare or medical support. I will present these and related ideas using general principles and my experiences as chair of the Croydon school board. I will propose some ideas for change, and make sure there is time to have audience participation in designing a paradigm shift for public schooling. Bring your ideas!
Jody's Bio: Jody Underwood, Ph.D., is a founder and owner of Bardo Project and is one of the faces of Bardo Farm. She lives off the grid on a large property in New Hampshire with a varying number of people, depending on the season and the year, all learning back-to-basics skills. She moved to NH for the FSP in 2007 and is currently on the FSP board of directors. She focuses on K-12 education both professionally and as the chair of her local school board, which recently instituted school choice and included private schools as part of the choice (which is causing a stir in the state department of education). Her goal is to figure out ways to revolutionize education.
Jody’s work history includes artificial intelligence research at NASA, Carnegie Mellon University, Rutgers University, and Princeton University, and education research and development at Vanderbilt University, the Math Forum, and Educational Testing Service. She earned her doctorate at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. She currently works for a small for-profit company in Maryland (telecommuting from NH half the time and working in the MD office half the time) designing and developing games and simulations for learning and assessment.
Look Closer:Bardo Farm - http://bardofarm.com/
Free State Project - https://freestateproject.org/
Kyle Davis of Meditation & Buddhism in Providence returns to continue our discussion about meditation. I have been practicing regularly for 4-5 months now and I have a few new questions and observations. Kyle originally appeared on episode #275:A Better State of Mind: Introduction to MeditationA review of the basics and what we covered last time:
-it is an active process
-trying to strengthen the mind
-contemplation - bringing in an idea or feeling
-the placement -holding it there
-It's a practice, it takes work and time, feel clumsy
-posture, body as an antenna,
be comfortable and alert, straight back
-have the body in a way that it can stay still, legs crossed
-rest eyes with a little light coming in
-first thing in the morning is ideal, but other times are okay
-breathing: just through the nose
start to notice the breathing in nostrils, analyze, try to find the sensation of air touching nostrils
focus just on that sensation
notice a distraction? acknowledge and move the mind back to the sensation
-length, set a realistic goal and follow through
-what I have practiced so far, înapanasati
-some questions/concerns: Half lotus feels unnatural, what about music?
-Beginning Mindfulness Meditation, Shamata
-how does meditation change the brain?
-Buddha's view of happiness
-define "positive states of mind"
-Are you familiar with Stoicism?
-is acceptance without assertiveness dangerous?
-Vipassana: impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and non-self
Look Closer:Meditation & Buddhism in Providence: Mindfulness for Busy People - http://meditationinrhodeisland.org/
Your Brain on Meditation - http://www.mindful.org/the-science/neuroscience/your-brain-on-meditation
Samatha and Vipassana - http://www.dhammaloka.org.au/articles/item/1203-samatha-and-vipassana-meditation.html
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Derrick J. returns to discuss an email he recently sent to his two 7th grade sisters about leaving school. It has been two weeks and he is still waiting for a reply. His father, a former principal, asked him not to discuss it with them any more. What would you do? How would you follow up?
The email was inspired by this video from BoyInABand:
Read his article here: Don’t Stay in School.
Look Closer:Derrick's Site: DerrickJ.me - http://derrickj.me/
Freedom Feens - http://www.freedomfeens.com/
Free Talk Live - https://www.freetalklive.com/
Flaming Freedom - http://flamingfreedom.com/
Derrick On School Sucks - http://schoolsucksproject.com/?s=derrick
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In my 10+ years of teaching,
"school sucks" is perhaps the most common phrase I've heard students use to describe their feelings about public education. But this seemingly bitter and reductive slogan is actually quite clever. When taken literally, "school sucks" is perhaps the most accurate and astute synopsis of the system I've ever heard. Here's why...
1. The twelve-year process of an American public education has a dramatic effect on the mind of a child. When we first enter school at age six, many of our best personal attributes are already in place. We are curious, innovative, unique, creative and hopeful in ways that we will rarely be able to replicate throughout the rest of our lives. But over time, school sucks those essential attributes out of too many of us...and replaces them with predictability, obedience and apathy.
2. The public school system sucks off the productive capacity of hard-working people. The system is coercively funded through taxation. In other words, whether public education succeeds or fails (spoiler alert: it fails) at providing real education to the public, the cost goes up every year. There are no refunds.
The END of Public Education?
1. END: It's over, irrelevant, useless, needs to be done away with. Does more harm than good.
2. END: (As in means to an end) We'll also explore the true intentions behind the system, which have very little to do with real education. There is substantial evidence that its failure to educate is no accident.
Above all, this is a show about what one might do about these problems...
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Keep doing what you do , I promise you are making a huge difference in peoples lives and doing a very important work."
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I am a young father of four and your insight on the educational system is dead on."
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It feels so good to have someone speak with moral clarity about such an important topic as education of my / our children.
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Keep it up!"
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"I just listened to school sucks, and now I fear for my mind. I'm still in there, and I need out. He is also very entertaining. I'm always right there with Mr. Veinotte. I guess thats what makes him a good teacher."
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