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School Sucks
Indoctrination + Regurgitation + Graduation ≠ An Education
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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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June 29, 2016 07:56 AM PDT
Crusaders are motivated by the desire to win over their opponents. Entrepreneurs want to find buyers for their products, even if the rest of the world laughs at them. - John Vespasian, The 10 Principles of Rational Living John Vespasian is the author of seven books about rational living, self-reliance, self-mastery and entrepreneurship. His works include "When Everything Fails, Try This" (2009), "Rationality Is the Way to Happiness" (2009), "The Philosophy of Builders: How to Build a Great Future with the Pieces from Your Past" (2010), "The 10 Principles of Rational Living" (2012), "Rational Living, Rational Working: How to Make Winning Moves When Things Are Falling Apart" (2013), "Consistency: The Key to Permanent Stress Relief" (2014), and "On Becoming Unbreakable: How Normal People Become Extraordinarily Self-Confident" (2015). He joins me today to discuss the first principle from his book "The 10 Principles of Rational Living," contrasting the stories of doctor Ignaz Semmelweis and film maker Luis Buñuel to illustrate the importance of thinking like an entrepreneur, instead of like a crusader. We also discuss five differences between difficult undertakings and hopeless enterprises: 1. Are you creating new assets? 2. Are you dealing with friendly people? 3. Are you acquiring new skills? 4. Can your project expand? 5. Will it contribute to your personal growth? Look Closer: John's Books John's Blog

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June 11, 2016 10:08 PM PDT
#MemoryCondition In this concluding episode I discuss ways to minimize interference for better memory retention, along with the importance of fostering a healthy memory consolidation process. Retrieval strategies build on the previous discussions about visual memory, mindful encoding and retention. Look Closer: Theories of Forgetting MEMORY CONSOLIDATION Sleep, dreams, and memory consolidation: The role of the stress hormone cortisol Memory and Sleep - The Basics Sleep-Dependent Learning and Memory Consolidation A list of reliable online memory assessments: University of Washington Short-Term Memory Test MemTrax Memory Test Psychology Today Memory Test Rutgers University Memory Self-Tests (verbal and Visual) Ohio State University Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) You can use this comprehensive assessment from Douglas Herrmann's book Super Memory. Bumper Music: REMINISCING - The Little River Band

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June 05, 2016 06:39 AM PDT
#MemoryCondition A discussion of learning styles, learning dimensions and encoding strategies. Is the key to a better memory the ability to think visually? Thousands of years of memory training practices, from the Ancient Greeks to 21st century memory competitors, seem to suggest so. In this episode I aim to extract the principles of time-tested methods like loci and the memory palace, to create some more flexible, tech-friendly and efficient strategies. Look Closer: Joshua Foer: Feats of memory anyone can do School Sucks Podcast #233: Tools - The Brain Software (With Richard Grove and Paul Verge) School Sucks Podcast #206: Learning Styles and Strategies - Control and Flexibility Develop Perfect Memory With the Memory Palace Technique The Learning Dimensions: A list of reliable online memory assessments: University of Washington Short-Term Memory Test MemTrax Memory Test Psychology Today Memory Test Rutgers University Memory Self-Tests (verbal and Visual) Ohio State University Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) You can use this comprehensive assessment from Douglas Herrmann's book Super Memory. Bumper Music: REMINISCING - The Little River Band

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May 27, 2016 08:28 AM PDT
#MemoryCondition A brief (and optional in this series) neurology-based discussion of the process of making memories. This includes the development of the understanding of the memory system, retrograde and anterograde amnesia, and trauma's strange effect on memory. The Memory Process In A Nutshell 1. external events occur 2. Stimuli encounters the 5 senses (iconic, echoic) 3. Senses transport data to the working memory - holding area 4. central processor - controls how much attention is given to the contents of the working memory (episodic buffer, visuo-spatial sketchpad, phonological loop) 5. Long-term memory - data stored and potentially available for recall, it can be explicit (episodic or semantic) or implicit (procedural or emotional) Look Closer: McGill University: Memory and Learning The episodic buffer: a new component of working memory? School Sucks Podcast Series: The Trivium (2013) School Sucks Podcast Series: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience (2015) A list of reliable online memory assessments: University of Washington Short-Term Memory Test MemTrax Memory Test Psychology Today Memory Test Rutgers University Memory Self-Tests (verbal and Visual) Ohio State University Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) You can use this comprehensive assessment from Douglas Herrmann's book Super Memory. Bumper Music: REMINISCING - The Little River Band

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May 20, 2016 12:53 PM PDT
#MemoryCondition In gaining an understanding of the memory system, it is important to recognize that memory functions are happening throughout several distant but interconnected regions of the brain. In this two part episode, we'll tour the parts of the brain at work in the memory process, starting from the front and working backwards. As each function is described, you can decide where you feel there might be room for improvement. The Memory Process In A Nutshell 1. external events occur 2. Stimuli encounters the 5 senses 3. Senses transport data to the working memory - holding area 4. central processor - controls how much attention is given to the contents of the working memory 5. Long-term memory - data stored and potentially available for recall BASAL GANGLIA http://www.biology.emory.edu/research/Jaeger/BasalGanglia/BG_page.html http://www.livescience.com/43353-implicit-memory.html http://www.parkinsonalliance.org/UserFiles/file/ExerciseResearchReview.pdf HIPPOCAMPUS - the part of the brain most involved with our memory - Movement is essential for a healthy hippocampus and enhanced levels of memory consolidation http://sharpbrains.com/blog/2015/11/04/can-you-grow-your-hippocampus-yes-heres-how-and-why-it-matters/ CEREBELLUM - The cerebellum constitutes just 10 percent of the total volume of the brain but amazingly it contains over 50 percent of the neurons in the entire human brain. - The cerebellum modifies and adapts movement patterns to improve coordination and balance http://dougkelsey.com/mind-altering-drills/ A list of reliable online memory assessments: University of Washington Short-Term Memory Test MemTrax Memory Test Psychology Today Memory Test Rutgers University Memory Self-Tests (verbal and Visual) Ohio State University Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) You can use this comprehensive assessment from Douglas Herrmann's book Super Memory. Bumper Music: REMINISCING - The Little River Band

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May 17, 2016 07:00 AM PDT
#MemoryCondition In gaining an understanding of the memory system, it is important to recognize that memory functions are happening throughout several distant but interconnected regions of the brain. In this two part episode, we'll tour the parts of the brain at work in the memory process, starting from the front and working backwards. As each function is described, you can decide where you feel there might be room for improvement. The Memory Process In A Nutshell 1. external events occur 2. Stimuli encounters the 5 senses 3. Senses transport data to the working memory - holding area 4. central processor - controls how much attention is given to the contents of the working memory 5. Long-term memory - data stored and potentially available for recall How to Maintain a Healthy Frontal Lobe http://www.breachbuilders.org/article.php?story=20100111015631512 -find challenges, be mindful, avoid automatic pilot: -manage information exposure, practice blocking, discarding, and ignoring less relevant tasks and information. The 3 Ts of the Frontal Lobe Tension: The unique ability of a human to rise above emotional reactions, and selfish – primitive behaviors. Tact: The ability to understand and apply socially acceptable behaviors. Tenacity: The ability to focus on one thing for a period of time. Children with ADHD are known to have poor-functioning frontal cortices and thus they have an inability to apply the 3 T’s effectively. A Strong Pre-Frontal Cortex https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prefrontal_cortex http://www.edutopia.org/blog/strategies-strengthening-brains-executive-functions-donna-wilson-marcus-conyers http://www.brainbalancecenters.com/blog/2014/03/improving-executive-function-skills/ Studies Referenced on Executive Functioning: (links) - regular exercise and overall physical fitness have been linked to academic achievement “Exercise and Children’s Intelligence, Cognition, and Academic Achievement” Phillip D. Tomporowski et al., Educational Psychology Review, 2008 - success on specific tasks like safely crossing a busy street while talking on a cell phone “Role of Childhood Aerobic Fitness in Successful Street Crossing” Laura Chaddock et al., Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, April 2012 - post quicker reaction times, give more accurate responses, and are more effective at detecting errors “Impact of Aerobic Exercise Training on Cognitive Functions and Affect Associated to the COMT Polymorphism in Young Adults” Sanna Stroth et al., Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 2010 - assigned older adults to three one-hour sessions of exercise a week for six months “Aerobic Exercise Training Increases Brain Volume in Aging Humans” Stanley J. Colcombe et al., The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, 2006 AMYGDALA ACTIVATION http://www.clear-mind-meditation-techniques.com/amygdala-brain-training.html http://www.calmclinic.com/anxiety/amygdala A list of reliable online memory assessments: University of Washington Short-Term Memory Test MemTrax Memory Test Psychology Today Memory Test Rutgers University Memory Self-Tests (verbal and Visual) Ohio State University Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) You can use this comprehensive assessment from Douglas Herrmann's book Super Memory. Bumper Music: Brain Parts Song by Aaron Wolf

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May 13, 2016 08:44 AM PDT
#MemoryCondition In this introduction to our exploration of memory improvement strategies, I discuss the problem of information overload (or "Data Smog"), the motivations for pursuing this topic, the importance of doing a memory self-assessment, an outline for this series and the power of attention. con·di·tion kənˈdiSH(ə)n/ verb, gerund or present participle: conditioning bring (something) into the desired state for use. Our conditioning will be broken into three phases: Registration (learning, capture), retention (processing, storage), recollection (making it useful at the ideal time) Series Motivations - My memory problems - teaching history - Zinn's A Peoples' History of the United States - cultural or social memory problems - SAT tutoring experience - method over memory, rote and repetition - Evernote and GTD: an over-reliance on methods and devices? The keys and obstacles to a strong memory - combining a high level of attention with a controlled distribution of attention - there is no bad memory panacea - there is a clear problem though; it affects us and it will probably affect our children even more: a very widely-distributed low level of attention Self-Assessment - "how good is my memory?" is not the right question - is memory a natural ability or lack thereof? - memory is not uniform, there is a variety of memory tasks - Break your assessment into 4 categories: Knowledge, Events, intentions, actions A list of reliable online memory assessments: University of Washington Short-Term Memory Test MemTrax Memory Test Psychology Today Memory Test Rutgers University Memory Self-Tests (verbal and Visual) Ohio State University Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) You can use this comprehensive assessment from Douglas Herrmann's book Super Memory. Look Closer: Beyond History and Memory: New Perspectives in Memory Studies - http://www.academia.edu/3700328/Beyond_History_and_Memory_New_Perspectives_in_Memory_Studies Information Fatigue Syndrome - http://paginaspersonales.deusto.es/abaitua/konzeptu/fatiga.htm#Lewis Information overload - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_overload

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April 28, 2016 11:12 AM PDT
Isaac Morehouse is an entrepreneur, thinker, and communicator dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom, and an advocate of self-directed learning and living. He is the founder and CEO of Praxis, an intensive one-year program combining real-world business experience with personal coaching, professional development projects, and interdisciplinary education for those who want more than college. We discuss socialism, the entrepreneurial spirit, college, tutoring, conspiracy theories, the origins of schooling and more.
April 25, 2016 04:31 PM PDT
Back by popular demand! Stephanie Murphy and Brian Sovryn return to School Sucks for a free-form, extended discussion on the topic of conspiracy theories. This time our focus is on Hollywood, pop culture, film and the broader entertainment industry. DISCUSSION: -Maybe the environment is a little sick? -Disney's X-Rated Easter eggs? -Roland Emmerich - writer (The Day After Tomorrow, Godzilla, Stargate, Independence Day, 10,000 B.C., 2012) -Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot (National Treasure, The Road to El Dorado) -German Expressionism, with historical context -Fritz Lang and Metropolis (1927) -L. Frank Baum, Theosophy and the allegorical Wizard of Oz -Occult themes in Star Wars -Maybe the environment is a little sick? (revisited) Look Closer: Sovryn Tech Podcast - https://soundcloud.com/sovryntech Stephanie Murphy: Website - http://www.smvoice.info/ Brett's Notes - https://www.evernote.com/pub/brettveinotte/part2conspira-thonsse

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April 20, 2016 04:28 PM PDT
Brian Sovryn takes the lead in this discussion; his explanations of esoteric symbols are juxtaposed against the interpretations of several popular You Tube Hollywood/Illuminati amateur semioticians. DISCUSSION: - For whom are these symbols intended? - Do we have an innate respond to certain symbols? - Occult Symbols (All-Seeing Eye, phoenix rising, the pentagram, baphomet, fire, owls) - Masonic Symbols (the two pillars, square and compass, checkerboard floors, the number 13) - Mind-Control Symbols (broken mirrors, robots, monarch butterflies) - Much, much, much more; many great tangents Look Closer: Sovryn Tech Podcast - https://soundcloud.com/sovryntech Check out Stephanie and Brian on The Sex and Science Hour - https://zog.ninja Stephanie Murphy: Website - http://www.smvoice.info/ Brett's Notes - https://www.evernote.com/pub/brettveinotte/part2conspira-thonsse

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