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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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September 24, 2016 05:20 AM PDT
This episode is a supplement to our current "Sex-Ed" series. Christina Hoff Sommers is a former philosophy professor who now works as a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. She is the author of several books including Who Stole Feminism, The War Against Boys, and Freedom Feminism. She has a YouTube channel called "The Factual Feminist." Discussion: - I think the experiences I've had in the last year or so have led to an overly hostile and simplistic view of both academia and feminism. -It's not feminism and it's not academia. The problem is where these two worlds collide - academic authoritarianism - What is feminism to Christina? - Responsibility for uncomfortable emotions - The human need for safety, tragically expressed - EQUALITY VS EQUITY - Feminism's CLASSICAL LIBERAL ORIGINS - 3 decades of specious research coming out of gender studies? they believe they are objective, any dissent is the ideology - Tragedy Collecting: how the culture or environment of academia contributes to this problem - The war Against Boys - pathologizing boy behavior - school creates problems - Are children generally hurt by gendered play

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September 17, 2016 05:46 AM PDT
My first conversation with You Tube sensation David Brown, better known as boyinaband. I first started to follow his work over a year ago when his video "Don't Stay In School" prompted our friend Derrick J to write a similarly-themed letter to his two younger sisters. We then discussed the letter on the show. David and I discuss his new video called "You Don't Legally Have To Go To School," our experiences as students, how some of my teaching experience line up with some of themes of his videos, the legality of going to school, Sudbury Schools, and the problem of government schools.

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September 10, 2016 04:57 AM PDT
Okay, define "justice." While doing some research for an upcoming show, I came across an op-ed in The Harvard Crimson - written by a gender studies major - called "The Doctrine of Academic Freedom: Let’s give up on academic freedom in favor of justice." Then all hell breaks loose. Music: Bob Whiting - "Shambala" (cover) Mentioned: FunkyEds Blog - Some valid criticisms of SSP Look Closer: Philosophy: Who Needs It Freedom vs. Justice: Are They in Conflict? Problematic: The Battle for Free Speech (Harvard Political Review) Richard Herrnstein: I.Q. - by Richard Herrnstein Richard Herrnstein Subramanian Swamy: Pushed out of Harvard, professor returns fire The Outlier - The inscrutable politics of Subramanian Swamy John Rawls, A Theory of Justice: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: John Rawls Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Distributive Justice

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September 05, 2016 04:59 AM PDT
Why are sex and gender issues so volatile? Who bares responsibility for making them that way? This is an examination of modern feminism, men's rights advocacy, and "gender fluidity" - the history, the science, and the philosophical foundations (or lack thereof) Throughout 2016, our friend Julia Tourianski has been immersed in brain scans, controlled studies, evolutionary psychology, and anthropology. She recently produced a video called 50 REAL Differences Between Men & Women where she discusses her findings. We are now connecting this topic to the challenges students face in government school - including supposed achievement gaps, zero tolerance, at-risk students, leftist indoctrination, the "insult of equality," socialization, higher education opportunities and pseudo-scientific majors like Gender Studies. Bumper Music: Foster the People - "Call It What You Want" Rush - "Trees" Bobby Darin - "If I Were A Carpenter" Look Closer: Essentialism Post-structural Feminism Gender Ideology Harms Children Julia's Notes and Sources Get the books:

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August 31, 2016 11:12 AM PDT
A few days after Hillary Clinton's speech about Donald Trump and the Alt-Right, Jeffrey Tucker returned to School Sucks to discuss -the swinging pendulum of extremism -his attempts to build alliances between libertarians and right-wingers with Murray Rothbard in the early 90s -the ideological origins of modern nativism, nationalism and protectionism Also Discussed: -Five Differences Between the Alt-Right and Libertarianism -Thomas Carlyle, the Founding Father of Fascism -a tiny doorway of legitimate concerns - social engineering and the forceful end of debate - through which a deluge of violence and insanity can poor -Trump's fascist talking points and ideations all have corollaries or mirrors on the left -a moratorium on calling people racists? A word that now means nothing -Alt-Right view: hopelessness and maybe even naiveté of libertarianism -Shame bananas -collectives on the move -everything is a zero-sum game (Trump's hostility towards free trade) -actually fighting political correctness -the left's racism problem Get the Books: Look Closer: JeffreyTucker.me FEE.org Jeffrey Tucker On School Sucks Podcast Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War
August 23, 2016 09:24 PM PDT
This is my collaboration with Patrick and Ady of The Philosophy Film Club. Our subject of discussion is a film that both defined the teen movie genre and (appropriately) broke its rules. See Brett's Notes For This Production THE CHARACTERS (10:30-46:30) -Our identification with characters in the film -Who were our teachers and how did they get there? -The importance of Vernon and Bender THEIR RELATIONSHIPS WITH EACH OTHER (46:30-1:02:30) -Social pressures -Stereotypes and barriers -Missed opportunities for meaningful relationships -Sharing pain in a domination system THE IMPACT OF SCHOOL AND HOME ENVIRONMENTS (1:02:30-1:32:45 ) -How John Hughes connects the audience to the attitudes and experience of the characters -Parenting typologies represented in the film (authoritarian, permissive, neglectful) -Authoritative "power-with" parenting is absent -What lunchtime reveals -Hughes adds a lot of non-dialog messages -How their relationships with each other are used to overcome the impacts of school and home (even if it's only temporary) PSYCHOLOGICAL THEMES (1:32:45-1:53:45) -Bender: Abuse and trauma - fight, flight, freeze -The Nurture Assumption and Judith Rich Harris's "Cinderella effect" -The significance of Carl the janitor -Alpha/Beta representations: Andy and Bender/Brian -Vulnerability CONCLUSION (1:54:45-END) -Long-term impact and unanswered questions -Remake? -Sequel? -How Hollywood stereotypes teens Music: Green Day - "Longview" Tears For Fears - "Everybody Wants To Rule the World" The Wind and The Wave - "Don't You Forget About Me" Those Darn Accordions - "The Janitor Knows" Look Closer: Ady's Life Coaching Site and email: realtimelifecoaching@yahoo.com The Philosophy Film Club On YouTube

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August 12, 2016 06:52 PM PDT
Throughout 2016, our friend Julia Tourianski has been immersed in brain scans, controlled studies, evolutionary psychology, and anthropology. She recently produced a video called 50 REAL Differences Between Men & Women where she discusses her findings. For months we have talked about connecting this topic to the challenges students face in government school, including supposed achievement gaps, zero tolerance, at-risk students, socialization, higher education opportunities and absurd pseudo-scientific majors like Gender Studies. -discussion of Julia's Purposes -my purposes, School Has Become Too Hostile to Boys -Sex vs Gender distinction -discussion of Julia's methods and sources -impressions of Cordelia Fine and our SSP discussion on gender roles from 2010 -Behavior is never either nature or nurture. It is always a very complex interweaving of both. -Problem: already weak scientific conclusions are overblown by popular writers -Boys and girls like to draw different things -Females hear better than males -Boys naturally use movement to think -Groups of boys play differently than groups of girls -Males are More Likely to Overestimate Their Ability (Intro with the pay gap myth) -Males are more likely to exhibit aggression physically while females are more likely to exhibit aggression verbally Bumper Music: Jeffrey Lewis - "Back When I Was Four" Look Closer: Julia's Notes and Sources Get the books:

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August 05, 2016 05:36 AM PDT
Wes Bertrand and I discuss facets of healing trauma and activating 7th pillar true-self motivation. This is the fourth part in our rebooted series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. This extension to the original series focuses on Branden's concluding chapter and what he calls the "seventh pillar." We will be reviewing each of the six pillars; the previous discussions focused on the what and the why of those practices, and this time we turn our attention to the how. INTRO MONTAGE: The 1989 film Parenthood is a humorous but touching look across three generations of a family system. The film's protagonist (Gil, played by Steven Martin), despite not having the reparenting/self-integration vocabulary, is determined to learn from his father's mistakes and apply them to his relationship with his own children. Throughout the film, he expresses great stress over the prospect of failing as a father. Clips from Parenthood are interspersed with some of the advice of Dr. Daniel Siegel. DISCUSSION: - today's theme: reparenting - started with severe abuse cases, but we could all use it - Re-parenting is a process of giving yourself what you never got: love, nurturing, and protection. - self-teaching is an important parallel to this process - this practice aids with self-integration HOW TO DO IT: 1. Take Time In / Mindfulness Thanks to Dr. Dan Siegel we have two models for approaching this: http://www.drdansiegel.com/resources/wheel_of_awareness/ http://www.drdansiegel.com/resources/healthy_mind_platter/ BALANCE: somatosensory work, breathing, meditation, and mindfulness practices Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past - BOOK 2. Communication with/acknowledgment of and listening to ...inner child/disowned parts of self -Living Consciously -Self-acceptance -The Damaging Effects of Repressing Unwanted Emotions -The Integrative Process -repression of negative emotions stunts the integrative process. -sentence stems - The Art of Self-Discovery -gratitude, 3. Journaling Daily journaling practice helps to strengthen your awareness of yourself 4. Get Support -Having a trusted advisor -finding a therapist -psychodrama and psychomotor therapy -finding pro-recovery, pro-growth environments THE SIX PILLARS OF SELF-ESTEEM 1. The Practice of Living Consciously 2. The Practice of Self-Acceptance 3. The Practice of Self-Responsibility 4. The Practice of Self-Assertiveness 5. The Practice of Living Purposefully 6. The Practice of Personal Integrity Bumper Music: Warren Zevon - "Detox Mansion" Foster the People - "Pumped Up Kicks" The Verve - "Lucky Man" Look Closer: Complete Liberty Podcast NathanielBranden.com Happiness Counseling Resource Page The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem (pdf) Get the books:

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July 29, 2016 07:04 AM PDT
Wes Bertrand and I reboot our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. This extension to the original series focuses on Branden's concluding chapter and what he calls the "seventh pillar." We will be reviewing each of the six pillars; the previous discussions focused on the what and the why of those practices, and this time we turn our attention to the how. INTRO MONTAGE: Domination systems scale up. From the home... to the schools... to the military and the police... to the state. DISCUSSION: - The main hurdles: (in embracing and working towards a better concept of self) - Systems of domination (abusive and neglectful parenting, schooling, religion, and government), which sacrifice needs and induce trauma - Eisler's Domination Cultures vs. Partnership Cultures (and the problems with that view) - Origins of Domination systems (are they an evolutionary step?) - Myth of Redemptive Violence. It enshrines the belief that violence saves, that war brings peace, that might makes right. It is one of the oldest continuously repeated stories in the world." - The LANGUAGE OF DOMINATION SYSTEMS - the relatively non-integrated and non-optimally designed brain that struggles to make sense of traumatizing experiences (being overpowered, overwhelmed, or put in jeopardy) and the sacrifice of needs in general - overcoming the kluge THE SIX PILLARS OF SELF-ESTEEM 1. The Practice of Living Consciously 2. The Practice of Self-Acceptance 3. The Practice of Self-Responsibility 4. The Practice of Self-Assertiveness 5. The Practice of Living Purposefully 6. The Practice of Personal Integrity Bumper Music: Dick & Dee Dee - "Turn Around" Steve Winwood - "Higher Love" Look Closer: Complete Liberty Podcast NathanielBranden.com Happiness Counseling Resource Page The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem (pdf) Get the books:

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July 22, 2016 08:34 AM PDT
Wes Bertrand and I reboot our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. This extension to the original series focuses on Branden's concluding chapter and what he calls the "seventh pillar." We will be reviewing each of the six pillars; the previous discussions focused on the what and the why of those practices, and this time we turn our attention to the how. INTRO MONTAGE: Collectivism pulls us away from pursuits of self-knowledge, self-assertiveness and self-actualization, away from becoming who we are. The easiest forms of collectivism to carelessly embrace are tribalism and racism. Pseudo-self-esteem is often the result of such embrace. This montage is a 2016 update on Rand's thoughts on racism, Branden's 1971 warnings about anti-individualist psychology and our 2014 discussions on self-esteem. DISCUSSION: We aimed to focus this segment on the importance of self-knowledge and how it prepares us for self-education, but due to the gravity of the current political situation we spend a considerable amount of time on race, IQ, tribalism and a culture focused on non-essentials. The article we're discussing is called The Golden Age of Teaching Yourself Anything THE SIX PILLARS OF SELF-ESTEEM 1. The Practice of Living Consciously 2. The Practice of Self-Acceptance 3. The Practice of Self-Responsibility 4. The Practice of Self-Assertiveness 5. The Practice of Living Purposefully 6. The Practice of Personal Integrity Bumper Music: Alabama Shakes - "Sound & Color" The Who - "I've Known No War" Yes - "Yours Is No Disgrace" Look Closer: Complete Liberty Podcast NathanielBranden.com The Golden Age of Teaching Yourself Anything Happiness Counseling Resource Page The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem (pdf) Here's a new way to incentivize our production of educational content.

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