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School Sucks Podcast: Education Evolution
Indoctrination + Regurgitation + Graduation ≠ An Education
Category: Education
Location: Newmarket, 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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April 10, 2014 01:06 PM PDT
Michael W. Dean joins me for some casual conversation. Michael is the host of the popular Freedom Feens radio show and Michael Dean After Dark, as well as an author and a film maker. -What's so scary about Ray Kurzweil -Reading Michael's disciplinary reports -Making the arts more accessible, removing gatekeepers -Why do young people reject libertarianism -Going to college -Reverence for authors and scientists -Khan Academy vs. teachers -The "defective" label and treatment -Brett's teaching history -Do statists have the potential to be reached? -Are we in competition with each other? Look Closer: D.I.Y. or Die: How to Survive as an Independent Artist - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D.I.Y._or_Die:_How_to_Survive_as_an_Independent_Artist
April 03, 2014 09:14 AM PDT
Wes Bertrand and I continue our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today we move into the second part of the book. "Regardless of what we think we are teaching, we teach what we are." Discussed: -everything going on inside me is weird and alien to the rest of the world -we have this natural desire to be seen, heard, understood -what would happen if we extended the courtesy we have for adults to children -Understanding the need or the fear behind scolding? -When we convey love, appreciation, acceptance, respect and empathy we make the child visible -When we convey Indifference, ridicule, condemnation and scorn drive child into "lonely underground of invisibility" -Inappropriate Praise -evaluative praise vs appreciative praise -state the facts and leave the evaluation to the child -Don't create "approval addicts" -A child needs sanity for healthy development -parents who can acknowledge that they make mistakes -embed values into family life, don't just preach them 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: The Who - "When I Was A Boy" Weezer - "In the Garage" Look Closer: Complete Liberty Podcast http://completeliberty.com/ NathanielBranden.com http://www.nathanielbranden.com/ An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication http://happinesscounseling.com/NVC_Intro.pdf Happiness Counseling Resource Page http://happinesscounseling.com/happiness-resources/ The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem (pdf) http://experiencelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/70-the-six-pillars-of-self-esteem.pdf
April 03, 2014 07:35 AM PDT
I'd like to get serious about incorporating meditation into my routine, and hopefully many of you are curious as well. I am joined by meditation teacher, Kyle Davis to discuss the basics and some benefits of the practice. My Questions: What is meditation? What are the different techniques? How can discover which practice is best for me? General guidelines? Posture, time, eyes, duration What are the physiological and psychological benefits? What are the benefits of working with a teacher? Look Closer: Meditation & Buddhism in Providence: Mindfulness for Busy People - http://meditationinrhodeisland.org/ Robert Anton Wilson - http://www.rawilson.com/
March 31, 2014 10:08 AM PDT
I am joined by a listener named Tony to discuss his public school teaching experience in the Bronx through New York State's version of Teach For America, and his experience and insights living and teaching in Turkey. We also run through a primer on Turkish politics, current events and history. Bumper Music: "Can I Kick It?" (Instrumental) A Tribe Called Quest Look Closer: Turkey Fears 'Deep State' Return - http://www.voanews.com/content/turkey-fears-deep-state-return/1874926.html The deep state (Turkish: derin devlet) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_state Secret Warfare: Operation Gladio and NATO’s Stay-Behind Armies - http://www.globalresearch.ca/secret-warfare-operation-gladio-and-natos-stay-behind-armies/5303061
March 28, 2014 10:54 AM PDT
Wes Bertrand and I continue our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today's show includes a discussion based on the sixth pillar, the Practice of Living With Integrity. Do your ideals, convictions, standards, beliefs and behavior line up? Do most people know what their ideals, convictions, standards and beliefs are? The root of self-esteem is not in accomplishment or output, but in our practices. However in school, we are only our output. WORDS AND BEHAVIORS MATCH “Integrity is the integration of ideals, convictions, standards, beliefs—and behavior. When our behavior is congruent with our professed values, when ideals and practice match, we have integrity. If they don't, we lose face in out own eyes." SUPERIORS AND AUTHORITY FIGURES untrustworthy because of incongruence Being an adult with an inconsistent boss was stressful enough "ONLY I WILL KNOW..." -dispel the idea that only the judgment of others counts -TRUTH: only mine counts when it comes to self-esteem LIVING WITH GUILT (original sin is anti-self esteem) 1. face and accept full reality, without disowning or avoidance 2. seek to understand why we did what we did 3. acknowledge to others the harm we've done, convey understanding of consequences 4. take restorative action 5. firmly commit to behaving differently in the future SELF ESTEEM isn't taught but IRRATIONAL STANDARDS ARE -religious teachings that damn pleasure, state, culture, society courage to challenge deepest assumptions of "good" -teaming living consciously with need for integrity to examine values we were taught -Practice of Integrity has inconsistencies in our lives explore this! why? -challenge: high personal standards while feeling like we're living in a moral sewer, the feeling of a lonely and heroic undertaking PRINCIPLE OF RECIPROCAL CAUSATION behaviors that generate SE are also expressions of SE practice of pillars genesprates a need for them, not work anymore (exercise or nutrition) 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 Questions to answer in this series: what is self-esteem? why is it important? what can we do to raise self-esteem? what role do others play in our self-esteem? The steps we'll try to follow for each pillar: -identify and define -what are the obstacles -personal stories, struggles -how to overcome them Bumper Music: The Who - "Who Are You" Donnie Iris - "Ahh Leah" Free - "All Right Now" Look Closer: Complete Liberty Podcast http://completeliberty.com/ NathanielBranden.com http://www.nathanielbranden.com/ An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication http://happinesscounseling.com/NVC_Intro.pdf Happiness Counseling Resource Page http://happinesscounseling.com/happiness-resources/ The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem (pdf) http://experiencelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/70-the-six-pillars-of-self-esteem.pdf
March 26, 2014 11:35 AM PDT
This supplemental podcast is an edited version Free Talk Live from 3-12-14. Ian and I planned to discuss a reason.com article called Homework Can Turn Your Kid Into a Stressed-Out Wreck, Researchers Say by J.D. Tuccille, but our discussion meanders into numerous school and education-related digressions. Included Topics: -Obedient Teachers -Ending Government School -Anger and Activism -Insane Homework Requirements -Young People Innovating -Compulsory Shakespeare -Common Core Full show:
March 18, 2014 02:00 PM PDT
Wes Bertrand and I continue our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today's show includes a discussion based on the fifth pillar, the Practice of Living Purposefully. 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 Questions to answer in this series: what is self-esteem? why is it important? what can we do to raise self-esteem? what role do others play in our self-esteem? The steps we'll try to follow for each pillar: -identify and define -what are the obstacles -personal stories, struggles -how to overcome them Bumper Music: They Might Be Giants - "Can't Keep Johnny Down" The Brown Derbies - "Eye of the Tiger" Acapella Michael Franti & Spearhead - "I'm Alive" Look Closer: Complete Liberty Podcast http://completeliberty.com/ NathanielBranden.com http://www.nathanielbranden.com/ An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication http://happinesscounseling.com/NVC_Intro.pdf Happiness Counseling Resource Page http://happinesscounseling.com/happiness-resources/ The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem (pdf) http://experiencelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/70-the-six-pillars-of-self-esteem.pdf
March 17, 2014 05:36 AM PDT
Back in December I stumbled across an article on Forbes.com called Josh Kaufman: It Takes 20 Hours Not 10,000 Hours To Learn A Skill. It sound like a gimmick, but I decided to take a closer look. Many may find some of the suggestions obvious, but there are opportunities here to examine David Allen's Getting Things Done method, ideas about learning, and why we sometimes fail at new pursuits. Bumper Music: "So Fresh, So Clean" (Instrumental) Outkast Look Closer: Josh Kaufman: It Takes 20 Hours Not 10,000 Hours To Learn A Skill - http://www.forbes.com/sites/danschawbel/2013/05/30/josh-kaufman-it-takes-20-hours-not-10000-hours-to-learn-a-skill/ first 20 hours -- how to learn anything: Josh Kaufman at TEDxCSU - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MgBikgcWnY Outliers (Book) by Malcolm Gladwell - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outliers_%28book%29
March 12, 2014 07:39 AM PDT
Part 3 in the survey series, A Renegade History Course. This is the third discussion with historian Thaddeus Russell, the author of A Renegade History of the United States. Discussed Today: -challenging ourselves with new voices and ideas -smoking pot in the Crown Plaza Hotel: aggression? -Kevin Carson and property rights -Is offensive behavior forwarding freedom -the presentation of liberty activists -what brings change? -employers vs. workers -are employment "contracts" really voluntary? -the state/corporate web -Fabianism: the state's gradual war on all fronts -Is the public ready for topless women on the street? -Miley Cyrus, freedom fighter? -Super Bowl commercial sexism? -balancing pleasure with personal responsibility -the cultural demand for a nuclear family -Can we discuss morality without shaming? -Self-regulation for and against the state -Cultural imperialism and cause consciousness -Founding Hypocrites: Jefferson, Adams and Rush Bumper Music: "Today" - Jefferson Airplane "Pass That Dutch (Instrumental)" - Missy Elliott "They Reminisce Over You" (Instrumental) - DJ Shoji "Party In the USA" Miley Cyrus Look Closer: Thaddeus Russell's Site - www.thaddeusrussell.com Thaddeus On Stossel - http://youtu.be/xpelVE7trK0
March 07, 2014 09:31 AM PST
Wes Bertrand and I continue our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today's show includes a discussion based on the fourth pillar, the Practice of Self-Assertiveness. LIVING CONSCIOUSLY and asking in every applicable situation: Am I being authentic or not? Assertion of consciousness, see, think, be aware, outward and inward -ask questions -challenge authority -think for oneself SELF-ASSERTIVENESS isn't tested by what we are against, but by what we are for COMMITMENT: to my right to exist CONVICTION: my ideas and wants are important CONCLUSION: no one is coming, we are all responsible for our own existences all relate to COURAGE: When we were young: we were taught that what we think and want are not important and we're often left with an underdeveloped sense of identity and unnecessary "what if" worries... -if I express myself -if I love and affirm myself -if I am too happy with myself -if I stand out -how to balance this with most people's lack of appropriate self-assertiveness -living as spectators instead of actors or participants standing and moving "as if they have no right to the space they occupy" WHAT DOES SELF-ASSERTIVENESS look like? -confront challenges -strive for mastery in self and what we pursue -expand the boundaries of our ability to cope -learn, challenge, venture into unfamilair spaces -persevering through challenges -be in an intimate relationship without abandoning our sense of self -kind without self sacrifice -cooperation without betraying standards and convictions -how many great minds and great ideas were suppressed throughout history? simply because they had nowhere to go -authenticity -author -authority ALL derived from: auctor "master, leader, author" Who is the author of your story? 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 Questions to answer in this series: what is self-esteem? why is it important? what can we do to raise self-esteem? what role do others play in our self-esteem? The steps we'll try to follow for each pillar: -identify and define -what are the obstacles -personal stories, struggles -how to overcome them Bumper Music: "Punchup At A Wedding" Radiohead "Hold Your Head Up" Argent Look Closer: Complete Liberty Podcast http://completeliberty.com/ NathanielBranden.com http://www.nathanielbranden.com/ An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication http://happinesscounseling.com/NVC_Intro.pdf Happiness Counseling Resource Page http://happinesscounseling.com/happiness-resources/ The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem (pdf) http://experiencelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/70-the-six-pillars-of-self-esteem.pdf
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