Hannah Braime is the founder of BecomingWhoYouAre.net, a self-relationship coach, and an author. She joins me to discuss her book, The Ultimate Guide To Journaling.
-What is journaling?
-getting to know the voices in our heads
-living more consciously
-how to journal
-failing to keep on track
-finding the right mindset
-dealing with resistance
-written journal ideas (dominant and non-dominant hands, dealing with upset and worry, gratitude journal, nurture lists)
-self-care activities vs. nurturing activities
-sentence completion exercises (The Art of Self Discovery)
-what do we do with our journals?
-retrospecting, looking for patterns
-the inner child and dissociation
-language, what does it reveal?
Look Closer:BecomingWhoYouAre.net - http://becomingwhoyouare.net
The Ultimate Guide To Journaling - http://www.becomingwhoyouare.net/shop/the-ultimate-guide-to-journaling/
HappinessCounseling.com - Resources - http://happinesscounseling.com/happiness-resources/
The Art of Self Discovery, by Nathaniel Branden - http://happinesscounseling.com/The_Art_Of_Self-Discovery_Nathaniel_Branden.pdf
Through the years, School Sucks Podcast has been a great outlet for my thoughts, feelings and frustrations about my teaching experience. I had always hoped the show could eventually serve as a forum for other former and active teachers to do the same. Yet, it's rare that I can get an active teacher to talk to me.
Then last week, I received this email:
I've been binge-listening to your show since discovering it, and I want to thank you for providing my introduction to libertarianism as well as the fascinating and thoughtful discussions about science, the trivium, and non-violent communication.
I am currently a teacher wrapping up my 15th and last year in the field, and I appreciate your perspective on how the system impacts upon the teachers as well as on students and families. As a child, I was obedient and invested in school, and I followed the path paid out for me all the way to the Ivy League. But now, looking back on that "success", I can see that I was indoctrinated into playing by the rules of the system, and it's only now as an adult that I can step back and see how the system is set up to lead people like me to "safe" thinking and aspirations - to love Big Brother to the point where we sign on to help others learn to love him too.
One topic that I would love to see more prominently on your show is the conscious use of behaviorism to control the thoughts and actions of students, particularly in special education. This is unfortunately an area in which I've had lots of first-hand experience, having worked primarily with kids with diagnosed disabilities, including "oppositional defiant disorder" and "ADHD". Just as one small example, this year my school adopted an oppressive system of constant praising for compliance and publicly displaying children on a chart labeling their behavior, which I have simply refused to use. Even so, the structure of the classroom itself ensures that the environment is only functional when kids comply, defer to me as the authority, suppress their own needs and curiosities, and accept the structure imposed on their bodies and thoughts. (Including chemically, in many cases.)
This moral dilemma was always lurking in the background, but in my early days of teaching, I had more freedom to work WITH the kids to try to make their experience more rewarding. Now, the structure has tightened up to the point where that's no longer possible. If you'd like to explore this topic further I'd be happy to provide more details.
I'm leaving teaching as soon a as my contract is up, and I am going to be homeschooling my own child. I am sure my school will quickly find some eager, naive replacement who will think she's helping kids overcome their "issues".
Thanks again for your podcast - it really is a great resource for those of us waking up out of the Matrix.
Meredith and I discuss our common experiences, our roles in behaviorist schooling environments, the handicap of the special ed label, parent involvement and attitudes and The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem.
Look Closer:Previous Shows on Behaviorism - http://schoolsucksproject.com/tag/behaviorism/
Educational Theories - Behaviorism Vs. Constructivism
Applying behaviorism to our schools - http://joctl.blogspot.com/2009/03/applying-behaviorism-to-our-schools.html
Teaching Students With Learning Disabilities: Constructivism Or Behaviorism? - http://cie.asu.edu/volume8/number10/index.html
Outcome-Based Education Explained, by Ron Sunseri - http://www.sntp.net/education/obe_explained.htm
A SHORT ANGRY HISTORY OF AMERICAN FORCED SCHOOLING - http://4brevard.com/choice/Public_Education.htm
The Underground History
of American Education: A Schoolteacher's Intimate Investigation Into The Problem Of Modern Schooling
Part four, and the last of the foundational episodes, in our series examining the concept of scientific consensus and contrasting it with the voices of dissenters who find value in minority scientific opinions, theories and conclusions. It will also ask the question: is there any way to bridge the gap? Darrell Becker will be co-hosting all episodes in this series.
In the second installment of this series, we explored strategies for more constructive and connected communication with others. Today we discuss strategies for better communication with ourselves.
We discuss some of the meta-talk in this climate change "debate"
Dimensions of the Habits of Mind
Value: Choosing to employ a pattern of intellectual behaviors rather than other, less productive patterns.
Inclination: Feeling the tendency to employ a pattern of intellectual behaviors.
Sensitivity: Perceiving opportunities for, and appropriateness of, employing the pattern of behaviors.
Capability: Possessing the basic skills and capacities to carry through with the behaviors.
Commitment: Constantly striving to reflect on and improve performance of the pattern of intellectual behaviors.
Policy: Making it a policy to promote and incorporate the patterns of intellectual behaviors into actions, decisions, and resolutions of problematic situations.
7 Ways to Deal with Uncertainty to be Happier and Less Anxious
1. Replace expectations with plans.
2. Prepare for different possibilities.
3. Become a feeling observer.
4. Get confident about your coping and adapting skills.
5. Utilize stress reduction techniques preemptively.
6. Focus on what you can control.
7. Practice mindfulness.
See Brett's notes here.
Series Background:"My thesis is that the criteria by which individuals are deemed qualified or unqualified to become professionals involve not just technical knowledge as is generally assumed, but also attitude—in particular, attitude toward working within an assigned political and ideological framework. I contend, for example, that all tests of technical knowledge, such as the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), are at the same time tests of attitude and that the examinations used to assess professional qualification are no exception. I consider in detail how the neutral-looking technical questions on such examinations probe the candidate's attitude.
The qualifying attitude, I find, is an uncritical, subordinate one, which allows professionals to take their ideological lead from their employers and appropriately fine-tune the outlook that they bring to their work. The resulting professional is an obedient thinker, an intellectual property whom employers can trust to experiment, theorize, innovate and create safely within the confines of an assigned ideology. The political and intellectual timidity of today's most highly educated employees is no accident."-Jeff Schmidt, Disciplined MindsBumper Music:
"Lucky Man" The Verve
Look Closer:Darrell's Site: Voluntary Visions - http://voluntaryvisions.com/
Darrell's Communication Glossary - http://schoolsucksproject.com/practical-definitions-voluntary-communication-by-darrell-becker/
Scientific Consensus and the Argument From Authority - https://skeptoid.com/blog/2013/04/09/scientific-consensus-and-the-argument-from-authority
T&H Trivium Resources - https://www.tragedyandhope.com/trivium/
Logic Saves Lives Series - http://schoolsucksproject.com/category/podcast/logic-saves-lives/
What do jeans, sardines, elections, stickers, cats, Edward Bernays, garbage union strikes and Egyptian pharaohs have in common? Nothing...except this episode of the Freedom Feens.
Derrick J and Brett Veinotte (from the School Sucks Podcast) talk about the evils of Manufacturing Consent. This show is an historic event, first-ever show done from a remote studio of another show via FeenPhone.(The other show is Rebel Love Show, and Rob is on for the first segment)
Osborne, Gardner Goldsmith and I continue our once-a-month listener participation live show where we discuss our recent shows, projects, challenges, investigations, etc...
-Osborne's political challenges on the Education Board in the NH House of Representatives
-The NEA, its power and its history
-the challenges of teachers working within the public system
Look Closer:Brett's Show Notes Folder - http://www.evernote.com/l/AK1QvA_EO-9EBZEpQuQ9U76WpSu33QymPV8/
Liberty Conspiracy - http://libertyconspiracy.com/
My second collaboration with Kevin Geary, integrative health coach and founder of RebootedBody.com. Our discussion is built around two emails I received from listeners, each facing different challenges in their quests for health and fitness.
-The origins of RebootYourKids.com
EMAILS DISCUSSED:#1: I was listening to your podcast about procrastination and you mentioned your diet. You said that you ate a lot of garbage and came up with excuses on why it is you can't or don't eat well. This resonates with me so much! I was wondering if you had any advice on getting the ball rolling with dietary changes. As someone who is an incredibly picky eater and doesn't know the first thing about what the human body needs, the task of eating well seems overwhelming.
#2: I was introduced to the Low Carb/Bulletproof Diet via your show. I believe you were chatting with either Wes Bertrand or Richard and Tony about the diet - and how following it had given you more energy and an overall improvement in health. Without any further study or research, I decided to give the diet a try - that being a diet consisting of: no wheat, pasta, grains; very few fruits; lots of grass-fed beef & butter, organic chicken, vegetables, coconut oil, and saturated fats.
One year and six months later, my health was in egregious condition. I developed a thyroid condition that resulted in bulging eyes; I developed frontal bossing (enlarged, protruding forehead); I developed TMJ and tongue thrust, which has resulted in slower speech. I also was suffering from both physical and mental lassitude - terrible brain fog, terrible fitness. What I listed above is just what is coming to mind at the moment; there is more, but I think that will do for now.
My question to you is this: Assuming that you are still following the diet, how do you feel? Have you noticed any changes in your appearance: bulging eyes, frontal bossing, tooth decay, etc? Would you say that you are in better health since adhering to the Low Carb lifestyle?
I'd really like to hear from you, and I hope I'm not being too snoopy. There is so much more I'd like to say, but I don't want to flood you with a tomb of haphazard thoughts. Look Closer:Rebooted Body - http://rebootedbody.com/
Reboot Your Kids - http://rebootyourkids.com/
Kevin's First Appearance on School Sucks Podcast - http://schoolsucksproject.com/podcast-301-getting-unstuck-from-procrastination-and-domestication-with-kevin-geary/
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/
School Sucks is a podcast, call-in show, You Tube channel, & web community promoting real education and rooting out state indoctrination.
We discuss home-education, self-education, critical thinking, peaceful parenting, personal growth, nonviolent communication & non-aggression
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...
"I've listened to almost all of the podcasts on here so far, very high quality. He mixes in a good sampling of media clips from movies or music that apply well to the topic. Also he adds a plethora of links to click through with each podcast."
"Sighs..must seek out some student teachers, and introduce them to School Sucks, Good luck Brett..wish we had him over here!"
"Brett has created a masterpiece. (5 stars) The tone of this show is warm and comforting; he takes listeners by the hand and walks them through perfectly crafted arguments. After twenty minutes of impeccable logic he proceeds to give a fatal blow to the root on every episode.
Brett has a gift to make the obvious seem obvious."
"More students and parents should listen to this. (5 Stars) Government schooling is the last place an impressionable child should be forced to attend. Brett does a great job of connecting the dots and explaining why there so many people that worship the government today."
"I really appreciate what you do, you truly help educate me so I can educate others with these perspectives and types of thinking.
Keep doing what you do , I promise you are making a huge difference in peoples lives and doing a very important work."
"Your points and prose are excellent, and the podcast production is very good as well. I look forward to listening to the rest of your episodes."
"Brett, been listening to your podcast. Absolutely love it. So awesome to hear folks of principle out there articulating these ideas."
"I love your new show. I am a disenfranchised republican / conservative and I have stumbled across the Libertarian community and it is really hitting a cord with me.
I am a young father of four and your insight on the educational system is dead on."
"First heard you on Complete Liberty podcast then checked out your School Sucks podcast. I think they all have been terrific. Keep up the great work."
"I listened to the first 3 epsiodes. I love your show.
It feels so good to have someone speak with moral clarity about such an important topic as education of my / our children.
It actually moved me to tears that you adress the immorality of the situation so frankly and so well organized. Very factual and yet very powerful. It feels like your clear words are healing old wounds from the betrayal of my own public education."
From Facebook Fan Page:
"WOW! one of the best podcasts I have listened to. Well done! you have put together a really amazing and educational series."
"I am caught up with your podcasts. They are EXCELLENT. Brilliant work. More, more, more!"
"Thanks for the fantastic podcast. It's so much more than just the END of public education. It's the END of the state and beautifully stated at that!"
"By far the best podcast I have found in a looooong time ! Fantastic work."
"Best podcast I found since freedomain radio!"
"Thank you for doing these podcasts! They are wonderful."
"Episodes 1 and 2 have been great, can't wait to get to all of them. Great job!"
"Great jerb so far, Brett. My single complaint is that the episodes just don't come fast enough!"
From PodOmatic Comments:
"This show is brilliant! I loved your Jabba the Hut metaphor for the state. He, Jabba, is just a big fat lazy turd, but stand up to him and he'll have his pig-guards (police) beat you up or throw you to the Sarlacc (Prison)!
Keep it up!"
"Great podcast. You are really producing quality work here. Thanks."
"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."
"This is probably my favorite so far. Just hearing you two bounce back and forth the logic and ideas you have in a freestyle manor is really great. I learned a lot and realized my natural curiosity is OK. The strange structure that is college and below really makes me feel bad about my natural curiosity and excitement for new ideas. Thank you for validating me."
"Stefan, talking to Brett brings so much value for us all... especially for future generations. Amazing discussion! Thank you"
"This is one of the greatest conversations I've ever heard. I have to take a break just to take in what I've listened to in 20 minutes. And I've listened to these types of arguments before, but something else is going on here, and I can't process it in real time."
"Wow, Thank you Stef for introducing this young man to us! You were both sharp and very engaging! I have goose-bumps while viewing this exciting coming-together of brave men to do good!"
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