Monthly Archives: June 2014

#293: A Valedictorian Reflects On Her Experiences With “Playing School”

Posted by / June 18, 2014 / Leave a comment

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With Darrell Becker and his daughter, Cypress Ellen

Cypress has probably the most diverse educational and schooling experience of any guest we’ve ever had. She began in Montessori school, then spent six years in public school. There, she discovered that she preferred home schooling. And after two years at home, she moved on to a “Progressive” schooling environment. Today she joins me and Darrell in the studio to share her experiences and reflections.

Look Closer:
Darrell’s Site: Voluntary Visions –

Cypress’s Art Blog: shortakun –

#290: The Hazards of Disconnection – Two Conversations and An Article (With Darrell Becker, Mark Edge and Ian Freeman) on School Sucks Podcast

Posted by / June 9, 2014 / Leave a Comment

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A very long, winding, rather personal, lightly edited show addressing the dangers of social isolation and interpersonal disconnection. It expands into other topics from there.

Opening Monologue (START-0:06:59)
Free Talk Live warm-up discussion on isolation (0:07:00-0:33:30)
Reading/discussing the articleHow Extreme Isolation Warps the Mind (0:33:30-1:09:45)
Further discussion With Darrell Becker (1:09:45-END)

-Calm through context
-Isolation diminishes our standards for connection
-Positive and negative experiences with psychedelics
-Asocial vs. antisocial
-From cynicism to social isolation
-How romantic relationships can take us away from ourselves
-Darrell investigates the Free Keene conflict and attempts to connect
-Using logical and emotional tools
-When people become abstractions
-The island of the individual
-Illusions of balance in life
-Compliments and their motivations
-Brett’s fantasy baseball

Look Closer:
Darrell’s Communication Glossary –

Darrell’s Site: Voluntary Visions –

Santa Barbara Killer Elliot Rodger’s Isolation Strikes a Chord Among ‘Nerds’ –