The Voluntary Life: June 2018

28 June 2018

343 Listener Feedback on Questioning Education



I've had some interesting listener feedback from the recent episodes about questioning education. In this episode I respond to some of the points raised by listeners.

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339 Questioning Education
340 Review of The Case Against Education



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21 June 2018

342 Review of The Paradox of Choice



The Paradox of Choice, by psychologist Barry Schwarz, is a book that has influenced many people interested in minimalism. Schwarz argues that the extensive freedom of choice in affluent societies has become detrimental to psychological and emotional well-being. This episode provides a critical review of Barry Schwarz's arguments.

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14 June 2018

341 Peaceful Parenting, Unschooling, and Self-Directed Education



A interview with James and Taylor Davis from the One Free Family podcast. James and Taylor explain their approach to peaceful parenting and unschooling. We had a great discussion about questioning the concept of self-directed learning, and many other interesting topics.

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8 June 2018

340 Review of The Case Against Education



Most of what you learn in school and college is practically useless, yet education is (often) a very good investment. How can this be? This episode is a review of Bryan Caplan's book, The Case Against Education.

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3 June 2018

339 Questioning Education



This episode is the first in a series questioning key life choices around the topic of education. How valuable is education? How much education does it make a sense to get? Does education lead to greater freedom and fulfilment in life? I introduce different views on education that I will be exploring: the traditional view, the rebel view, and the realist view. I talk about why I think it is valuable to question education, even though getting a good education worked very well for me.

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