Matt Beaudreau on Post-Conventional Education

Ostrolenk, and co-host Deidre Hackleman, speak with Matt Beaudreau on post-conventional education. Beaudreau chronicles his own journey working as an educator in conventional education systems, and his observations of how standardized education leads to simplicity of throught. Conversely, in the post-conventional educational systems in which Beaudreau teaches, children learn personal goal-setting, discussion skills, and how to impact their communities, in addition to basic skills. Ultimately, children learn autonomy and self-awareness that not only prepares them for college, but for a successful life. To learn more about Beaurdreau and post-conventional education, visit http://www.actonacademy.org/ and http://www.theeducationdude.com/ and follow him on twitter @educationdude and @mattbeaudreau.

New Models of Policy Change, #ORadio

Ostrolenk speaks with Heather Hurlburt, director of New Models of Policy Change, Political Reform Project at New America. This relatively new think tank works to move innovative ideas into the policy debate. Hurlburt discusses her research into “transpartisan” approaches — building coalitions across party lines that are built on shared interests rather than centrist compromises — to criminal justice reform, Pentagon budget reform and climate change. She also elaborates on the disconnect between ideas and politics, and how confidence in one’s own beliefs, and an open mind to others, can help bridge the gap. Hurlburt concludes by providing advice on how to participate in the current system, and continue to bring new ideas, without getting caught in the current orthodoxy.

To learn more about Heather Hurlburt and her work visit newamerica.org and click on political reform.

New Models of Policy Change, #ORadio

Ostrolenk speaks with Heather Hurlburt, director of New Models of Policy Change, Political Reform Project at New America. This relatively new think tank works to move innovative ideas into the policy debate. Hurlburt discusses her research into “transpartisan” approaches — building coalitions across party lines that are built on shared interests rather than centrist compromises — to criminal justice reform, Pentagon budget reform and climate change. She also elaborates on the disconnect between ideas and politics, and how confidence in one’s own beliefs, and an open mind to others, can help bridge the gap. Hurlburt concludes by providing advice on how to participate in the current system, and continue to bring new ideas, without getting caught in the current orthodoxy.

To learn more about Heather Hurlburt and her work visit newamerica.org and click on political reform.

Chasing Liberty: Ostrolenk Speaks to his Views #ORadio

Ostrolenk continues with part II of being interviewed by Kiki Weingarten (@coachkiki), covering topics including government overreach, the 4th amendment, transpartisan coalitions, and his larger strategic plan for the Liberty Coalition. Ostrolenk begins by explaining his libertarian sensibilities, which differ from being a libertarian in title. His views on the 4th amendment are shaped by the fact that the founding fathers created our country with libertarian principles; Although they were not aware of the technological changes we would someday see, any reinterpretation of the 4th amendment to today’s realities must still be done with the same intention to protect privacy and liberty. Lastly, his libertarian sensibilities shape his overall mindset; Ostrolenk distinguishes between a liberty mindset and a security mindset, and why he identifies with the former.

Different mindsets can, however, still collaborate for progress. Ostrolenk discusses his training as a transpersonal therapist and how it has helped him with his work on transpartisan coalitions by humanizing the political process, ultimately creating the space for political dialogue. Lastly, Ostrolenk touches on several issues including education and health, and how an open political dialogue can help solve many of the issues we face.

Chasing Liberty: Ostrolenk Speaks to his Views #ORadio

Ostrolenk continues with part II of being interviewed by Kiki Weingarten (@coachkiki), covering topics including government overreach, the 4th amendment, transpartisan coalitions, and his larger strategic plan for the Liberty Coalition. Ostrolenk begins by explaining his libertarian sensibilities, which differ from being a libertarian in title. His views on the 4th amendment are shaped by the fact that the founding fathers created our country with libertarian principles; Although they were not aware of the technological changes we would someday see, any reinterpretation of the 4th amendment to today’s realities must still be done with the same intention to protect privacy and liberty. Lastly, his libertarian sensibilities shape his overall mindset; Ostrolenk distinguishes between a liberty mindset and a security mindset, and why he identifies with the former.

Different mindsets can, however, still collaborate for progress. Ostrolenk discusses his training as a transpersonal therapist and how it has helped him with his work on transpartisan coalitions by humanizing the political process, ultimately creating the space for political dialogue. Lastly, Ostrolenk touches on several issues including education and health, and how an open political dialogue can help solve many of the issues we face.

Thoughts on the Current State of our Education System #MentalMusings

Ostrolenk shares his thoughts on the structure of the United State’s education system. Through his own experience in formulating interdisciplinary education programs, Ostrolenk describes how he has explored the origins of the U.S.’s system, the current critiques, and what alternatives are available. Focusing on various alternatives, Ostrolenk shares how education can be structured to advocate for a child’s learning, and ultimately foster more actively-participating citizens in our democracy.

Minimalism, the Search for Virtue and Education #FeinWisdom

Ostrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein about his thoughts on intellectual development, from our training through public education to our personal search for virtue. He comments on various lifestyle choices that either foster or impede intellectual development, including consumerism versus minimalism, and the desire for creature comforts versus the search for truth. Ultimately, the deficiencies of our educational system, Fein concludes, are a reflection of this degradation in our culture.

To learn more about Bruce and his work, check out his website at:  www.brucefeinlaw.com, or follow him on Twitter: @BruceFeinEsq

Minimalism, the Search for Virtue and Education #FeinWisdom

Ostrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein about his thoughts on intellectual development, from our training through public education to our personal search for virtue. He comments on various lifestyle choices that either foster or impede intellectual development, including consumerism versus minimalism, and the desire for creature comforts versus the search for truth. Ultimately, the deficiencies of our educational system, Fein concludes, are a reflection of this degradation in our culture.

To learn more about Bruce and his work, check out his website at:  www.brucefeinlaw.com, or follow him on Twitter: @BruceFeinEsq