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Changing Habits: Why It’s Hard, How to Do It (MP3 download)

This course presents techniques for changing dysfunctional habits, based on the key stages of change: precontemplation, contemplation, action (goals), techniques for change and dealing with setbacks. The theme of the course: habits rarely change by direct will power because they operate subconsciously, therefore change must be achieved indirectly—by following...See More

Defending Free Speech

Freedom of speech is indispensable to a free and civilized society, yet this precious right is increasingly under attack today. • Islamic totalitarians repeatedly threaten and kill those deemed blasphemers, while our political leaders stand idly by, and many intellectuals blame the victims. • College students seek “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” from...See More
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From Sputnik to the Internet: Real Solutions for Reforming Science Education (MP3 download)

Sparked by frequent reports on the dismal state of Americans’ understanding of science, proposals abound for improving science education, keeping up internationally and promoting technological innovation. Why have such proposals not only failed but made things worse? This talk will review and evaluate the history of reform movements in science education, examining...See More

How to Think Long Range (MP3 download)

This talk describes various means by which people can enhance their ability to think and act long range. The core requirement is to integrate the future with the present. Useful techniques include: tying short-term goals to longer-term goals, prioritizing, using role models, tracking progress, writing down goals and plans, evaluating your pleasures, tying goals to...See More

Making Effective Choices in the Study Process (MP3 download)

In this highly useful lecture, Dr. Locke applies Ayn Rand's theory of volition to the process of study.

Message To Students (MP3 download)

For his final lecture of "Understanding Social Change"—a course he has taught for 25 years at York University—Dr. Ridpath offers his insights and observations gained over those years.

Motivation in Education (MP3 download)

Most educators take one of two approaches to motivating students: either they pander to students' short-range desires or they abandon motivation altogether, treating knowledge as an end in itself. Rejecting both approaches, Lisa VanDamme argues that motivation is vital, but that it must consist not of giving goodies for academic performance, but of demonstrating to...See More

Objective vs. Classical Education (MP3 download)

This talk examines both the virtues of "classical education," and its fundamental and rarely identified flaws.

Parent-to-Parent Teaching Tips: The Reading Habit/Money Management (Booklet)

In this booklet, Mrs. Crawford provides rational advice on teaching children two important lessons: how to acquire the reading habit and how to manage money. (Booklet; 25 pages)

Philosophy of Education (MP3 download)

In this five-lecture course from 1985, Dr. Leonard Peikoff presents a philosophy of education based on Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism. The course addresses such topics as the purpose of education, proper teaching methods, and a proper curriculum. Dr. Peikoff also discusses why the current state of education is failing. This course is not just for teachers but for...See More

Reclaiming Education - Part 2 (MP3 download)

In "Reclaiming Education," Lisa VanDamme presents principles of education developed through her experience as a home-school teacher. Mrs. VanDamme is now the owner and director of a private school founded on this unique approach. In this lecture, she describes the trials and tribulations of building VanDamme Academy, and she discusses new principles of education,...See More

Reclaiming Education: The Home-Schooling Alternative (MP3 download)

In this lecture Mrs. VanDamme presents her approach to education, based on her experiences as a home-school teacher. She offers intriguing views on proper educational methods (such as teaching science historically, to show its hierarchical development).

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