Yearly Archives: 2018

[PODCAST] #544: Peter Gray (Part Three) – A Future of Self-Directed Education

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPart Three of Three My marathon conversation with Peter Gray concludes with an exploration of Peter's vision for the future. It's a bold vision, but he describes the observations that led him to believe it will become a reality for more and more children and families in the coming years. The future is self-directed education. The Three Phases: 1. Discovery, learning about the world, the self and how the two fit together 2. Career Exploration, community/professional immersion, apprenticeship opportunities 3. Credentialing For Specialized Work, the Praxis idea of a better credential than the college degree Other Questions: -Does Peter have hope for government adoption of self-directed education? Publicly supported options? -How does education change? ...

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[PODCAST] #543: Peter Gray (Part Two) – School’s Impact On Creativity and Critical Thinking

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPart Two of Three Continuing our conversation on self-directed education, Peter and I discuss creativity and critical thinking - two skills we agree are left underdeveloped (or even damaged) by public school and college. This track leads us into a more general conversation about current college problems, including the anti-intellectual and anti-critical thinking trends of the recent years. On critical thinking, Peter has referenced studies and surveys that reveal about 50% of employers are dissatisfied with entry-level, college graduate employees (PayScale Inc.) and that college does little to improve higher level thinking (Academically Adrift: Limited Learning On College Campuses - 2011). On creativity, Peter wrote a piece called As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So ...

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[PODCAST] #542: Peter Gray (Part One) – Foundations of Self-Directed Education

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPart One of Three Dr. Peter Gray is a research professor of psychology at Boston College, and author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life. Peter serves on the Organizing team for the Alliance For Self-Directed-Education. He also runs a blog on Psychology Today called Freedom to Learn, where he regularly explains and promotes self-directed education from a variety of angles. Today Peter and I discuss how he distinguishes school from education, how school is disruptive to our "educative instincts," and the biological foundations of self-directed education. In other words, children come into the world biologically designed to learn. ...

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[BONUS] The Trials of A Young Autodidact

(AUDIO, 1 HOUR, 45 MINUTES) Twenty-two-year-old Danny McCarthy showed up at A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell in August and impressed a lot of people. He had traveled to Salem, MA from Cleveland. Then he and his girlfriend Alice camped three miles away from the event. His story brought Thad to tears. The experience left me wanting to learn more about him. He worked in a pizza parlor. He didn't go to college. He was extremely intelligent and well-read. On October 26th in Columbus Ohio, I got a chance to sit down with Danny, along with Alice, Alex Bell and Drew Sample. And I learned a lot. Or click HERE.

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[PODCAST] #541: What’s Between You and Your Goals?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDo you even have goals? We'll talk about that first. Antony Sammeroff joins me to discuss his new free book Procrastination Annihilation. In it he lays out his method for overcoming procrastination and changing his life, one step at a time. Today we focus our discussion around what he refers to as "The Five-Headed Dragon Between You and Your Goals." This includes: - All or Nothing - Perfectionism - Fatalism - Seeing things as things to be done rather than things to do - "I don’t feel like it. (ever)" Antony is the host of Be Yourself and Love It Podcast and Scottish Liberty Podcast. he also work as a professional coach on Depression, ...

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[BONUS] High School Janitor Confidential

(AUDIO, 62 MINUTES) Michael works as a custodian in a public STEM high school in the western United States. Recently he started listening to the School Sucks Podcast and he wanted to share some of his observations from the inside. He offers some fascinating and uncomfortable insights (both big picture and small) on public schooling, which he refers to as a "subsidized pyramid scheme." He also has an impressive personal story beyond his job. We'll discuss it in the show. Or click HERE:

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[PODCAST] #540: School Sucks Across America – Conclusion

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY FORTY - NOV 23 - EAST HARTFORD, CT) Richard Grove and Mark Iwanicki (a Montessori School Teacher) interview Brett and Nick about the School Sucks Across America return trip, the lessons learned along the way, and how the documentary will be organized. Plus a long monologue on some of my personal take-aways. And how some are a little hard to swallow. The Patreon version includes 45 additional minutes of audio, including a pre-show, out-takes, and my previously unreleased San Francisco driving meltdown. View all shows from School Sucks Across America Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest running liberty-minded ...

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[BONUS] Episode 540 Extras: Pre-Show, Outtakes, and Brett’s San Francisco Driving Meltdown

(AUDIO, 45 MINUTES) This audio picks up at the end of the regular show. It includes a pre-show in which we discuss Conspira-Tour! Specifically Dealey Plaza and the JFK assassination. This is followed by a couple of outtakes that didn't fit in with the conversation I wanted to present. There is some commentary from me, attempting to clear up contradiction and confusion. Finally, you'll get an unreleased drive journal, back from early November in which I experience a small meltdown as I arrive in San Francisco. Make sure you listen to the regular show! HERE Or click HERE Related Posts[PODCAST] #540: School Sucks Across America - Conclusion88(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY FORTY - NOV 23 - EAST HARTFORD, CT) Richard Grove and ...

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[PODCAST] #539: School Is A Choice – A Conversation With A Real Public School Teacher

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSpecial occasion! Brian Huskie is a public school teacher in New York. He joins me to discuss his discoveries about public school over ten years of teaching, his process of coming to terms with those discoveries, and the solutions he is working to develop. Brian founded a self-directed learning program called Huskie's Heros that we'll discuss in detail in this episode. His website is titled School Is A Choice. He is also the founder of the Albany High/Capital District Refugee Scholarship Endowment, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, and author of A White Rose: A Soldier’s Story of Love, War, and School Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School ...

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[BONUS] The Deep End 024 – With Richard Grove and Kevin Cole

(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY TWO - OCTOBER 16 - Hartford, CT) This is one of my favorite Deep End episodes. Even though it was filmed three months ago, it features several topics that are always worth revisiting and many that are becoming increasingly relevant. Title: The Deep End episode 024 Date Filmed: October 16, 2017 | Published: October 30, 2017 Featuring: Brett Veinotte, Kevin Cole, Richard Grove Guest’s webpage: SchoolSucksProject.com Topics: Brett’s “School Sucks Across America Tour” (going on now), the new civil war, Trump and media, Thinking Fast and Slow (book), and Creating and Launching Digital Products as demonstrated in the Entrepreneur Expertise group Video Link: vimeo.com/240423052 Password: TheDeepEnd024 Or click HERE.

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[PODCAST] #538: The Block Is Hot – With Roger Ver

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAt School Sucks, we strive to provide young people with the building blocks of intellectual, financial and lifestyle independence. Over the last year, we have overlooked a phenomenon that certainly relates to the last two: Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency explosion. My guest today is a man who has been one of the most prominent figures in Bitcoin promotion, education, growth and recent controversies. Roger Ver was the first investor in many successful Bitcoin startups, and he has worked for over 5 years on the adoption of Bitcoin as an alternative to fiat money, both inside and outside the voluntaryist community. Roger has referred to this effort as "the separation of money and state." And ...

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[PODCAST] #537: The Richmond Autodidacts Roundtable

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY THIRTY-EIGHT - NOV 21 - RICHMOND, VA) The final meetup: Nick and I were very happy to encounter a diverse, open and thoughtful group in Richmond, VA. Huge thanks to Larry, Travis, Isaac, Herzan, Allen and Kal for sharing their stories and their wisdom. View all shows from School Sucks Across America Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest running liberty-minded podcasts on the web, and the only one completely devoted to the issue of education (versus public school and college). Your support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for ...

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[PODCAST] #536: Raising Adults – Why Two Knoxville Radio Hosts Chose Home-Education

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY THIRTY-SEVEN - NOV 20 - Knoxville, TN) Huge thanks to Keri for organizing (on very short notice) and participating in this event. Sherry and Daniel run the popular Speaking Freely talk show on WETR in Knoxville. They join me to discuss some of the lessons they learned in school and how they each applied those lessons to the home-education/unschooling of their own children. View all shows from School Sucks Across America Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest running liberty-minded podcasts on the web, and the only one completely devoted to the issue of education (versus public school and ...

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