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School Sucks Across America – Outbound Tour Schedule

What education is: a lifelong journey of seeking and integrating knowledge, intrinsically motivated and serving the needs of the individual learner What education isn't: compulsory, institutionalized schooling (and a lot of what's being taught in colleges) Background Brett Veinotte is a former teacher, teacher trainer and college admissions consultant. In 2009, after 10 years pf professional experience, he started the popular libertarian-leaning School Sucks Podcast. The central mission of School Sucks to make a clear distinction between schooling and education. The show offers weekly examples of what self-directed learning looks like, and aims to provide young people the building blocks of intellectual, financial and lifestyle independence. On October 15th Brett will begin a trip across the country to interview listeners, ...

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An Exciting Annoucement From Thad and Brett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThad and Brett are excited to announce... Renegade University and School Sucks Project Present "A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell" Happening this August in historic and tragic Salem, MA! Get Tickets: thaddeusrussell.com/courses/weekend More Shows With Thaddeus Russell: Thaddeus Russell vs. Academic Conformism (3 episodes) A Renegade History Course (10 episodes) SCHEDULE Friday, August 4th (multiple locations, Salem) 4:30pm - VIP Happy Hour 5:30pm - VIP Walking Tour: Salem's Renegade History 8:00pm - VIP Dinner with Thaddeus and Brett Saturday, August 5th (Hawthorne Hotel, Salem) 9:00am - coffee, meet and greet 10:00am - Renegade Views On Current Events, Discussion (Session one) 12:00pm - Lunch and Downtown Exploration 1:30pm - Renegade Views On Current Events, Discussion (Session ...

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[AUDIO EXTRA] Anti-Trump College Student Demands A Therapist (Role Play)

[DISCLAIMER: INSENSITIVE AND OFFENSIVE, SATIRE] Dakota is 19 1/2 years old. He majors in iambic pentameter at Keene State College. Since the election, he is literally terrified all the time. In this therapy session, we try to uncover the roots of his fears and discover his life's purpose. We then move on to some serious talk about Jordan Peterson, safe spaces, identity politics, courtesy, responsibility and freedom of speech. From Puke and the Gang episode 266

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School Versus Education?

WOODS: Your podcast – what category is it in in iTunes? Do they have an education category? VEINOTTE: Oh, yeah. There’s actually quite a bit of competition in the education category, because anything that’s like foreign-language instruction or how-to, gets thrown into the education category. I will say, though, that we are the only show that is consistently hitting on schooling versus education and looking at school issues, and not so much delving into all the problems of school like zero tolerance. We did that in the early days of the show and it got pretty tiring. Now we’re spending most of our time talking about what real education is, but also frequently reminding people that schooling, government schooling, is ...

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College “Fainting Couch” Feminism vs. “Freedom” Feminism – An Interview With Christina Hoff Sommers

[EDITED TRANSCRIPT, Click HERE for the podcast version] Two weeks ago I spoke on the phone with feminist, author and former academic Christina Hoff Sommers. At the time, I was concerned that the experiences I've had in the last year observing college culture have led to an overly hostile and simplistic view of both academia and feminism. I was hoping her perspective could provide some clarity and restore a sense of calm. I was quite frustrated about these issues as I began the interview, informing Christina I would like to discuss three of her books: Freedom Feminism, The War Against Boys, and Who Stole Feminism? Brett: Which of those have been set on fire? Christina: Someone on Tumblr burnt “The ...

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[AUDIO EXTRA] The Moon Landing and the Schools Sucking – Brett and Ben Stone On The Freedom Feens

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBrett and Ben talked about conspiracies, what makes them appealing, how to think about them, and how to investigate them. There is discussion of the legendary Dawn of Freedom show, from PorcFest 2015 when the Feens performed Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen live, nude, and in its entirety. Then Ben and Brett talk about the School Sucks Project, the Prussian School System, how to destroy a generation through brainwashing and debt, and how to escape such a system. Co-hosts talked over the miles via FeenPhone!

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Brett’s Weekly Work Log

This is what a slightly atypical (light) work week looks like at School Sucks Project. I have been tracking my work for the last two months using the Pomodoro method, which I highly recommend. Monday 8/24/15 9:57-10:30am - process emails 10:35-11:00am - update subscriptions 11:07-11:33am - edit first 20 min of pod #370 12:26-12:51pm - continue edit #370 12:56-1:31pm - finish first hour of #370 5:20-5:46pm - edit #370, session 2 5:51-6:16pm - continue edit #370, session 2 6:21-18:46pm - continue edit #370, session 2 11:54-12:19am - continue edit #370, session 2, to 2:02:00 mark Tuesday 8/25/15 9:30-9:56am - continue edit #370, session 2 10:03-10:28am - continue edit #370, session 2, to 2:21:40 mark 10:47-11:13am - continue edit #370, session ...

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[PORCFEST XII] Brett Hosts the Freedom Feens Live (Day Two, 1am)

With Davi Barker, M.K. Lords, Derrick J. Freeman, Randy England and Michael Dean. It was a great way to open the event, and we had such a fantastic time we decided to record a 4.5-hour aftershow. In this broadcast, we discuss our observations of the event so far and The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Lots of laughs and free sausages.

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[BLOG] Freedom in an Unreal World

First, a bit of explanation for the sparsity of my blogging. I’m currently working on a my final project, something they call a “capstone” (because it’s all about the branding). It’s kind of like doing a research project, but perhaps a bit more practical. My topic, in case I didn’t state it in an earlier post, is a guide for home educators (i.e. parents) in hiring a “professional teacher” (and what that term even means). You can be sure I’ll share it here when I’m done. Now to the subject of my post, which is an obvious reference to Harry Brown’s “How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World”. In this case, though, I’m referring to a completely fictitious world ...

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[BLOG – HOME EDUCATION] Teaching Writing

Every child is different and you need to find your groove with each one, but I thought I would share with you how I have been teaching encouraging writing with my kids. My oldest was, of course, the first to learn to write. We started when she was around four and a half years old, mostly just teaching the alphabet, naming and showing her the letters. When she would draw she would add little letters here and there, or just scribble lines that were supposed to be words. At that time, we were doing a distance-education program so I felt pressure to “get” my daughter to learn and do things. I spent a lot of time convincing and coercing her ...

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[BLOG – SCHOOL ISSUES] The Professional Teacher

Part One: A Definition (From LibertarianTeacher.com) As I have alluded to in a previous post, one of the important definitions to be made is in regards to the term ‘professional’ as it relates to teaching. Before we turn to the dictionary for a suggestion of meaning, we need to understand that this term is very vague. Professional implies that something is done as a profession (i.e. a career). It also, connotes a sense of high quality – the result of specialized knowledge and skills. In modern usage, it also has come to include the idea that there are rigorous credentialing processes that insure that only the best individuals attain this status. (Would that such a thing were a guarantee!) Now, ...

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[BLOG – HOME EDUCATION] Professionals, Teach Thyselves

Written by PapaLibertarian Some unfortunate homeschooled kids are upset about having to take remedial math when starting college. I get this – but why do such students not realize that this is also true for about half of those who attended government-provided and -managed and -regulated schools? This is not a reason for micromanagement of home education; it’s a reason for parents and students to take more responsibility. Yes, students. If you are about to enter college, why haven’t you already taken more responsibility for your own education? Why are you asking the government to manage your life? The Internet has been available since about 1992. Kahn Academy has been on Youtube for many years. Libraries have existed for much ...

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[BLOG – HOME EDUCATION ] Teaching Children to Read

How do we teach our kids to read? I am sure this is a common question among parents, and especially among homeschooling parents. I find this question a little redundant. We could just as easily ask, “how am I going to teach my baby to walk?” or, “how am I going to teach my child to talk?” We could stress about these questions and yet we don’t, so why do we let ourselves stress about teaching our children to read? I would say that the best way to teach reading to our children is to provide a rich learning environment, to model reading by reading yourself, and to read to your kids on a regular basis. Make reading a part ...

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[BLOG – SCHOOL ISSUES] How to Survive School: An Introduction

This article is aimed at young people who hate school and would rather be somewhere else. These young people often actually love to learn - the problem is that few subjects offered at school are interesting to them, or the way in which it is presented is just horribly boring. Before I go on, it is possible to legally get out of school, and get your education in other ways, through homeschooling or unschooling (if your parents will let you). Since this article is more focused on how to survive school if you can't get out, more information about those options will be listed at the bottom of this article. Here are five vital points that will help you keep ...

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[VIDEO] Brett Veinotte and Ali Havens On The Rebel Love Show

Its a Festivus miracle! We have finally released our episode with Brett Veinotte and Ali Havens. Long story short, slactivism and audio issues came into play with the recording of this episode. The episode was originally recorded on November 19th, 2014. Topics discussed on the show include Rob, Shire Dudes, and Ali's appearances in 101 Reasons Liberty Lives in New Hampshire, why both Rob and Shire Dude moved to Manchester, dating with in the community, Ali shares her first instance of meeting a "celebratarian", can you live off donations? Brett plans to create an imitation ice cream called Primalscream and Nutscream, Bret's new show is a health show? You will stop consuming liberty media once you move to the Shire, ...

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[HOW-TO] Keenevention Media Panel 11-1-14

With Stephanie Murphy, Christopher Cantwell, Garrett Ean and Brett Veinotte. Hosted by Mark Edge. Topics include marketing, monetization, production, advice for beginners, long-term goals Stream it here or get the A/V CLUB download link: HERE Learn More About: Stephanie Murphy Christopher Cantwell Garrett Ean Mark Edge

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Voluntarism: Ian Freeman and Brett Veinotte On Our Troubled Times Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadJay's Notes: In this episode we discuss Voluntarism and Libertarianism with Brett Veinotte of the School Sucks Podcast and Ian Freeman of Free Talk Live. First we talk about an article written by the New York Times on Free Keene and Ian Freeman and get his take on this "polite hit piece". Then we discuss some different aspects of what it would be like to live in a free society. Join us as we learn the true meaning of the New Hampshire motto, "Live Free or Die". Our Troubled Times: http://ourtroubledtimes.podomatic.com/ Free Talk Live: http://freetalklive.com/

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Education Freedom Report 05-13-14: Goddard Schools, Homeschool Fashion Designer

Story 1: An April 30th report released by The California Department of Public Health revealed that 2,500 California Schools are located within 1/4 mile of where pesticides are being heavily used. This is alarming considering A 2010 Harvard study that demonstrated how pesticide exposure doubles a child’s risk for developing ADHD, these chemicals damage the nerve connections in the brain. A Public Health Institute study also found that exposure to pesticides during pregnancy increase a child’s risk of autism sixfold. Latino children are 91 percent more likely than white children to attend schools near fields where these chemicals are being heavily used. A concerned parent in Central Valley community of Plainview, CA, said when kids come out of their school ...

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