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The 2017 Alternative Education Tour - #SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica
John Taylor Gatto - The Underground History of American Education
Peter Gray - Self-Directed Education

Latest Productions

October, 2017

  • 17 October

    [BONUS] Drive Journal – Day 2

    (AUDIO, 14 minutes) -From Keene NH to East Hartford CT -Mark from FTL -Anxiety and routines Click HERE to download. On October 15th Brett began a road trip across the country to interview listeners, parents and children about self-directed education, home education and other alternatives to public school/higher education. The School Sucks Across America Tour will last over 40 days and it includes stops in over 30 cities across the country. Through a series of interviews, Brett aims to take "alternative education" out of the abstract and to bring real life examples to thousands of young people. Related Posts[BONUS] Drive Journal - Day 3Tags: education, country, brett, tour, america, days, will, school/higher, alternatives, public[BONUS] Drive Journal - Day 9Tags: education, ...

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  • 16 October

    [BONUS] Brett On News With Nick

    (DAY TWO - OCT 16 - KEENE, NH) This morning I got to be a co-host on my favorite live news program. Nick Ryder and I discuss Muslims, Las Vegas oddities, the psychology of Harvey Weinstein, cultural implications of McDonalds sauce problems and much more. Show starts at 9:35.

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  • 16 October

    [AUDIO EXTRA] Brett Launches School Sucks Across America On Free Talk Live

    (DAY ONE - OCT 15 - KEENE, NH) Free Talk Live was an extremely important and influential show for me over ten years ago. Since Mark and Ian were largely responsible for launching me into libertarianism, I thought it was an ideal place to launch School Sucks Across America. Warning: Not the best night for callers. Show Topics School Sucks Across America :: Forest Fires :: Public Schools :: Jews! :: Activism :: Music Industry :: USA Doomed! :: Healthcare Subscription :: Standing for the National Anthem :: HOSTS - Mark, Jonny Ray, Brett V. Download audio HERE Related PostsFree Talk Live Saturday Show 11-2-13 (With Mark and Brett)Tags: sucks, brett, mark, talk, live, free, school

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  • 13 October

    [PODCAST] #516: The First Sphere of Freedom, With Jeff Berwick

    Brett and Jeff share two different approaches to confronting and recovering from depression and addiction. Plus travel tips! Learn more about School Sucks Across America A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell Anarchapulco Anarchast Please Support "School Sucks Across America" Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Support Us On Patreon Shop With Us At Amazon Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this message. This subscription also grants you access to the A/V Club, a bonus content section with 200+ hours of exclusive audio and video. If you are a regular consumer of our media, please ...

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  • 12 October

    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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  • 6 October

    [BONUS] The Art of Thinking Clearly

    (AUDIO, 43 MINUTES) Brett reviews Rolf Dobelli's book and applies some of its lessons to recent events. The Art of Thinking Clearly is essentially a "Cliff's Notes" version of Thinking, Fast and Slow, which was a focus of the SPEED AND POLITICS series. Or Click HERE.

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  • 6 October

    [PODCAST] #515: The Echo Chamber Wall Just Got 20 Feet Higher (With Nathan Fraser and Drew Sample)

    Nathan Fraser and Drew Sample join me to revisit a past topic - how the internet is connecting and dividing us - since new problems and opportunities are presenting themselves on a weekly basis. We focus a large portion of our discussion of the echo chamber effect that exacerbates division in society. How susceptible are we? And what can we do to avoid this problem? But first...both Drew and Nathan are making long trips to A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell in LA this November. We'll discuss why they decided to go and what they hope to get out of the event. Drew's Podcast: The Sample Hour Nathan's Company: Podcast Blastoff The Nathan Fraser Show Discussion: - Is technology splitting humanity ...

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September, 2017

  • 26 September

    [PODCAST] #514: Social Justice. Socially Engineered. (With Jay Dyer)

    (Above the Snowflakes Part 4) Our investigation continues... This series aimed to examine the philosophical roots of the current intensifying social justice movement, and how messages from academia have spilled out into popular culture and consciousness. Today, Jay Dyer joins me to argue that the phenomenon actually has darker origins. Jay is the author of Esoteric Hollywood: Sex, Cults and Symbols in Film and host of Jay's Analysis Podcast. We'll spend the first half hour talking about film analysis and his TV show, Hollywood Decoded. Then we'll discuss whether or not there is actually a kind of covert war against the minds of Millennials that began a long time ago, and with designs far more grand in scale. We focus ...

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  • 18 September

    [PODCAST] #513: Building Self Directed Learning Communities (With Diane Murphy)

    (FreeCoast Fest - Day 2 - Dover, NH) Diane Murphy taught in public schools for 30 years before she retired early to build BigFish, an innovative self-directed learning community in Dover, NH. I had the pleasure of speaking with Diane at the FreeCoast Festival and of hearing her presentation on BigFish. We sat down to discuss her past experience, current efforts and passion for self-directed learning and integrating teens into the real world. Discussion: - Diane's path out of public school - properties of natural learning - physical costs of school - A new model for a self-directed learning center - Cooperation and competition can work together - Community networking for real-world education and training - How teens move from ...

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  • 15 September

    [BONUS] Brett and Andrew’s Teen Saga, Part 5 – Burning Grandma’s Chairs

    (1 HOUR, 8 MINUTES) Brett remembers his freshman and sophomore years in college. Things take a dark turn indeed. Click HERE for link.

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