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Latest Productions

March, 2018

  • 13 March

    [PODCAST] #548: Is College Worth It? Economist Bryan Caplan Says No

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    Today, everyone is asking "is college worth it?" Oh, wait a minute...no they're not. In fact, considering the looming student loan debt crisis and troubling graduation numbers, almost nobody is thinking deeply and carefully enough about this question. Furthermore, most students, parents, teachers and guidance counselors still view college as the only path a "college track" high schooler should consider. College is simply regarded as inevitable; it's the 13th grade. Enter Dr. Bryan Caplan. Bryan is a Professor of Economics at George Mason University and the author of a provocative new book titled The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money. His thesis: "Civilized societies revolve around education now, but there is a ...

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  • 5 March

    [PODCAST] #547: Building Your Own Credential and Career (Derek Magill, Part Two)

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    Part Two of Two - Please Make Sure You Heard Part One! As as follow up to our conversation on dropping out of college, Derek Magill and I explore how to "build your own credential" in lieu of a degree. Derek explains why he believes such a self-directed credential is superior to the four-year degree, and he illustrates how you go on to signal that credential in the market. Derek is just twenty-four years old, but he is already enjoying great success as an entrepreneur, freelancer and writer. He also currently serves as the Director of Marketing for Praxis. Derek dropped out of the University of Michigan during his sophomore year because he "was not finding the experience valuable towards ...

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February, 2018

  • 28 February

    [PODCAST] #546: Dropping Out of College, Why and How (Derek Magill, Part One)

    Part one of Two - Derek Magill joins me to discuss his personal journey through and beyond dropping out of college. Derek is just twenty-four years old, but he is already enjoying great success as an entrepreneur, freelancer and writer. He also currently serves as the Director of Marketing for Praxis. Derek dropped out of the University of Michigan during his sophomore year because he "was not finding the experience valuable towards (his) intellectual and professional goals." He adds: "Over the last four years or so, my decision to leave has been vindicated. I’ve got a wonderful life, a great career, and I’ve gotten to spend 3-4 extra years pursuing my values on my own terms." My questions include - ...

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  • 27 February

    [BONUS] The Long, Bumpy, Endless and Essential Road of Personal Development

    Brett, Andrew and James Mastermind on a variety of personal development topics: Emotional Health, Fitness, Financial, Productivity, Organization, Focus Andrew identifies his reasons for wanting to improve: * Want to be confident in my decisions * Want to be more understanding * Want to master tasks and actions * Want to be successful * Want to stop squandering * Want to be more stable * Understand other's reasons How did each of us begin this journey? What are our strengths and weaknesses? (we tell each other) Or click HERE. Click HERE to jump to the right part of the video.

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  • 23 February

    [SUPPLEMENTAL] #545: Just Let Me Draw Please. This Is Important.

    Here are some highlights of my recent interview on the new and rapidly growing Free Man Beyond the Wall Podcast. Mance and I discuss our experiences as students, and I share a story about the intense desire I felt as a teenager to create and produce things that were meaningful for me, even if they meant nothing to anyone else. Unfortunately, my needs for self-efficacy and output were met by demands to relegate my mind to being a stationary receptacle for meaningless crap. Mance discusses what he learned from having a lucrative job at very young age, and I relay my recent experiences visiting alternate education centers that prioritize real world immersion. One of the main themes in this show ...

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  • 16 February

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

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    Part 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? Considering the massive school bureaucracy. -Are ...

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  • 14 February

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

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    Part 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 Has Their Creativity. Peter informs us ...

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  • 12 February

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

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    Part 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. These foundations include: - Curiosity: the ...

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  • 4 February

    [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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  • 2 February

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

    Do 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, Anxiety, Procrastination, Assertiveness, Self-esteem, Relationship Help ...

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