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[PODCAST] #551: What It Means To Be Educated – Blake Boles (Part 2)

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Part Two of Two Today's show is intended as a resource for listeners looking to share the ideas of alternative education and self directed learning with their friends and family, or with anyone wants to learn more about these subjects. Blake Boles builds exciting alternatives to traditional school for self-directed young people. He runs the company Unschool Adventures and is the author of The Art of Self-Directed Learning, Better Than College, and College Without High School. Blake and I discuss the path to more self directed learning 1. How to define the current school problem 2. Why Schooling is not the same as education 3. John Taylor Gatto's definition of real education 4. The attributes of an educated person 5. ...

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

Special 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 Sucks is one of the longest ...

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[PODCAST] #537: The Richmond Autodidacts Roundtable

(#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 education podcasts and leads to new ...

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

(#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 college). Your support keeps the show ...

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[PODCAST] #534: Cut Your Own Path (With Michael, Kristin and Elle)

(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY THIRTY-TWO - NOV 15 - Outside Albuquerque, NM) Kristin and Michael are a young couple raising their eight-year-old daughter Elle in the enchanted land of New Mexico. The first three days of travel from Los Angeles were somewhat tiring and stressful, but when Nick and I arrived at their home my mood changed and I was quickly reminded of why I wanted to take this trip. After Elle gave us a tour of their spectacular backyard, Kristin and Michael told me their daughter "likes to make her own paths." 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 ...

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[PODCAST] #533: A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell – Live Interactive Podcast (Part 2 of 2)

(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY TWENTY-NINE - NOV 12 - LOS ANGELES, CA) The final event of Renegade University and School Sucks Project Present A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell. Attendees grab the mic and discuss the following topics: Paul Gibbons Polyamory and the family Marcy and Olivia A mom brings her home-educated 14-year-old daughter from Hawaii to expose her to new and uncomfortable ideas. Stan Tragedy and Hope, The Trivium, technocracy and the future Nick Ulbrick Thad's relationship with Foucault and Freud, and his choices as a writer and historian 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 ...

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[PODCAST] #531: Michael Malice Interviews Brett

Supplemental Show - Michael Malice and Brett discuss the history of public school, educational alternatives, School Sucks Across America, parenting, helicopter stuff, etc... Check out the PATREON or the A/V CLUB version for more commentary on mistakes and missed opportunities. 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 education podcasts and leads to new people discovering our work. Please help us ...

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[PODCAST] #528: A Roundtable of Hot Topics! In Denver

(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY EIGHTEEN - NOV 1 - DENVER, CO) Denver was one of the biggest gatherings of the tour, with many attendees who were unfamiliar School Sucks Project. After I introduced myself and my work, we got comfortable with each other pretty quickly and delved into a fast-paced group discussion covering a variety of interesting and controversial topics. Topics: Stef, Trump-Mania, tribalism, mining educational resources out of public schools and colleges, how DASH might provide educational solutions, the problems with the term "fake news," the emotional rewards of social justice (and libertarianism), intellectual smack-downs, the Tavistock Institute, victim narratives, physically unhealthy classroom environments, white savior complex, the anti-fragility of Bitcoin View all shows from School Sucks Across America Please ...

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[PODCAST] #527: How Our Three-Year-Old Helped Transform Our Political and Parenting Philosophies

(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY SIXTEEN - OCT 30 - WICHITA, KS) Jerrod and Shawna join me at the end of a very eventful day in Kansas to discuss their evolution as parents/thinkers/doers, and how their first child provided a push in the right direction. We also talk about Shawna's public school teaching experience, how children reveal hypocrisy, the Love and Logic parenting method, dealing with doubts and fears about peaceful parenting and alternative education, and some of my new insights on school vs. education after sixteen days on tour. View all shows from School Sucks Across America Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Support Us On Patreon Shop With Us At ...

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[PODCAST] #526: Sparks Academy (Founder Interview and Student Discussion)

(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY SIXTEEN - OCT 30 - WICHITA, KS) This podcast has two parts. The first is an interview with Julie Price, the founder and owner of Sparks Academy. The second is a very informal living room discussion with many of the young learners who attend Sparks. Julie and I talked about the founding, mission and daily activity of her alternative education setting, and Sparks students describe how they direct their own learning. Huge thanks to Shawna and Jerrod Hein for hosting me in Kansas and for setting up this great event! View all shows from School Sucks Across America Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Support Us On ...

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[PODCAST] #522: Devin Fraze – A Life Worth Reading About

(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY TEN - OCT 24 - Touring the Columbus Learning Co-Op in Columbus, OH) This great connection might have never happened without the SSAA tour. Devin Fraze is the founder and director of the Columbus Learning Co-Op. He was once on track to become a certified public school math teacher, but he chose to opt out of college and pursue his own path. This story is amazing. Devin and I discuss our similar paths away from classroom teaching, John Taylor Gatto, religion, stoicism, problems with math instruction, overcoming self-doubt, and the future of self-directed learning. Our conversation also includes the 2 questions: - What is your "school sucks" story? In other words, how did you come to realize ...

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[PODCAST] #520: Circle School Roundtable (With Tony Myers and Over 20 Young Self-Educators)

(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY SIX - OCT 20 - Harrisburg, PA) Tony and I ask and answer questions with Circle School students and staff. From the The Circle School website: A pioneer in integral education, The Circle School’s program balances freedom and responsibility in a self-directed, democratic community. Students are free to choose their own activities, while sharing with staff responsibility for the day-to-day management of all aspects of the school. Several participants will address these two questions: - What is the most exciting or satisfying thing you've taught yourself this year? - What is the biggest challenge for you? Learn more about School Sucks Across America A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell Please Support "School Sucks Across America" Our Amazon Wish ...

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[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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[PODCAST] #512: School Sucks Across America (With Thaddeus Russell)

Thaddeus Russell joins me to make the biggest announcement in the history of School Sucks Project. We look forward to your participation! Also: The Next Renegade University and School Sucks Project event is happening this November 10-12 in Los Angeles. For more information or to secure your spot, go to ThaddeusRussell.com/LosAngeles Please Support School Sucks 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 ...

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[PODCAST] #511: James Davis – Forced Learning Is Too Dangerous

(FreeCoast Fest, Day 1, Newmarket, NH) James Davis is a long-time School Sucks listener and supporter. He promotes and exemplifies peaceful parenting, self-directed learning and entrepreneurship in the NH seacoast liberty community. He is the co-founder at Daily Fantasy Sports Rankings and the co-founder at Camp Stomping Ground. Discussion: - who is going to help your kids gain context for the things they see in the world - children are targets for political manipulation - sailboat children: basic literacy without critical thinking - how James and his wife moved from preparing to be public school teachers to embracing self-directed education - why most teachers and parents aren't experimenting, learning and seeking best practices - Be a Sherpa, not a sculptor ...

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[PODCAST] #504: Unenclosed Children and Self-Directed Learning – With Kerry McDonald

Kerry McDonald holds an M.Ed. from Harvard University, where she studied education administration, planning, and social policy. She is a writer for Natural Mother Magazine, the Foundation for Economic Education, and Intellectual Takeout. She is a founding member of AlternativesToSchool.com, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education. Her blog is Whole Family Learning. She joins me today to discuss - her professional/academic education background - how she learned about and embraced self-directed learning - her current online projects - how education works in her home (and beyond), for each of her 4 children - promoting self-directed education - Benefits of Self-Directed Learning - her article "Cultivating An Unenclosed Childhood" Please Support School Sucks ...

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[PODCAST] #498: Daniel Ameduri – Self-Directed Financial Education

Daniel Ameduri is entrepreneur, investor and the President of Future Money Trends. He joins me today to discuss teenage entrepreneurship, self-directed learning and being a You Tube pioneer. Dan's You Tube Channel: Discussion: - If You Want to Be Rich & Happy Don't Go to School - The influence of Robert Kiyosaki - The college drop-in - School in the way of Dan's learning - Dan's wife left a career as public school teacher to home-educate their children; she had a lot to unlearn - real estate investing and flipping - 10 years ago... Dan takes his warnings of a real estate bubble to You Tube - intellectual dependence exacerbates the financial crisis - The value of college; Dan's advice ...

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[PODCAST] #378: An Introduction To Self-Directed Learning and Living For Teens (with Nick Hazelton)

This episode is what The School Sucks Project is all about! Nick Hazelton, the seventeen-year-old creator of The Anarch-Yakitalist Podcast, is back to share his new self-education plan. Nick first reached out to me in early 2014 to discuss the possibility of leaving school (he was a freshman at the time)and becoming a farming entrepreneur. You can watch a clip of that conversation here: Nick left school this September to pursue this venture on a full-basis. He is still very committed to his education, and he asked me for some guidance on taking it into his own hands. Discussed: -Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age (Wired.com) -questions for potential autodidacts -identifying strengths and how to use them -selecting ...

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[PODCAST] #351b: Twelve Arguments For Home Education (2 of 2)

Jeff Till (fivehundredyears.org) is a business owner, School Sucks listener, and home-educating parent. He recently added a well-researched, concise and easily sharable entry to his blog called "A Complete Case for Home Education (54 Arguments)." He joins me today to discuss the following arguments: 7. The argument against peer pressure Conformity training leads to students not wanting to be different and to gain the mass approval of others. This is peer pressure, and it can force kids into behaviors they don’t want and bring feelings of rejection, embarrassment and shame. Home education doesn’t teach conformity and lessens the effects of peer pressure because the groups of people they associate with are voluntary. 8. The argument for creating a diverse network ...

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[PODCAST] #351a: Twelve Arguments For Home Education (1 of 2)

Jeff Till (fivehundredyears.org) is a business owner, School Sucks listener, and home-educating parent. He recently added a well-researched, concise and easily sharable entry to his blog called "A Complete Case for Home Education (54 Arguments)." He joins me today to discuss the following arguments: 1. The argument for happiness and for empathy School makes many if not most kids unhappy. They don’t like most of their school work. They don’t like being told what to do every second of the day. They don’t like having to be part of cliques or getting bullied. They don’t like taking tests. They don’t like getting grades. They hate homework. Getting up early stinks. The bus sucks. So does the food. Sometimes parents hate ...

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