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December, 2019

  • 12 December

    Six Mistakes We Made In College, with Jim Hood [PODCAST #633]

    I actually made more than six mistakes, but for your purposes we'll stick with just six. Jim Hood is a father, entrepreneur, eventual autodidact, and a School Sucks listener. He and his wife Beth are also authors of a book called Test Drive Your Future, which has now evolved into an online course. If you are a self-educating teen or the the parent of any teen with college and career decisions on the horizon, it's worth your time (and financial security) to check out their work. The course focuses on helping teens choose a college and career path that fits their skills and talents, avoids massive student debt, and helps them stay interested, inspired and growing. Here's the link: Test ...

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November, 2019

  • 27 November

    The Micro-School Movement – with Kerry McDonald [PODCAST #632]

    Kerry McDonald returns to discuss the growing Micro-School movement. What is a Micro-School and why should we be talking about them? (and why am I excited about a school?) We'll also cover blended learning, the question of screen time for children, and a thriving micro-school network in Arizona Kerry recently profiled in Forbes Magazine. That article is called How Micro-School Networks Expand Learning Options Kerry McDonald is a Senior Education Fellow at FEE and author of Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom. She is also an adjunct scholar at The Cato Institute and a regular Forbes contributor. Kerry has a B.A. in economics from Bowdoin College and an M.Ed. in education policy from Harvard University. She lives ...

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  • 19 November

    First Moments, With Jay Harrington – Self-Discipline Part 5 [PODCAST #631]

    "Success, happiness, contentment, joy, accomplishment—all of these things hinge on one’s ability to tame the mind. To be conscious and aware. To make our minds our servants not our masters." Jay Harrington, LifeandWhim.com Jay Harrington is an entrepreneur, father, husband and adventurer who went from living the American dream to really living the American dream. He joins us today for fresh perspective on one of our ongoing topics: training the mind. I discovered Jay's great work while researching for our Self-Discipline series, through a blog article called Training the Mind: The Most Important Workout You’ll do in 2019. He opens with a problem: his mind not behaving the the way he would like. I can relate. We discuss several practices ...

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  • 12 November

    School Has Robbed Young People of Their “Why” [PODCAST #630]

    Dan Sanchez is the Director of Content at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) and the editor-in-chief of FEE.org. Dan is also the main writing coach for our friends at Praxis. He joins me today for a fresh take on a familiar problem: young people are drowning and purposelessness, searching for meaning. Political operators, tech giants, and disingenuous marketers are happy to tap into that desire and angst for their own exploitative purposes, offering young people a pre-packaged "why." John Taylor Gatto said “Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which ...

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December, 2019

  • 4 December

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s03e03) – Nick Hazelton Futures

    We're investing! Nick Hazelton is a 21-year-old entrepreneur, farmer, media creator, and a School Sucks favorite guest since he first appeared on the show several year ago. He also loves weed. But hold that thought. Circa 2015, Nick told Brett he wanted to leave high school to pursue yak herding. And then he did it! He shared his self-education and self-reliance journey on numerous platforms, including Anarcho-Yakitalism Podcast, School Sucks, The Freedom Feens, and Unregistered With Thaddeus Russell. People who aren't inspired by Nick's story are assholes. Recently, another Millennial, entrepreneurial SSP listener (and past TDZ guest) named Alex Bell (aka Yung Alexx) connected Yung Nick with TDZ co-host Andrew for advice on a new business venture...hemp farming. "What's hemp?" ...

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  • 1 December

    [BONUS] Autonomy Mastermind – November 26th, 2019

    The intro: This was supposed to be released last Friday, but due to a technical error it wasn't. Featuring Richard Grove and 13 Autonomy students! The first hour is spent speaking with Jim, who is building a course called Test Drive Your Future, aimed at young people struggling to find career paths. Jim and his wife have already a book on the subject The issue: How to find and speak to your ideal client avatar. Follow-Up Questions and Topics: Adam: How do I break away from classroom teaching and start my own online educational product or content? Chris: What does complete mean to you? The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. You can learn more ...

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November, 2019

  • 25 November

    [BONUS] Autonomy Mastermind – November 19th, 2019

    Featuring Richard Grove and 22 Autonomy students! The first hour is spent speaking with Tyler, an aspiring content creator. The issue: How do I develop consistency, but not just produce content for the sake of producing content, or for monetization. How often should you produce? A better question is how often can you produce value? We also discuss: - Branding, the importance of being your "weird-ass self" (credit: Landon Porter) - Why I quit my show in 2011 - Why we need to schedule time for new input and inspiration Follow-Up Questions and Topics: Lawrence: How do you find your voice and get started? Gus: Was School Sucks Project the result of a hatred for teaching? The downloadable version of ...

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  • 17 November

    [BONUS] In Pursuit of Utopia – Episode 5 – Committee of Public Safety

    A lot of what you're about to hear will sound oddly familiar... The French Revolutionaries began by addressing genuine grievances and demanding liberation from oppressive structures. They declared equal rights for all men, and even addressed women's rights more than any other political movement had. Slavery was outlawed. But... once the new regime took power and killed the king, the people's rights were suspended in the name of national security. Neighbors ratted on neighbors, and blood filled the streets. Thousands and thousands suspected of being traitors to the revolution were beheaded. The chaos that ensued eventually "settled" into the aggressive empire of Napoleon (who rolled back some of the original revolutionary reforms, such as the abolition of slavery). The starving ...

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CORE TOPIC - Why does school suck?

John Taylor Gatto

CORE TOPIC - What does real learner-driven education look like?

Peter Gray - Self-Directed Education

The realization that school sucks actually marks the beginning of a new and exciting educational journey.

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