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January, 2020

  • 17 January

    Target-Covered Teens: Obstacles and Doorways To Teenage Self-Knowledge (with Jim Hood) [PODCAST #636]

    This is part two in our monthly Test Drive Your Future Series. "Target-Covered" is a reference to the array of political and corporate interests trying to harness adolescent angst for their own purposes. And yes, "Teens" is in the title, but this is a conversation for everyone. Jim and I will begin by discussing the 20th century history of this problem, through the work of Edward Bernays, the father of public relations. In his book Propaganda, Bernays wrote "The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. ...

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  • 15 January

    Blast and Cruise [PODCAST #635]

    This is a free release of our supporter-only show, The Discomfort Zone, (Season 3 Episode 4). Alex Bell and Drew Sample join Andrew and Brett for a discussion about habit change. The conversation focuses around Drew, who would like change his relationship with alcohol and improve his relationship with fitness. Andrew, Alex, and Brett share their challenges and successes with both abstinence and athletic pursuits. With respect to goal setting, advice includes - Making goals measurable and specific - Working with short time frames - Knowing and planning for triggers that interfere with progress - The importance of routine - How to make goals sustainable The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Visit sspuniversity.com/ideasintoaction to ...

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December, 2019

  • 31 December

    …And No Man Improves – In Pursuit of Utopia, Part 6 [FREE A/V #634]

    Happy New Year! Here's a free episode of our supporter-only bonus series, In Pursuit of Utopia. About This Series: In the 21st century, we're living in a mosaic of fractured and failed Utopian visions from the past; socialism, social justice, liberation movements, archaic revival, radical environmentalism, and even the "information" revolution are a just a few notable examples. Whether we trace the concept of utopia back to Thomas More 500 years ago or even all the way back to Plato, the ideal world has been pursued from the top down, frequently resulting in varying degrees of dystopia for people...not at the top. About Your Instructor: Danny McCarthy is a SSP listener, blogger and researcher, and the author of an upcoming ...

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  • 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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December, 2019

  • 16 December

    [BONUS] Autonomy Mastermind – December 3rd, 2019

    Featuring Richard Grove and 14 Autonomy students! Today I pose a series of discussion questions to the group: What did you first see, hear, read or experience that alerted you there was still lot to learn about how the world worked around you? Or that your map of the world was entirely wrong? What took you from drifting to seeking? What steps did you take? How did your journey unfold? Where did you get stuck along the way? I explain my goals with these questions more completely at the beginning of the audio. This prompt inspired the most challenging and rewarding Autonomy Mastermind meeting so far. I really wish everyone could hear this one. Huge thanks to Tyler, Martin, Cameron, ...

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  • 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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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.

Welcome to SchoolSucksProject.com. We strive to provide young people with the building blocks of intellectual, financial and lifestyle independence. This includes in-depth explorations into higher-level thinking, organization and productivity, emotional and physical health, habit and lifestyle optimization, history and philosophy, psychology, self-directed learning, entrepreneurship, and communication/negotiation strategies. It's all essential information, but almost none of it is taught in school. Our content is ideal for frustrated high school and college students, home-educating parents, and adults who are interested in independently furthering their education and achieving self-actualization.