Podcasts

[PODCAST] #530: Brett’s Mormon Conversion (With Paul Duane)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY NINETEEN - NOV 2 - SALT LAKE CITY, UT) View all shows from Paul Duane, the Cross-Dressing Mormon Anarchist™, gives me a tour of Temple Square and shares the gospel, history, features and benefits of Mormonism in an attempt to persuade me to join the faith. Watch the full video version: 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 ...

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[SUPPLEMENTAL] #529: Brett and Tom Woods Discuss School Sucks Across America

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSupplemental Show - This is a re-post of my recent appearance on the Tom Woods show. From Tom.Woods.com Brett Veinotte of the School Sucks Project just returned from a 40-day cross-country trip, where he held meetings and events highlighting alternative approaches to education. He joins me today to discuss what he found. 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 ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(#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 ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(#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 ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(#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 ...

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[PODCAST] #525: The St. Louis Movement’s Impact On American Schooling (With Kevin Cole)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY FOURTEEN - OCT 28 - ST. LOUIS, MO) Kevin Cole (unityofthepolis.com) acts simultaneously as history teacher and tour guide, as I drive him around St. Louis. This is a story most of you probably haven't heard. PLEASE watch the video version! The Drive: The Museum: Learn more about School Sucks Across America 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 ...

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[PODCAST] #524: The Detroit School Sucks Meet-Up

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY ELEVEN - OCT 25 - DETROIT, MI) A late-night discussion with several members of a great liberty community in the Detroit area. I will definitely be visiting with these folks again in the near future. Most participants will address the second of our 2 questions: - What is your "school sucks" story? In other words, how did you come to realize that your schooling was not an education? - What actions did you take to solve this problem and become a self-directed learner? Thank you to Michael Patrick Slomzenski for setting up this event. It was an amazing night and recharge for the next leg of my trip! Learn more about ...

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[PODCAST] #523: The Columbus School Sucks Roundtable

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY NINE - OCT 23 - Columbus, OH) Eleven people. Five mics. School stories, self-education journeys, identity politics, college, religion, home education experiences, childhood trauma, self-sufficiency and more. Most participants will address our 2 questions: - What is your "school sucks" story? In other words, how did you come to realize that your schooling was not an education? - What actions did you take to solve this problem and become a self-directed learner? Thank you to Drew Sample for setting up this event. It was a great night! Learn more about School Sucks Across America A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell Columbus Learning Co-op Please Support "School Sucks Across America" Our Amazon Wish ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(#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, ...

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[PODCAST] #521: Gabi Maylock – Masters of Critical Studies In Education

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY NINE - OCT 23 - Columbus, OH) Gabi Maylock is a newish listener who is pursuing a Masters Degree in Education. She was introduced to the podcast by her friend Noah, who accompanied her to the Columbus meetup. Before the event, we sat down to discuss their School Sucks stories, self-education, Gabi's work with Students For Liberty and her experience as a libertarian in a very progressive higher education setting. Learn more about School Sucks Across America A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell 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 ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(#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 ...

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[PODCAST] 519: From the Rooftop – Philadelphia Meet-Up

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY FOUR - OCT 18 - South Philly) One of my favorite shows of all time. A rapid-fire and at times wonderfully chaotic conversation with Ben Dasher, Mike, Phil Surdam, Steve Miller-Miller, Phillip Figueiredo and Brian Foglia. Some great revelations in this one! Especially from Ben and Brian. Several participants will address the two questions: - What is your "school sucks" story? In other words, how did you come to realize that your schooling was not an education? - What actions did you take to solve this problem and become a self-directed learner? Also some "ask me anything." Huge thanks to Phillip Figueiredo for organizing, to Phil Surdam for tour-guiding, and to ...

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[PODCAST] #518: Phil Surdam – The Human Use of Human Beings

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY THREE - OCT 17 - The Pine Barrens, NJ) A rapid-fire, unscripted conversation with my new friend Phil Surdam. Phil is the Vice President of a very successful glass manufacturing business, an independent researcher and a School Sucks listener/supporter. He is well-versed on the subject of cybernetics, so we discuss it. I took the picture on the website in Phil's "hideaway" where he keeps a very cool (and in some cases creepy) collection of books, weapons and figurines. Our conversation also includes the 2 questions: - What is your "school sucks" story? In other words, how did you come to realize that your schooling was not an education? - What actions ...

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[PODCAST] #517: Richard Grove – Making A Map

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY THREE - OCT 17 - HARTFORD, CT) A rapid-fire, unscripted conversation with my dear friend and mentor Richard Grove. Rich is a forensic historian, film maker and founder of TragedyandHope.com. Our conversation is built around 2 questions: - What is your "school sucks" story? In other words, how did you come to realize that your schooling was not an education? - What actions did you take to solve this problem and become a self-directed learner? We also discuss his upcoming book about the Rothschilds. Learn more about School Sucks Across America A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell TragedyandHope.com Please Support "School Sucks Across America" Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBrett 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 ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNathan 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 ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(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 ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(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 ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThaddeus 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 ...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(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 - ...

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[PODCAST] #510: Lessons From Summer That We Can Apply To the Fall (With Thaddeus Russell)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadProfessor Thaddeus Russell returns to discuss cause and effect, the jarring events of August, what's coming in September and what it all might mean for the future. Opening Sequence: Cause and effect in European identity politics Announcement: The Next Renegade University and School Sucks Project event is happening this November 10-12 in Los Angeles. We go over the seminar topics. For more information or to secure your spot, go to ThaddeusRussell.com/LosAngeles Discussion: - Extremism, left and right - The race war is the academic left's creation - Most Marxists wish to ignore race entirely - Does American popular culture still have a liberating quality? - Dave Smith, a rare voice in comedy - has ...

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[PODCAST] #509: Conflicts Without Protagonists

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday, another story about a "by any means necessary" approach to fighting Nazis... Manuel Pasquale returns for a discussion about Fascism, Communism and the lessons WWII can teach us about dividing the world into good and evil. We focus our story around the dangerous mythology of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who is the subject of two feature films this year. Manuel's YouTube Channel Highlights: - Monologue: "Good and Evil" in Charlottesville - modern Western mythology is used to sell imperialist pursuits - Why are 2 Churchill movies (and Dunkirk) coming out this year? - World War II precipitated the downfall of western civilization - Who was Winston Churchill? - Hitler's aversion to a two ...

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[PODCAST] #508: A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell – The Live Interactive Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOne of my favorite shows of all time. This was the final event of A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell, where attendees took the mic to share their thoughts, questions and appreciation. And we reciprocated. Participants: - Alex B. - Jay - Danny M. - Nelson A. - Kevin G. - Phillip F. 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 ...

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[PODCAST] #507: Teen Teaches Economics To Teens, With Elijah Johnson

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadElijah Johnson launched his Finance and Liberty You Tube channel and website when he was sixteen years old, motivated to teach other teens about Austrian Economics and financial self-defense. Now 21, Elijah is currently finishing up his Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism. Before attending college, Elijah was home-educated in a religious family. We'll talk about the transition between those settings and whether or not Elijah feels college was "worth it." We also discuss: - family and community - home education and religion - is being home-educated a liability when trying to succeed in college? - losing passion for subjects in college - Elijah's goals for his media projects Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon ...

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[PODCAST] #506: Emily Hirsh – Financial Freedom At 22 (instead of a college degree)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday's guest is among the increasing number of bright young people who have come to view the traditional college path as an opportunity cost. Emily Hirsh opted out of college at age 19 to pursue her first online business full time. Just three years later, Emily has built multiple six-figure-a-year ventures. In addition to running Virtual Assistant Academy and KettlebellMovement.com, Emily works as a Sales Funnel Strategist helping entrepreneurs to grow their business and generate revenue and leads using sales funnels and Facebook Ads. As a very busy young mother, she also actively promotes the freedom of working from home and controlling your schedule. Learn more about Emily's work at emilyhirsh.com. She joins me ...

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