Podcasts

2021: Now School Sucks For Everyone [PODCAST #701]

Jay, The Honest Teacher returns almost exactly one year after our last conversation. A lot has changed - if you haven't heard - since February 2020, so I asked him to offer some up close and personal accounts (from students and from his observations) about how institutional schooling has become even more of a dystopian nightmare. Unfortunately now more than ever, school continues to make good on its promise to mold children into "good" citizens. But is there a silver lining? Jay says yes. The Honest Teacher: On Minds On Facebook On Patreon Our Previous Conversations:

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A New Foundation For Freedom, With John Bush [PODCAST #700]

John Bush returns to discuss expanding The Freedom Cell Network, localism, spheres of control, and counter-economics. John's work with this project over the last year has been very inspiring for me. We'll discuss that too. We are now on Locals.com! When you join our Locals community, you'll get immediate access to playlists of all our serial bonus content including The Discomfort Zone, In Pursuit of Utopia, and Picture of the Month Club + all future shows. schoolsucksproject.locals.com/ The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is still available, and your admission now grants you access to our exclusive online community. Visit sspuniversity.com/ideasintoaction to learn more about the presenters, topics, bonus materials and encore presentation. Please use the coupon code ...

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Cassidy Younghans – Epic Life Learning [PODCAST #699]

Cassidy Younghans is a former public school teacher and one of the founders of the EPIC Life Learning Community in Carrollton, Texas. I first heard Cassidy on Off-Trail Learning with Blake Boles; I was impressed with her enthusiastic advocacy for self-directed education and later with her mission at at EPIC. She joins me to discuss her "I could no longer..." story of leaving public schooling, her path through various forms of alternative education (including Sudbury and Northstar), and the vision and mission of EPIC. And much more. She'll be back soon to talk about Agile Learning Tools. MUSIC: "Shake It Out" Karl Denson "Everybody Is A Star" Fishbone "Shine" The Alchemist   We are now on Locals.com! When you join ...

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The Hero’s Journey For teens – With Matt Beaudreau [PODCAST #698]

(but also for everyone else) Matt Beaudreau returns to map out a hero's journey for teens. We'll also discuss how students are guided through this process at Acton Academy, and how homeschooling and unschooling parents can help nurture this process in their own children. Plus much more on - goals, systems, habits and routines - self-knowledge and challenge - resisting cultural/political/peer "brainwashing" Matt is an in-demand and provocative education speaker and consultant, and a personal development coach to people all around the world. He is also the founder of the Acton Academy in Placer, CA; Acton is a program of self-directed learning with over 100 locations around the world. About Acton Academy Placer Acton Academy Placer is an Educational Resource ...

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My Space [PODCAST #697]

Webmaster Tony makes a rare appearance to discuss the blessings bestowed upon us by the rapidly expanding social media purge. Come drink the lemonade we've made. INTO ACTION < Click when you get to the end. Want to pay with crypto? Email me at [email protected], subject line "Myspace" Related PostsSchool Sucks Radio 5-31-1272This became podcasts #146a: School Sucks Radio #4 - The Challenges of A Thoughtful Tutor and #146b: School Sucks Radio #4 - A Voluntary World: Origins and ObstaclesTags: podcastsSchool Sucks Radio 5-17-1270This became podcasts 142a: School Sucks Radio #2 - Discovering Voluntarism While Pursuing A Teaching Career and 142b: School Sucks Radio #2 - Two Stories From Inside the System (Teacher and Student)Tags: podcastsSupport the Show: Please Join ...

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“Plan B” With Zak Slayback [PODCAST #696]

Favorite School Sucks neighbor Zak Slayback returns to offer some key 2021 updates to his past advice for young people at the beginning of their careers. Our previous conversation on this topic, called How High School Students Can Get Ahead In Their Careers [PODCAST #583], covered: - Why young people need to start personal websites while in high school, and how this website can work as a portfolio, showcase of personality, a canvas and as insurance - How to contact an existing expert in the area you want to go into, getting a better idea of how to get started - Methods of signaling and building a portfolio - growing your network of people who are a few steps ahead ...

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Massive Scale Contagion Experiment – with Nathan Fraser [PODCAST #695]

(Emotional Manipulators For Hire, Episode 5, Free Again) Nathan and I discuss his strategies of "Social Media Shit-Posting For Fun and Profit" in the so-called "Age of Surveillance Capitalism." And we don't see eye-to-eye on everything in this show, and that's great. Music: "Finish Line" Daye Jack "Dark Harvest" Ghost Data "No Data" Daye Jack More About Nathan Fraser: The Free Market Squad: The Mastermind Group Need Help Growing Your Business? CopyandFunnels.com The Dark Arts of Marketing Podcast The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Visit sspuniversity.com/ideasintoaction to learn more about the presenters, topics, bonus materials and encore presentation. Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one ...

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New Habit Installation, With Jacki Dalsimer [PODCAST #694]

Jacki Dalsimer is well-respected Health Coach and a personal friend of mine. For years we have enjoyed nerding out on different exercise topics, with the expectation she'd eventually visit the show to share some of her wisdom with you. So we decided that January was the ideal time for a conversation about goal-setting and new habit-installation, mostly in a fitness and diet context, but certainly applicable beyond. Related Shows: 238e: Presence and Productivity #5 – Habit Change With Great Time Freedom Comes Great Time Responsibility – A Guide To Block Scheduling [PODCAST #606] Michael Malice On Self-Discipline [PODCAST #559] A Better World Starts With A Clean Bedroom [PODCAST #408] Need some community right now? The downloadable version of The Ideas ...

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In My Awareness [PODCAST #692]

(Exploring Integral Theory, Conclusion, With Wes Bertrand) Today Wes and I will discuss self-integration, and one of the most difficult polarities human beings have to reconcile, but sooner or later we all must do it. Also: - Dan Siegel's and Ken Wilber's insights on the power and practice of awareness - Manolis Kellis: Meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything | Lex Fridman Podcast #142 - Human mind and the abstraction layers of reality - our burden of awareness of the whole stack of layers - becoming self aware - being bigger than pain - and much, much more Integral theory is largely focused on consciousness studies, psychology, research supported spirituality, and social sciences. Ken Wilber and other integral theorists ...

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2020, The Year In Review – With Scott Hambrick [PODCAST #691]

Scott Hambrick returns to infuriate probably about half the audience. I wanted Scott's "clear pill" take on our recent "black pill" discussion (in what was supposed to be an Un-iversity-only chat), but we quickly expanded beyond pill heuristics to a reflection on the year and the state of the world. We disagree in several places, as I try to insert optimism where I can, but I also acknowledge that the optimism needs to be focused in the right places. This leads to some examination and autopsy on the so-called liberty movement, politics, and past outreach attempts. We'll also get a running start with a whole history of the pills. * The red pill vs. the blue, a la The Matrix ...

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The Black Pill? [PODCAST #690]

Wherein I attend a secret gathering and I am offered some pills. This is an important discussion about a new and rapidly spreading philosophy of hopelessness. It's something I feel needs to be acknowledged and integrated into our larger conversation. Is it actually the most realistic outlook available? And where most people might just see nihilism and despair, is there possibility for new or renewed personal empowerment? Recorded 12/5/20 on a phone (sorry, it was unplanned); featuring Cousin Nick, Cousin Michael, Cousin Milos, and Brett. The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Visit sspuniversity.com/ideasintoaction to learn more about the presenters, topics, bonus materials and encore presentation. Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks ...

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Into the Shadow [PODCAST #689]

An Introduction To Integral Spirituality, With Wes Bertrand We know there are some tough topics here. Today we ask you to listen with an awareness of something that feels unsolved, unhealed, or with access to a painful memory that had great impact. WAS IS SPIRITUALITY? * Nathaniel Branden - raising the level of your consciousness to reality * practical and grounded (Jeff Brown) * transcending, not bypassing * Inhabiting the wound So what is the wound? Panel with Alanis, Peter Levine, Gabor Maté, Richard Schwartz and Dan Siegel. WHAT IS Trauma? * Alanis - keeps us from living from our essential selves * Richard - impact, not event, vulnerable parts get hurt and locked away * Peter - when we ...

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Can You Teach Personal Development Inside A Public High School? [PODCAST #688]

...a public high school teacher asks. I have never posted one of these UN-IVERSITY discussion groups as a podcast, but this one felt a lot like a podcast, and I think it's an important discussion that ties much of our recent content together with some of my own personal explorations of late. My guest is Adam, a public school teacher who is fully aware of how his work environment hinders the self-awareness and personal growth of the teens trapped inside it. Today, we start planning an intervention. Need some community right now? Want to participate in future discussions? The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Email me at [email protected] to get it for 30% off ...

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Behaviorism Never Dies – with Nathan Fraser [PODCAST #687]

(Emotional Manipulators For Hire, Episode 4, Free Again) Today: Behaviorism from some surprising new angles. Friend, copywriter, marketer, and Facebook World Champion Nathan Fraser and I continue our (allegedly supporter-only) monthly conversation about marketing and media manipulation. You'll learn more about the tactics politicians and propagandists use against you, and how you can re-purpose such tactics for good. Music: "Doped Up Dollies On A Way Ticket To Blood" Big D and the Kids Table "Roamin Around" Supersucker "Free Will" Rush More About Nathan Fraser: The Free Market Squad: The Mastermind Group Need Help Growing Your Business? CopyandFunnels.com The Dark Arts of Marketing Podcast The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Visit sspuniversity.com/ideasintoaction to learn more ...

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Discontented Optimism: How A Teacher Freed Himself From School – With Joel Bein [PODCAST #686]

AND...found a fulfilling new career. Joel Bein is back for a follow-up conversation about his exit from school teaching, and his transition to working with our friends at Crash.co. Joel last appeared on episode 669, where we introduced his story. Today we'll talk about his journey in more detail. An important feature of our discussion is what Joel refers to as Discontented Optimism - as a teacher, allowing himself to hate school, to NOT tolerate it, AND empowering himself to change the situation. Towards the end of the show, we'll also talk about a new mini-course Joel put together for Crash: Job Hunting 101 You can see more of Joel's work at JoelBein.com. Please also check out his podcast Exponentially ...

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Wake Up, Grow Up, Clean Up, Show Up – With Wes Bertrand [PODCAST #685]

(Integral Theory Part 5) Wes Bertrand is back for our continued exploration of Integral Theory and how to take human consciousness to the next level. We have covered integral theory principles applied to individuals, to organizations, and society and "governance." Opening Sequence: "Let the Healing Begin" Discussion: We'll move from the political back to the personal and social,reading and expanding on Dustin DiPerna's article Wake Up, Grow Up, Clean Up, Show Up Music: "Orinoco Flow" (cover) Vienna Symphony Orchestra "Somewhere In America" Jay-Z "Run For the Roses" (cover) The Grass Is Dead "Don't Stop" Maiya Sykes Integral theory is largely focused on consciousness studies, psychology, research supported spirituality, and social sciences. Ken Wilber and other integral theorists draw from over ...

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MYTH of the PANIC – With Nathan Fraser [PODCAST #684]

(Emotional Manipulators For Hire, Episode 3) In 1938, a young thespian named Orson Welles exploited a new communications medium to scare the shit out of an entire country. Or...did his enemies simply exploit an old communications medium to make people think he did? It only gets more complicated from there, folks! Today: We discuss the 1938 radio adaption of War of the Worlds, and the lessons it offers to both manipulators and marketers. Friend, copywriter, marketer, and Facebook World Champion Nathan Fraser and I continue our (allegedly supporter-only) monthly conversation about marketing and media manipulation. You'll learn more about the tactics politicians and propagandists use against you, and how you can re-purpose such tactics for good. Music: "Callin' Out" Lyrics ...

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Landon Porter – Dude, It’s A Game [PODCAST #683]

Landon Porter has taught me a lot over the last two years. He was the co-host (along with Nathan Fraser) of the superb Sales Gorilla Podcast. He is also the creator of a currently-launching personal advancement platform and community called Dude, It's A Game. Sales Gorilla focused on importance of relationship building in "doing sales without being salesy," while Dude, It's A Game aims to help us strengthen the most important relationship of all - the one we have with ourselves. In this introductory chat Landon shares his story, and we'll discuss the essential embrace of your weird ass self in both personal and professional pursuits. Then! ...we'll get into how and why Landon was influenced by Ken Wilber and ...

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A Path To Panarchy – With Wes Bertrand, Integral Theory Part 4 [PODCAST #682]

Wes Bertrand is back for our continued exploration of Integral Theory and how to take human consciousness to the next level. We have moved so far in this series from integral theory principles applied to individuals, to organizations, and now to society and "governance." Today we continue exploring panarchy and now counter-economics (or agorism); we'll discuss Bryan O'Doherty's article The Peaceful Path to an Integral Society Music: "Touch of Grey" (cover) Mike Masse "Breaking Us In Two" Joe Jackson "Ghost Town" The Specials Integral theory is largely focused on consciousness studies, psychology, research supported spirituality, and social sciences. Ken Wilber and other integral theorists draw from over 100 separate schools of thought in the fields of consciousness, psychology, meditative traditions, ...

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Matt Beaudreau – The Departure [PODCAST #681]

(It's how the hero's journey begins) Once upon a time, Matt Beaudreau was deep inside the schooling Matrix - first as a teacher and then as an administrator. Today Matt is an in-demand and provocative education speaker and consultant, and a personal development  coach to people all around the world. He is also the founder of the Acton Academy in Placer, CA; Acton is a program of self-directed learning with over 100 locations around the world. In this show we'll discuss the events that helped him to awaken and start speaking out. He'll also be returning in the near future to map out a hero's journey for teens. About Acton Academy Placer Acton Academy Placer is an Educational Resource Center ...

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PANARCHY – With Wes Bertrand, Integral Theory Part 3 [PODCAST #680]

Wes Bertrand is back for our continued exploration of Integral Theory and how to take human consciousness to the next level. We have moved so far in this series from integral theory principles applied to individuals, to organizations, and now to society and "governance." The matrix discussed in the monologue: Today we discuss Bryan O'Doherty's articles Panarchy: The Political Paradigm of an Integral Society and PANARCHY: The Integral Social Matrix Integral theory is largely focused on consciousness studies, psychology, research supported spirituality, and social sciences. Ken Wilber and other integral theorists draw from over 100 separate schools of thought in the fields of consciousness, psychology, meditative traditions, philosophy and sociology. In this series we'll explain the Integral approach to: * ...

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Crisis Homeschooling Outreach, With Erin Huffstutter [PODCAST #679]

I am excited to welcome Erin Huffstutter, a homeschooling mom and School Sucks listener who has just released an extrordinary outreach resource called Crisis Homeschool Handbook: Practical Home Education Through 2020 and Beyond. This un-intimidating book can be read in a day, but Erin has managed to pack in much of the important research, educational philosophy, and practical resources we have discussed on this show for the last decade. Today we'll discuss: - The Legend of Zelda - Why we both initially rejected John Taylor Gatto - Digging into each child’s learning preferences and personality type - Knowing as a parent what homeschooling style best suits your personality and strengths - avoiding homeschool burnout - the great screen-time debate From ...

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How Usefully Idiotic Are We? [PODCAST #678]

Professor CJ returns to discuss the history of divide-and-conquer and divide-and-rule strategies, and as a bonus, how to avoid being what the Russians called a "useful idiot" in one these schemes. Unanimity [literally of one mind] is a sad and dangerous thing on a national scale. But so is a civil war. This year the American people were offered a chance to find common cause in a crisis. But the government and media seemed to encourage them to fight over mask-wearing instead. You remember right? It was right around the time the average person was starting to feel the impact of overreactive lockdown polices. (April and May) And when the mask fight starting getting worn out, surprise! Time for a ...

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How’s College Going This Year?! With Professor CJ Killmer [PODCAST #677]

The great Professor CJ returns to discuss the challenges of teaching and learning online. We'll trade some stories of our experiences with face-to-face vs. virtual instruction, and offer some advice to students and educators. I'll also get CJ's take on the bleak future of higher education, based on what he's experienced so far this year. CJ is the host of the spectacular Dangerous History Podcast. We'll be discussing some of his recent work in another episode coming later this week. MUSIC: "Dead Man's Party" Oingo Boingo cover by Lo Key "Everybody's Crazy" Michael Bolton The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Visit sspuniversity.com/ideasintoaction to learn more about the presenters, topics, bonus materials and encore presentation. ...

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Integrating the Organization – With Wes Bertrand – Part 2 of 4 [PODCAST #676]

Wes Bertrand is back for our continued exploration of Integral Theory and how to take human consciousness to the next level. Today we discuss: - altitudes of development, and levels of consciousness as applied to organizations; here is a visualization Wes encountered Ken Wilber's work through his research on organizational theory, so one very important resource is Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux. Wes has extensive notes that would should be able to share with you soon. Integral theory is largely focused on consciousness studies, psychology, research supported spirituality, and social sciences. Wilber draws from over 100 seperate schools of thought in the fields of consciousness, psychology, meditative traditions, philosophy and sociology. In this series we'll explain the Integral approach to: ...

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