Podcasts

“Hi. How Are You?” Conversation #3: Paul Verge

Paul Verge is a friend, a film maker, and one of the founding members of Tragedy and Hope. I met Paul back in 2010 when he interviewed me for a film called Believers Beware. Earlier this month Paul was put under quarantine after his wife was exposed at a conference. We talk about that experience, and how Paul coped then and since then. I hope this dialogue is helpful because many of us will probably know someone (or need to support someone close to someone) in this situation. This will be our new format for the foreseeable/unforeseeable future - check-ins with people from my life who want to talk about the current situation in a manner that I think will ...

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“Hi. How Are You?” Conversation #2: Nick Hazelton

School Sucks favorite Nick Hazelton is back to discuss a purposeful way of connecting with nature: foraging. Don't panic! We're not suggesting it will be necessary; I'm actually hoping that there's some peace of mind in just knowing that nature has some exciting new salad ingredients for you. This will be our new format for the foreseeable/unforeseeable future - check-ins with people from my life who want to talk about the current situation in a manner that I think will be helpful and informative. 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 ...

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“Hi. How Are You?” Conversation #1: Nick Rundlett

Nick and I discuss guess what. This a good conversation for those who feel a little behind on their preparations. This will be our new format for the foreseeable/unforeseeable future - check-ins with people from my life who want to talk about the current situation in a manner that I think will be helpful and informative. 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 ...

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[preview] Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Picture of the Month Club #5)

Free Bonus Friday Enjoy (and you will enjoy) a snip of one of our bonus productions for supporting listeners, including The Discomfort Zone, In Pursuit of Utopia, Picture of the Month Club, and other older selections. (FULL AUDIO: 109 MINUTES) Is T2 is the best action film ever made? Thirteen-year-old Brett Veinotte thought so! It's certainly one of the most impressive sequels . Directed by James Cameron and released in 1991, T2 set a new standard for blockbuster films. Some of the (mind-boggling by 1991 standards) special effects might look a bit dated today, but there are numerous reasons this film has stood the test of time. We'll discuss... - the story laid out in The Terminator and Terminator 2, ...

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Advocating For Educational Freedom (With Marc Clair) [PODCAST #647]

Today I answer a series of school vs. education questions from Marc Clair and his Lions of Liberty audience, including how self-directed education is far more productive and far more fulfilling, whether for adults or children. 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 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 ...

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[preview] #Happiness911 – The Discomfort Zone s02e15

Free Bonus Friday Enjoy (and you will enjoy) a snip of one of our bonus productions for supporting listeners, including The Discomfort Zone, In Pursuit of Utopia, Picture of the Month Club, and other older selections. Actually, your enjoyment today cannot be guaranteed. Have you ever listened to something because it was so bad and you just wanted to see what was going to happen next? This audio is kind of like that, but nothing ever happens. The most recent episode of The Discomfort Zone is out: (s03e06)Discomfort Phone. But I can't preview it here due to its personal nature. Instead you'll hear an agonizing clip from this earlier episode: The Discomfort Zone (s02e15) #Happiness911 Released September 12th, 2019 on ...

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Don’t Pursue Your Passion? (With Jim Hood) [PODCAST #646]

Part Three of the Test Drive Your Future college and career guidance series. In the previous episode we covered some questions we'd love to see more young people ask themselves: - Have you ever stopped to reflect on how you became who you are? To question your values, beliefs, where they came from? - Once you stop to think about it, is that what you really want? Or who you really are? Today, we discuss how applying self-discovery to career can actually be a serious misstep for young people. It's the familiar debate between passion and practicality. And while I say you ultimately want to be following your passions, you can't always start there. As Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe ...

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[preview] The Disturbing Sexualization of Young People

Free Bonus Friday Enjoy (and you will enjoy) a snip of one of our bonus productions for supporting listeners, including The Discomfort Zone, In Pursuit of Utopia, Picture of the Month Club, and other older selections. Our bonus show this week (AUTONOMY Mastermind) can't be previewed here, so instead enjoy this related audio from our archives. The Mastermind - Pilot Episode - "PodcastMasterMind" Released on June 3rd, 2018 on Patreon, A/V Club and SubscribeStar. Direct Links: patreon.com/posts/mastermind-pilot-19220763. schoolsucksproject.com/the-mastermind-pilot-episode-podcastmastermind/. Description: (AUDIO, 126 MINUTES) Fellow Podcastmasters Osborne and Gardner join Brett to launch The Mastermind. These shows will typically begin with a "pain point," which is a pressing problem of a personal, professional, political, cultural or educational nature. A rotating group of ...

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Career Launch Stories (Episode 1) – Cameron Sorsby [PODCAST #645]

What can a career look like for someone who overcomes the permission mentality and cuts their own path? This is a new monthly series I'll be co-hosting with my friend, previous guest, and Praxis graduate Nick Rundlett. Career Launch Stories takes our opt-out-of-college conversation out of the abstract and into the personal. Our first story is told by Nick's fellow Praxis Alum and the current Praxis CEO, Cameron Sorsby. The format for these conversations: 1. What is your educational experience? 2. How and why did you make the decision to seek an alternate path? 3. What are the most valuable wisdom gained from that alternative path? 4. To what pursuits is that wisdom currently being applied? The downloadable version of ...

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[preview] The More, the More. – The Discomfort Zone (s03e05)

Free Bonus Friday Enjoy (and you will enjoy) a snip of one of our bonus productions for supporting listeners, including The Discomfort Zone, In Pursuit of Utopia, Picture of the Month Club, and other older selections. The Discomfort Zone (s03e05) The More, the More. Releasing on Friday 2/21/20 on Patreon, A/V Club and SubscribeStar. The continued story of Andrew's impossible life. Options and opportunities abound, and more opportunities are knocking on his door. But on the other side of that door is a house languishing in a state of unfinish. That can be taken literally or figuratively. Brett's life is great, btw. Get the full episode: Support Us The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. ...

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The Honest Teacher Speaks (Part 2 of 2) [PODCAST #644]

A long and long-overdue chat with the man behind the popular (15K followers) Facebook page, The Honest Teacher. The discussion is split into two parts, so make sure you saw part one! Today we discuss - how labels disable (continued) - writing IEPs and executive functioning issues - how Common Core cronyism connects to my conversations with Dave Smith and Pete Quinones from last week - remediation as it was discussed in the Outcome-Based Education revelations of Peg Luksik - where's it at now? - unprecedented teacher turnover: why it's happening and what it means for students - an expansion on why The Honest Teacher uses the phrase "Orwellian nightmare" - What is the mission and the future of The ...

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The Honest Teacher Speaks (Part 1 of 2) [PODCAST #643]

A long and long-overdue chat with the man behind the popular (15K followers) Facebook page, The Honest Teacher. The discussion will be split into two parts, so check back Wednesday! Today we discuss where critical thinking actually exists in schools, why standards get lower and lower, color sticks (wait til you hear about these), the stress of real-time grade-awareness, the Orwellian world of student monitoring, and the politics of labeling students as defective. 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 of the longest running liberty-minded ...

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[preview] Why Study Utopias?

Free Bonus Friday Enjoy (and you will enjoy) a snip of one of our bonus productions for supporting listeners, including The Discomfort Zone, In Pursuit of Utopia, Picture of the Month Club, and other older selections. From In Pursuit of Utopia Episode 7: "New Harmony" with Danny McCarthy and Kevin Cole. Releasing on Sunday 2/16/16 on Patreon, A/V Club and SubscribeStar. This is a confronting, long and lively tangent from our discussion on the New Harmony utopia community from the early 1800s. The New Harmony story includes interesting and largely unknown roots of both compulsory schooling and socialism. Get the full episode: Support Us Danny's Work: ageofutopia.info/ Kevin's Work: unityofthepolis.com/ The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is ...

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With Every Turn of the Screw… (with Pete Quinones) [SUPPLEMENTAL #642]

Today's show is a followup to the previous conversation with Dave Smith - a deeper level of exploration of the history of school, covering a longer period of time, and showing the progression of control over the public mind. (Edited Audio from Brett on Free Man Beyond the Wall) Pete's question: what you believe is the biggest conspiracy behind turning the schools into the indoctrination centers they are today? It's hard to pick just one. A STORY OF INCREASING LEVERAGE OF SCIENTIFIC MANAGERS (AND BOILED FROGS) 1840s-1930s - Mandatory public education in America began as part of a quest for a perfect society with the Puritans in Massachusetts who were seeking a religious utopia - Prussian system replaces the predictability ...

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Brett On Part of the Problem With Dave Smith [SUPPLEMENTAL #641]

(Supplemental Show) From Part of the Problem: "On this episode of Part Of The Problem, Dave Smith is joined by Brett Veinotte of the School Sucks Podcast to discuss the Prussian Model of school and how the screws of totalitarianism get tighter but never loosen." Dave Smith is a comedian, and one of the most effective and energetic advocates for the philosophy of liberty on the scene right now. Dave's Podcast: Part of the Problem Dave's Twitter: @ComicDaveSmith Dave's You Tube: Dave Smith 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 ...

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[preview] Picture of the Month Club – American Psycho

New Feature: Free Bonus Friday Enjoy (and you will enjoy) a snip of one of our bonus productions for supporting listeners, including The Discomfort Zone, In Pursuit of Utopia, Picture of the Month Club, and other older selections. This is the first 30 minutes of Picture of the Month Club, Episode 4 - American Psycho. Get the full episode: Support Us On PATREON Notes: Look in the mirror. Installment #4 (AUDIO, 97 MINUTES) American Psycho was released in 2000, based on a controversial 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis, and set in 1987 Manhattan. Thus, a significant crash quietly looms over all the film's detestable Wall St. yuppie characters. Its focus is a darkly satirical character study of a man ...

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The Medium Is the Massage (Part 2 of 2) With Scott Hambrick and Dr. Karl Schudt [PODCAST #640]

"All media work us over completely." - Marshall McLuhan, 1968 Still true. Scott and Karl from Online Great Books join me to discuss Marshall McLuhan's (perhaps prophetic) work The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects. The discussion is split into 2 parts; make sure you catch the first one! Today we'll transition to - propaganda - non-rational visual programming - media literacy - how television prevents dialectic and why we need it - modern artists and what they get away with - the massages of the pictures McLuhan includes in the book (see them on my Instagram) The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Visit sspuniversity.com/ideasintoaction to learn more about the presenters, topics, ...

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The Medium Is the Massage (Part 1 of 2) With Scott Hambrick and Dr. Karl Schudt [PODCAST #639]

"All media work us over completely." - Marshall McLuhan, 1968 Still true? Truer than ever? Scott and Karl from Online Great Books join me to discuss Marshall McLuhan's (perhaps prophetic) work The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects. The discussion is split into 2 parts, the second coming later this week. Today we'll cover... - what is meant by "the medium is the massage" or the message? - the transfer of the dominant human sense organ from the ear to the eye - the impact of television, and what most never realize about it - McLuhan's idea of hot and cold media - McLuhan's criticism of public school's 19th century technology and our response The downloadable version of ...

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Remember Why School Sucks [SUPPLEMENTAL #638]

[Supplemental Show] Chris McMillon is one of the most thoughtful, positive and encouraging people that I had the pleasure to meet through my work in 2019. Chris and I started interacting through Richard Grove's AUTONOMY program, and I was happy to accept his invitation to appear on his Truth Conduit Podcast. We discuss why collectivist ideas are so predominant in public schools and universities, and how it promotes emotional thinking over logical thinking. We'll also cover student debt crisis, achieving freedom in all areas of life, and why I was kind of a shitty history teacher. Check out Truth Conduit: truthconduit.com The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Visit sspuniversity.com/ideasintoaction to learn more about the ...

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Dave Smith – On School vs. Education (and almost everything else) [PODCAST #637]

Dave Smith is a comedian, and one of the most effective and energetic advocates for the philosophy of liberty on the scene right now. He is also one of the most historically requested guests for School Sucks Podcast. My topic proposal to Dave: "I'd like to do 30 minutes on your school experience, and 30 minutes on what you'd like education to look like for your own child. (+ whatever tangents occur)." Tangents occurred. And I couldn't have been more delighted. We discuss what went wrong in the liberty movement, Ron Paul, Donald Trump, debating with friends and family, 9/11 Truth and its significance, the Libertarian to Alt-Right pipeline if there's such a thing, other pipelines, and also what was ...

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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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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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…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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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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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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