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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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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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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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Self-Discipline Month (Part 4) – Automating Self-Discipline, With Zak Slayback [PODCAST #629]

Zak Slayback returns to the Studio of Champ-Yinz to share his insights on the benefits of interpersonal and intra-personal systems of accountability. Zak suggests that when many of us run into different forms of unproductive friction, we should consider a reappearing lack of self-knowledge as the cause. This is not to say that we're all inauthentic frauds constantly living a lie, but many of us do continuously struggle to predict and adapt to internal and external stressors and distractions. So we'll discuss how to reduce this fiction and achieve greater self-discipline without an endless over-exertion of effort. Our Solutions break into three categories: 1. Understanding Context and Environment 2. Proper Scheduling 3. Minding Time-Lines Zak is also presenting on Day ...

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T.K. Coleman and Isaac Morehouse: Office Hours At Praxis Headquarters [PODCAST #628]

Office Hours Podcast hosts T.K. Coleman and Isaac Morehouse join School Sucks host Brett and Discomfort Zone co-host Andrew for a casual and delightfully digressive conversation about personal experimentation and challenge, spreading new ideas, the utility of debate, and leaving on a high note. We recorded this as guests at Praxis headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina. You already know that Praxis is a 6-month professional bootcamp for young aspiring entrepreneurs seeking an alternative path to the traditional 4-year degree. Isaac founded Praxis and T.K. current serves the Education Director. Registration is now open for the first ever UN-IVERSITY virtual event, The Ideas Into Action Summit. It goes live on October 11th, and you can learn more about the presenters, topics ...

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Self-Discipline Month (Part 3) – Lessons From A Year of Personal Transformation [PODCAST #627]

CJ Kilmer joins Brett to share his very impressive story of personal transformation over the last year. CJ had struggled with his weight for 20 years, and in the last nine months he has lost 125 pounds, has taken up martial arts, goes on regular 5+ mile runs, and he continues to make gains in the gym. CJ will go into detail about his holistic hot-rodding approach to this enriching and potentially life-saving transformation. A majority of our conversation deals with resolving inner conflict. We'll walk two paths to do this, both focused on the idea that we are made up of several different, sometimes conflicting, parts of self. The first path is the simpler of the two. Cognitive distortion. ...

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Self-Discipline Month (Part 2) Your Internal Pharmacy…and Meth Lab [PODCAST #626]

In this late-night-into-early-morning monologue I give an accounting of the most valuable take-aways from the so-called "dopamine fast" as they relate to productivity, happiness and self-discipline. Dopamine is just one of several neuro-chemicals playing key roles in our happiness and motivation. I'll discuss some ideas for how to inventory behaviors and achieve better lifestyle and chemical balance. Registration is now open for the first ever UN-IVERSITY virtual event, The Ideas Into Action Summit. It goes live on October 11th, and you can learn more about the presenters, topics and other details HERE. TIME SENSITIVE! The special offer for SSP listeners to Attend Day One For $1 ends Monday September 16th at midnight. Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! ...

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Self-Discipline Month (Part 1) – Harmonize [PODCAST #625]

Scott Hambrick joins Brett to discuss what self-discipline is and what it isn't. We also contrast the emerging self-discipline leadership industry against true self-discipline leadership. Registration is now open for the first ever UN-IVERSITY virtual event, The Ideas Into Action Summit. It goes live on October 11th, and you can learn more about the presenters, topics and other details HERE. Special offer for SSP listeners ends September 10th. 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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Self-Discipline Month (Introduction) – Dopamine Fast [PODCAST #624]

You struggle with self discipline. How hard should you be on yourself about that? We debate this question and set up the problem and internal conflict that this series will address in the coming weeks. This show features an excerpt from The Discomfort Zone (s02414) "On Purpose." Registration is now open for the first ever UN-IVERSITY virtual event, The Ideas Into Action Summit. It goes live on October 11th, and you can learn more about the presenters, topics and other details HERE. 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 ...

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Picture of the Month Club – Mad Max Fury Road

[Released as PODCAST #623, FREE BONUS] PICTURE OF THE MONTH CLUB is a monthly series featuring Dutch - a delightful, insightful and successful film maker who wants to teach you the grammar and logic of cinema. Many will remember Dutch from the CINEMAnufacturing series. Installment #3 (AUDIO, 145 MINUTES) Today we dive deep into the feats, the feels and the fury (obviously) of George Miller's 2015 epic, Mad Max Fury Road. Come discover how we filled over two hours of audio analyzing a seemingly simple action movie with no script. I'll start by saying it's pretty amazing what you can do in film with only 150 million dollars. If you want to hear more Picture of the Month Club... Please ...

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