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The 2017 Alternative Education Tour - #SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica
John Taylor Gatto - The Underground History of American Education
Peter Gray - Self-Directed Education

Latest Podcasts

February, 2018

  • 16 February

    [PODCAST] #544: Peter Gray (Part Three) – A Future of Self-Directed Education

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    Part Three of Three My marathon conversation with Peter Gray concludes with an exploration of Peter's vision for the future. It's a bold vision, but he describes the observations that led him to believe it will become a reality for more and more children and families in the coming years. The future is self-directed education. The Three Phases: 1. Discovery, learning about the world, the self and how the two fit together 2. Career Exploration, community/professional immersion, apprenticeship opportunities 3. Credentialing For Specialized Work, the Praxis idea of a better credential than the college degree Other Questions: -Does Peter have hope for government adoption of self-directed education? Publicly supported options? -How does education change? Considering the massive school bureaucracy. -Are ...

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  • 14 February

    [PODCAST] #543: Peter Gray (Part Two) – School’s Impact On Creativity and Critical Thinking

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    Part Two of Three Continuing our conversation on self-directed education, Peter and I discuss creativity and critical thinking - two skills we agree are left underdeveloped (or even damaged) by public school and college. This track leads us into a more general conversation about current college problems, including the anti-intellectual and anti-critical thinking trends of the recent years. On critical thinking, Peter has referenced studies and surveys that reveal about 50% of employers are dissatisfied with entry-level, college graduate employees (PayScale Inc.) and that college does little to improve higher level thinking (Academically Adrift: Limited Learning On College Campuses - 2011). On creativity, Peter wrote a piece called As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity. Peter informs us ...

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  • 12 February

    [PODCAST] #542: Peter Gray (Part One) – Foundations of Self-Directed Education

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    Part One of Three Dr. Peter Gray is a research professor of psychology at Boston College, and author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life. Peter serves on the Organizing team for the Alliance For Self-Directed-Education. He also runs a blog on Psychology Today called Freedom to Learn, where he regularly explains and promotes self-directed education from a variety of angles. Today Peter and I discuss how he distinguishes school from education, how school is disruptive to our "educative instincts," and the biological foundations of self-directed education. In other words, children come into the world biologically designed to learn. These foundations include: - Curiosity: the ...

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  • 2 February

    [PODCAST] #541: What’s Between You and Your Goals?

    Do you even have goals? We'll talk about that first. Antony Sammeroff joins me to discuss his new free book Procrastination Annihilation. In it he lays out his method for overcoming procrastination and changing his life, one step at a time. Today we focus our discussion around what he refers to as "The Five-Headed Dragon Between You and Your Goals." This includes: - All or Nothing - Perfectionism - Fatalism - Seeing things as things to be done rather than things to do - "I don’t feel like it. (ever)" Antony is the host of Be Yourself and Love It Podcast and Scottish Liberty Podcast. he also work as a professional coach on Depression, Anxiety, Procrastination, Assertiveness, Self-esteem, Relationship Help ...

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January, 2018

  • 10 January

    [PODCAST] #538: The Block Is Hot – With Roger Ver

    At School Sucks, we strive to provide young people with the building blocks of intellectual, financial and lifestyle independence. Over the last year, we have overlooked a phenomenon that certainly relates to the last two: Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency explosion. My guest today is a man who has been one of the most prominent figures in Bitcoin promotion, education, growth and recent controversies. Roger Ver was the first investor in many successful Bitcoin startups, and he has worked for over 5 years on the adoption of Bitcoin as an alternative to fiat money, both inside and outside the voluntaryist community. Roger has referred to this effort as "the separation of money and state." And as far as financial freedom is ...

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October, 2017

  • 25 October

    [BONUS] Drive Journal – Day 11

    (AUDIO, 16 minutes) -Columbus to Detroit -Sleep issues Or click HERE On October 15th Brett began a road trip across the country to interview listeners, parents and children about self-directed education, home education and other alternatives to public school/higher education. The School Sucks Across America Tour will last over 40 days and it includes stops in over 30 cities across the country. Through a series of interviews, Brett aims to take "alternative education" out of the abstract and to bring real life examples to thousands of young people. Related Posts[BONUS] Drive Journal - Day 9Tags: education, country, brett, days, includes, stops, young, will, tour, sucks[BONUS] Drive Journal - Day 2Tags: education, brett, country, tour, days, america, will, school, alternatives, public[BONUS] ...

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  • 24 October

    [BONUS] Drive Journal – Day 9

    (AUDIO, 16 minutes) -Pittsburgh to Columbus -I talk about Pittsburgh. It was amazing. Or click HERE On October 15th Brett began a road trip across the country to interview listeners, parents and children about self-directed education, home education and other alternatives to public school/higher education. The School Sucks Across America Tour will last over 40 days and it includes stops in over 30 cities across the country. Through a series of interviews, Brett aims to take "alternative education" out of the abstract and to bring real life examples to thousands of young people. Related Posts[BONUS] Drive Journal - Day 2Tags: education, brett, country, tour, days, america, will, school, alternatives, public[BONUS] Drive Journal – Day 11Tags: education, country, brett, days, includes, ...

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  • 22 October

    [BONUS] Drive Journal – Day 7

    (AUDIO, 16 minutes) -Indiana County to Butler, PA -My visit to the Biconik farm. You might remember discussions about their permaculture in our Autonomy Through Agorism series -My reunion with Mandrik Or click HERE On October 15th Brett began a road trip across the country to interview listeners, parents and children about self-directed education, home education and other alternatives to public school/higher education. The School Sucks Across America Tour will last over 40 days and it includes stops in over 30 cities across the country. Through a series of interviews, Brett aims to take "alternative education" out of the abstract and to bring real life examples to thousands of young people. Related Posts[BONUS] Drive Journal - Day 2Tags: education, brett, ...

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  • 21 October

    [BONUS] Drive Journal – Day 6

    (AUDIO, 16 minutes) -In York, PA -My thoughts on my visit to The Circle School and the conversations with students -I start answering listener "ask me anything" questions Or click HERE On October 15th Brett began a road trip across the country to interview listeners, parents and children about self-directed education, home education and other alternatives to public school/higher education. The School Sucks Across America Tour will last over 40 days and it includes stops in over 30 cities across the country. Through a series of interviews, Brett aims to take "alternative education" out of the abstract and to bring real life examples to thousands of young people. Related Posts[BONUS] Drive Journal - Day 2Tags: education, brett, country, tour, days, ...

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  • 19 October

    [BONUS] Drive Journal – Day 5

    (AUDIO, 15 minutes) -From The Pine Barrens, NJ to York, PA -There was no entry yesterday because I was in the car with Phil -A quick ramble at the end of my drive before I meet up with Tony Myers Click HERE to download. On October 15th Brett began a road trip across the country to interview listeners, parents and children about self-directed education, home education and other alternatives to public school/higher education. The School Sucks Across America Tour will last over 40 days and it includes stops in over 30 cities across the country. Through a series of interviews, Brett aims to take "alternative education" out of the abstract and to bring real life examples to thousands of young ...

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