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January, 2019

  • 21 January

    Breakaway Learning – A New Solution For Self-Directed Teens [PODCAST #595]

    self-directed learning for teens

    Colleen Mascenik is a retired World Bank development economist, home-schooling mom, and now an innovator in self-directed learning for teens. Her new platform is called The Breakaway Learning Project. I was very encouraged to discover Breakaway Learning; I see it as a missing piece of the puzzle for many families trying to map the self-directed education process from early childhood through their child's first professional/entrepreneurial endeavor. Many home-educated teens opt into school, either because they're hungry for a novel social scene or they see it as a reliable path to college admissions. Colleen and I envision a future when those needs can be met through other means. In the first of hopefully many conversations, Colleen and I cover the following ...

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  • 14 January

    Zak Slayback – Proven Strategies For Landing A Great Mentor [PODCAST #594]

    how to find a mentor

    How to find a mentor - Zak Slayback returns to the Studio of Champ-yinz to discuss how self-directed learners of all ages can build a "Cabinet of Models" to propel their professional growth. This cabinet includes teachers, advisors, and mentors. Early in the show we'll make the distinction between teachers, advisors and mentors, outline the desirable attributes of each, how long each relationship should last, the type of knowledge and benefit you should seek from each, and the weight to give their advice in the context of your larger goals and plans. Later we'll focus in on how to find a mentor. Zak has gone through this process himself, building a strong relationship with Isaac Morehouse of Praxis that helped ...

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  • 13 January

    FREE A/V – The Dawn of A New Era [PODCAST #593]

    Flashback… Trump and his wall.The rise of the Alt-Right and the Regressive Left.Identity politics and a race war.Media manipulation and increasingly impermeable echo chambers. In the summer of 2016 a group of freedom-loving friends stayed up all night and discussed where it was all headed. The Dawn of Freedom Part 3 - Recorded June 2016 The first sign of daylight arrives and things start to heat up. Derrick J Freeman also joins the conversation with Brett, Darrell Becker, Davi Barker, Nick Hazelton and Lou Feen. Discussed: The Trump coin - perception management - Derrick's thoughts on Milo and The Dangerous Faggot Tour - The Stonewall Riots - gays vs. Muslims - the European migrant crisis - culture clashes - terror ...

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December, 2018

  • 31 December

    Jamie Crane – Profiles In Male Enhancement [PODCAST #592]

    Jamie Crane is here to close out the year with a feel-good show and a stroll down memory lane. Today's main topic was intended to be fitness. When I see someone go through a significant personal transformation, I like to know how and why they did it. What changed? What worked? What didn't? When I was visiting Jamie in Oklahoma last year, I assumed he was kidding or embellishing about Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Turns out he was serious and quite committed. But at SSP we offer no prescriptive diet and fitness advice; Jamie tells his story, and I listen skeptically. Here is a resource if you'd like to learn more about the basics of low T: Slideshow: A Visual Guide ...

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November, 2018

  • 9 November

    [BONUS] THE DISCOMFORT ZONE 4 – The Interrogation

    The best and most uncomfortable meeting yet. - Brett and Andrew have a fight. - Brett: Social fatigue, paranoia, alienation, feeling interrogated. Then an epiphany. - Andrew: Productivity jack-offery isn't working. What has to sacrificed for success? - Procrastinating by not prioritizing. Related PostsShit Has Gone Too Far (Bonus Content Preview)Tags: bonus, a/vHacky Sack 8-24-13Tags: a/vPre-Show 7-26-12Tags: a/vPre-Show 8-2-12Tags: a/vPre-Show 7-19-12Tags: a/v

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  • 1 November

    [BONUS] Lessons From My Communication Failures and Successes – The Contra Cruise

    This is audio of my two presentations on the Contra Cruise, including a speech, an impromptu workshop and an Ask Me Anything. My speech was written as the cruise progressed and it was delivered in two parts on Thursday and Saturday. It was assembled from thoughts and feelings I gathered from the dinner conversations I had over the week, and it covered a set of experiences, mostly related to the crucial communication of libertarian ideas, that I felt would be useful for the attendees. Topics Include: Thinking Fast and Slow, Emotions are a means of discovery, the Trump election mystery solved, people overwhelmed by information, blowing up the bridges of connection, getting people to say yes vs getting them to ...

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October, 2018

  • 16 October

    [BONUS] THE DISCOMFORT ZONE – Hug the Cactus

    (AUDIO, 89 MINUTES) In this series, we will build upon and grow our strengths, highlight and improve our weaknesses, diversify and increase our personal and professional skill sets. This ongoing saga will be an open discussion allowing us to question each other's actions to help ensure we are taking the best possible steps to keep us on track achieve our goals. Format: 1. Success: How did each of us "punch the world in the dick" (working title) this week? Greatest achievements. 2. Accountability - Did we take each other's advice from the previous session? How did it work out? 3. "Greatest Discomforts" - What is our biggest challenge/frustration/emotional weight this week? Discussion 4. Action Items - We give each other ...

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  • 9 October

    [BONUS] THE DISCOMFORT ZONE 2 – Get Destroyed

    (AUDIO, 125 MINUTES) In this series, we will build upon and grow our strengths, highlight and improve our weaknesses, diversify and increase our personal and professional skill sets. This ongoing saga will be an open discussion allowing us to question each other's actions to help ensure we are taking the best possible steps to keep us on track achieve our goals. Format: 1. Success: How did each of us "punch the world in the dick" (working title) this week? Greatest achievements. 2. Accountability - Did we take each other's advice from the previous session? How did it work out? 3. "Greatest Discomforts" - What is our biggest challenge/frustration/emotional weight this week? Discussion 4. Action Items - We give each other ...

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CORE TOPIC - Why does school suck?

John Taylor Gatto

CORE TOPIC - What does real learner-driven education look like?

Peter Gray - Self-Directed Education

The realization that school sucks actually marks the beginning of a new and exciting educational journey.

Welcome to SchoolSucksProject.com. We strive to provide young people with the building blocks of intellectual, financial and lifestyle independence. This includes in-depth explorations into higher-level thinking, organization and productivity, emotional and physical health, habit and lifestyle optimization, history and philosophy, psychology, self-directed learning, entrepreneurship, and communication/negotiation strategies. It's all essential information, but almost none of it is taught in school. Our content is ideal for frustrated high school and college students, home-educating parents, and adults who are interested in independently furthering their education and achieving self-actualization.