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Latest Podcasts

February, 2021

  • 1 February

    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! When you join ...

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January, 2021

  • 25 January

    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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  • 20 January

    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 5-31-12Tags: podcastsSchool Sucks Radio 5-17-12Tags: podcastsSupport the Show: Please Join the A/V Club!Tags: podcasts

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October, 2020

  • 31 October

    [BONUS] The Shining 2020 Halloween Chat, With CJ Killmer

    Professor CJ invited me to do an informal exploration of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. I was so excited, I smashed through his door with an axe and asked "when?!?!" "For Halloween, and for 2020." CJ said. We'll cover some familiar ground and offer some new insights into the film. A joint production of Dangerous History and School Sucks. School Sucks Project · [BONUS] The Shining 2020 Halloween Chat, With CJ Killmer

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  • 30 October

    [BONUS] The Social Dilemma Quandary (Part 1 of 2)

    A group discussion around (but also beyond) the problems, themes, and possible ulterior motives in the newish Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma.  Part of the Un-iversity Weekly Discussion Group Series A new weekly conversation about applying the lessons and practices of The Ideas Into Action Summit to the chaos of the real world.   School Sucks Project · The Social Dilemma Quandry Part 1 of 2

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  • 22 October

    [BONUS] Information Literacy vs. New York Times Misinformation vs. Russian Disinformation

    A lesson in media literacy: how mainstream media uses facts to counterfeit understanding (audio, 2hr 14min) In three consecutive Un-iversity Monday meetings, we watch, deconstruct, and expand upon a New York Times video series from 2018 called Operation InfeKtion:  Russian Disinformation From Cold War To Kanye.  The series has three parts - 1. Meet the KGB Spies Who Invented Fake News 2. The Seven Commandments of Fake News 3. The Worldwide War on Truth Why are we going back to 2018? This month, Russian disinformation conspiracy theories are back in style. CNN has revived this story line for damage control in the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. While it is too late for most CNN viewers to learn anything, we wanted ...

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CORE TOPIC - Why does school suck?

John Taylor Gatto

CORE TOPIC - What does self-directed education look like?

Peter Gray - Self-Directed Education

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