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Latest Podcasts

December, 2011

  • 30 December

    113: Punished By Elves?

    I try to record an installment of School Sucks At the Movies, and fail completely. Enjoy the results! What derailed me? The story of a new Christmas craze: The Elf On the Shelf Bumper Music: "Reading Time With Pickle" Regina Spektor Look Closer: Lesson 28: Elf on the Shelf -- Innocent Holiday Whimsy or Dangerous Informant? by Jenny Lawson Punished by Rewards? A Conversation with Alfie Kohn Click to access Punished%20by%20Rewards.pdf The Magic of Pronouns: Tips For Aspiring Politicians/Criminals (...and Ron Paul)

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  • 1 December

    109: Homeschool Oversight and Regulation?

    Laurette Lynn and I discuss homeschooling with Professor Robert Kunzman. From Dr. Robert Kunzman, associate professor at Indiana University teaches courses related to secondary education curriculum and instruction, including an ongoing seminar in the Community of Teachers Program. Professor Kunzman has conducted independent research on homeschooling. You can review his work on his website. Professor Kunzman’s book Write These Laws On Your Children is also available. While he supports home education as a reasonable option, he does still feel that home ed families should be supervised and subject to standards and regulation by the board of education. It’s for the protection of the children. Now anyone familiar with me and Unplugged Mom already knows that I’m not exactly in ...

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July, 2011

  • 18 July

    101: Unschooling Liberty – The Halldorsons and the Unschool Bus

    Kelly Halldorson from joins me to discuss her family's unschooling awakening. Kelly and her husband Jeff are the parents of three unschooled teenagers. We also cover the reactions and judgements of others, the challenges, travels on the Unschool Bus and the successes of liberty-minded parenting. Correction: Northeast Unschooling Conference, not New England Unschooling Conference Look Closer: Northeast Unschooling Conference Homepage

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April, 2013

  • 18 April

    After School Sucks Special 4-18-13

    Brett's grammar embarrassment - NJ high school students in the chat - misplaced modifiers - Apple devices vs. Android - Boston Marathon bombing - InfoWars - "Why Libertarianism Is So Dangerous" video - 4Chan Related PostsTerror Teens? (New Studio Test Show 5-3-13)Tags: chat, a/v, terrorism

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  • 18 April

    Bonus Show (Video) – Young Entrepreneurs, Cheating Teachers and Bitcoin

    (AV CLUB/Recorded 4-18-13) - Kristov and Andrew call in to discuss their new apparel company, Robber Baron Swag - entrepreneurship - Kickstarter - Paul Krugman on Bitcoin - the divisibility of Bitcoin - Mike Martelli from First Degree Liberty calls in - teachers cheating on standardized tests - Brett vs. Matt Damon in a fight? - how to get celebrity guests on SSP - Kate Baker calls in to report on the progress of The Network For Educational Opportunity - Bill the teacher from NJ gets a few of his students to listen and call in

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  • 11 April

    After School Sucks Special 4-11-13

    Site issues (spammers!) - Heath Ledger - A great convesation with Ross, a frustrated high school freshman - science-fiction books I wrote in elementary school - video production tips with Keegan - cinematography - using School Sucks as a tool to meet/impress women? Related PostsAfter School Sucks Special 8-2-13Tags: sucks, special, school, a/vAfter School Sucks Special (MP3) 8-30-12Tags: sucks, special, school, a/vAfter School Sucks Special (mp3) 4-25-13Tags: special, sucks, school, a/vHacky Sack 8-24-13Tags: a/vAfter School Sucks Special 11-29-12Tags: special, sucks, school, a/v

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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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