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December, 2018

  • 7 December

    Jeremy Stuart – Unschooling Comes To the Big Screen [PODCAST #589]

    Jeremy Stuart is the director of the 2015 documentary film Class Dismissed and the upcoming follow-up film Self-Taught (2019). Class Dismissed is a film about learning outside the classroom, while Self-Taught examines self-directed learning outcomes through the lives of six adult unschoolers. Jeremy already had 25 years of experience in the film industry before making his directorial debut with Class Dismissed. We'll talk about how he came to embrace these ideas, who influenced him, and how the film took shape over four years. Jeremy is also the father of a 14-year-old unschooled daughter, who is "learning from experiences in life." We talk about some of the unschooling challenges including failure, distraction and boredom. Please Visit Jeremy's Kickstarter and Help Him ...

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November, 2018

  • 27 November

    The Great Conversation – With Scott Hambrick [PODCAST #588]

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    Scott Hambrick is a home educating parent, entrepreneur, strength coach and the creator (Reader In Chief) of OnlineGreatBooks.com. He joins me today to discuss the Great Books of the Western World and the Great Conversation contained within, as well as tips on how we can improve our mental and physical strength. What are the Great Books? What Is the Great Conversation? - How was the collection created, criteria - Syntopical organization vs chronological order - Mortimer Adler's List over 500 books, goal: informed participation in a democracy - shared inquiry model - How to Read a Book The Benefits of The Great Conversation - diversity of ideas and presence of the clash of ideas - "breaking the script" from parents, ...

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  • 21 November

    The Life and Legacy of John Taylor Gatto – With Professor CJ and Richard Grove [PODCAST #587]

    Professor CJ from the Dangerous History Podcast leads a roundtable discussion on numerous thought-provoking John Taylor Gatto topics. Topics: - How we each discovered Gatto's work, and how will all didn't take full advantage of our first encounter - Gatto as the Smedley butler of school - the authority of a voice from the inside - Gatto's Upbringing: the culture of Western Pennsylvania - How Gatto invites us inside the minds of the scientific managers - A brief debate on "the best of intentions" regarding the scientific managers - Justified sinning and pragmatism - The power of storytelling and Gatto's ability to make academic writing accessible "Education" by The Kinks In a deep dark jungle long time ago Lived a ...

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  • 14 November

    Pat Farenga – The Evolution of Unschooling [PODCAST #586]

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    Pat Farenga is a leading unschooling advocate, and the father of three adult unschooled children. He worked closely with unschooling pioneer John Holt on the Growing Without Schooling Magazine, and in the mid-1980s he took over as publisher of GWS and the president of Holt Associates. Today Pat runs the website JohnHoltGWS.com, which archives all the issues of the magazine, plus a variety of unschooling books and resources. He joins me to discuss the history of unschooling (the idea and the movement), his experiences as an unschooling parent, his relationship with John Holt and the language we use to convey our ideas. Pat Discusses The Impact of John Taylor Gatto He met John in 1991 and they became friends. John ...

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February, 2018

  • 4 February

    [BONUS] The Trials of A Young Autodidact

    (AUDIO, 1 HOUR, 45 MINUTES) Twenty-two-year-old Danny McCarthy showed up at A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell in August and impressed a lot of people. He had traveled to Salem, MA from Cleveland. Then he and his girlfriend Alice camped three miles away from the event. His story brought Thad to tears. The experience left me wanting to learn more about him. He worked in a pizza parlor. He didn't go to college. He was extremely intelligent and well-read. On October 26th in Columbus Ohio, I got a chance to sit down with Danny, along with Alice, Alex Bell and Drew Sample. And I learned a lot. Or click HERE.

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January, 2018

  • 27 January

    [BONUS] High School Janitor Confidential

    (AUDIO, 62 MINUTES) Michael works as a custodian in a public STEM high school in the western United States. Recently he started listening to the School Sucks Podcast and he wanted to share some of his observations from the inside. He offers some fascinating and uncomfortable insights (both big picture and small) on public schooling, which he refers to as a "subsidized pyramid scheme." He also has an impressive personal story beyond his job. We'll discuss it in the show. Or click HERE:

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  • 24 January

    [BONUS] Episode 540 Extras: Pre-Show, Outtakes, and Brett’s San Francisco Driving Meltdown

    (AUDIO, 45 MINUTES) This audio picks up at the end of the regular show. It includes a pre-show in which we discuss Conspira-Tour! Specifically Dealey Plaza and the JFK assassination. This is followed by a couple of outtakes that didn't fit in with the conversation I wanted to present. There is some commentary from me, attempting to clear up contradiction and confusion. Finally, you'll get an unreleased drive journal, back from early November in which I experience a small meltdown as I arrive in San Francisco. Make sure you listen to the regular show! HERE Or click HERE Related Posts[PODCAST] #540: School Sucks Across America - ConclusionTags: a/v, audio, ulbrick, nick, grove, richardPre-Show 9-11-13Tags: a/v, episode, pre-show, grove, richard

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  • 15 January

    [BONUS] The Deep End 024 – With Richard Grove and Kevin Cole

    (#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY TWO - OCTOBER 16 - Hartford, CT) This is one of my favorite Deep End episodes. Even though it was filmed three months ago, it features several topics that are always worth revisiting and many that are becoming increasingly relevant. Title: The Deep End episode 024 Date Filmed: October 16, 2017 | Published: October 30, 2017 Featuring: Brett Veinotte, Kevin Cole, Richard Grove Guest’s webpage: SchoolSucksProject.com Topics: Brett’s “School Sucks Across America Tour” (going on now), the new civil war, Trump and media, Thinking Fast and Slow (book), and Creating and Launching Digital Products as demonstrated in the Entrepreneur Expertise group Video Link: vimeo.com/240423052 Password: TheDeepEnd024 Or click HERE.

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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.

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