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April, 2018

  • 4 April

    [PODCAST] #554: “Face It” – Q&A (Matt Maruca, Interlude)

    Matt Maruca began his self-education journey at age 13. In middle school Matt began seeking answers to a variety of chronic ailments, discovered the joys of self-directed learning and never looked back. After realizing and harnessing his efficacy and abilities, he found school to be an almost intolerable obstacle to his education. In this interlude between the two parts of Matt's story he asks my advice on a few topics. Question #1: Matt is learning more about politics and philosophy and wants to share these ideas with friends. What's the best approach? What framing errors should be avoided? How do we get ideological opponents to look at their own ideas critically? We talk about communication, persuasion, shame, compassion and the ...

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  • 2 April

    [PODCAST] #553: How A Teen Took Control of His Own Life (Matt Maruca, Part One)

    Many of you are going to learn a lot this week. And your teacher is eighteen years old. This is an amazing story (told in three parts) of what is possible when a young person embraces personal responsibility and self-directed, real-world education. In the midst of my growing frustration about things like #MarchForOurLives and the misleading of young people, I received relief and some hope in the form of an email. It opened: "I am 18 and have been watching your show for over a year. It has helped me tremendously in my process of deciding not to attend college, starting on my own business, and becoming financially independent at age 18. If you happen to have some time ever, ...

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March, 2018

  • 27 March

    [PODCAST] #552: #ENOUGH – With Thaddeus Russell

    #MarchForOurLives

    This past weekend hundreds of thousands of ill-informed teenagers participated in a nationwide accidental fundraiser for the NRA called #MarchForOurLives. Thaddeus Russell returns to examine the bigger picture. We'll discuss the fetish-ization of children by both the left and the right. Other themes include politics as a performance on a stage, dangers of absolutist thinking, Manichaeism (the age-old religious idea of fighting the battle against the darkness on the side of the light, and the comfort and illusion of moral superiority that idea brings), why this phenomenon does NOT require "crisis actors," and the harnessing of teenage angst towards political ends. Also: The Next Renegade University and School Sucks Project event is happening May 11-13 in the original renegade city ...

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  • 25 March

    [PODCAST] #551: What It Means To Be Educated – Blake Boles (Part 2)

    self directed learning

    Part Two of Two Today's show is intended as a resource for listeners looking to share the ideas of alternative education and self directed learning with their friends and family, or with anyone wants to learn more about these subjects. Blake Boles builds exciting alternatives to traditional school for self-directed young people. He runs the company Unschool Adventures and is the author of The Art of Self-Directed Learning, Better Than College, and College Without High School. Blake and I discuss the path to more self directed learning 1. How to define the current school problem 2. Why Schooling is not the same as education 3. John Taylor Gatto's definition of real education 4. The attributes of an educated person 5. ...

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October, 2017

  • 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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  • 18 October

    [BONUS] Drive Journal – Day 3

    (AUDIO, 16 minutes) -From East Hartford CT to The Pine Barrens NJ -Presence -Interviewing Richard Grove 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 people. Related Posts[BONUS] Drive Journal - Day 2Tags: education, brett, country, tour, days, america, will, school, alternatives, public[BONUS] Drive Journal - Day 9Tags: education, ...

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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.