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November, 2018

  • 9 November

    Sandra Dodd – On Unschooling and Choice [PODCAST #585]

    Sandra Dodd is a world-renown unschooling and natural learning advocate, and the mother of three adult unschooled children. Her website SandraDodd.com is one of the most comprehensive unschooling resources on the internet. She joins me for a fast-paced but fairly comprehensive discussion on unschooling and choice and her unschooling experiences, influences and philosophy. From Public School Teaching To Unschooling How did Sandra's revelations as a teacher help her embrace unschooling? How Sandra was able able to take ownership over her classroom. John Holt and others informed Sandra's approach to teaching Unschoolers and Reading Sandra share the stories of her three children learning to read, and how there might not always be clear incremental steps. A Mindset For Unschooling - "read ...

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  • 1 November

    Thank You, John Taylor Gatto [PODCAST #584]

    john taylor gatto

    In Remembrance 1935-2018 A monologue about the courageous life and work of John Taylor Gatto, and the story of how he changed my life. How many teachers reluctantly acknowledge the failure of mass compulsory schooling? How many become disheartened but then relegate themselves to quiet conformity? How many hunt for the villains, but simply wind up sniveling behind the closed doors of the teachers’ lounge, choosing to blame children and parents? If you've worked in or around the public schools - or even if you simply endured the requisite 15,000 hours as a student - you're likely able to form some rough estimations for these questions. Yet how powerful is the voice of the teacher with the conviction to take ...

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October, 2018

  • 18 October

    Zak Slayback – How High School Students Can Get Ahead In Their Careers [PODCAST #583]

    21st century career advice that guidance counselors don't provide. Zak Slayback returns to discuss some helpful action items ambitious high school students can embrace to position themselves ahead of college graduates in the job market. This is a proven career building formula; Zak will share his stories about how these actions benefited him in his professional climb. It's a upward process of passion-driven learning, making connections, building new knowledge based on those connections, making richer connections based on that new knowledge, signaling that new knowledge, and building a broader network with those signals. Read Zak's blog article, How a High School Student Can Get Ahead in Their Career. Details: - Why young people need to start personal websites while in ...

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  • 15 October

    Skipping College Isn’t Easy – With Alex Bell [PODCAST #582]

    Alex Bell was the teenager I had mind when I first started this whole School Sucks project. Struggling through school and variety of personal challenges, he was the kind of person I hoped to reach. Unfortunately, I didn't know this until we connected in Salem, MA in 2017. He discovered School Sucks Podcast in 2009, when the show was about three months old, and he has been a listener since then. Nine years later, Alex is in The Studio of Champions to talk about his journey from that discovery to the present day. Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest running liberty-minded podcasts on the web, and the ...

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December, 2017

  • 28 December

    [BONUS] Wheels Off Liberty Reunion – UNEDITED

    (#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY THIRTY-FOUR - NOV 17 - Ardmore, OK) WARNING: This sucks worse than the actual show does. With 35 additional minutes of behind the scenes, out-takes and other material deemed not good enough for the final cut (believe it or not). Or click HERE to download. View all shows from School Sucks Across America View all shows from Brett On Wheels Off Liberty Related Posts066: School Sucks/Wheels Off Liberty Simul-(pod)-cast, AKA The Wheels Off Liberty Sucks PodcastTags: liberty, wheels, school, sucks, warning, maddux, crane, mike, jamie[PODCAST] #535: The Wheels Off Liberty ReunionTags: school, sucks, a/v, wheels, liberty, bonus, view, brett, mike, reunionWheels Off Liberty #95Tags: liberty, jamie, wheels, craneWheels Off Liberty #91Tags: liberty, wheels, crane, jamieWheels Off Liberty ...

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  • 15 December

    [BONUS] #531: Michael Malice Interviews Brett – With Commentary

    Supplemental Show - Michael Malice and Brett discuss the history of public school, educational alternatives, School Sucks Across America, parenting, helicopter stuff, etc... This version includes more commentary on mistakes and missed opportunities. Or click HERE. Related Posts[PODCAST] #531: Michael Malice Interviews BrettTags: school, sucks, a/v, malice, education, michael, america, public, brett, alternative[BONUS] Drive Journal - Day 2Tags: education, brett, america, school, alternatives, public, includes, sucks, interviews, alternative

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November, 2017

  • 24 November

    [BONUS] Final Video Drive Journal – Day 40

    (VIDEO, 20 minutes) -New York City to Yale University -The Sun sets on School Sucks Across America Part 1 Part 2 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] Video Drive Journal – Day ...

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  • 19 November

    [BONUS] Drive Journal – Day 35

    (AUDIO, 43 minutes) -From Ardmore OK to Memphis TN (Recorded while we were leaving Mena AR) -A very sketchy visit to the infamous Mena airstrip that CIA used in 80s cocaine trafficking -Clinton conspiracy theories from the Arkansas day through the present -The wisdom of the Frankfurt School? 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 ...

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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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