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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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Noah Tetzner – The Unschooler Podcast Star [PODCAST #567]

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Noah Tetzner is 17. He left school last year to become an unschooler (it was his mother's idea!) and just a couple of months ago he launched The History of Vikings Podcast. The show was almost immediately successful; Noah has been invited to join a history podcast network, the show has thousands of listeners, he has made great connections with other historians of the Norseman and he is already being asked as a guest on other shows. Noah joins me today to talk about his passion for unschooling, how school destroys creative thinking, and how his life has blossomed away from school. He told me "between being in a school for 8 hours a day and all of the homework, ...

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James and Taylor Davis – A New Take On Peaceful Parenting [PODCAST #566]

Peaceful parenting is a difficult term. There definitely seems to be some implicit judgment there. What's the alternative to peaceful parenting? Violent parenting? Thus it's understandable why many curious parents would find the label off-putting, as it might raise concerns they wouldn't be able to live up to certain standards in their relationships with their children. Taylor and James Davis have created a podcast to share their parenting journey, one filled with unexpected challenges, new questions and wonderful successes. At OneFreeFamily.com they offer a new take on peaceful parenting. As the parents of young 3 children, they share their story with honesty and vulnerability, but without prescriptions or harsh judgments. Interestingly, Taylor and James both earned teaching certificates in college ...

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Deschool Yourself and Find Your Focus – With Zak Slayback, Part 1 [PODCAST #560]

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(Part One of Two) Zak Slayback returns for a marathon discussion on how to set and make progress towards meaningful personal and professional goals. Recorded April 9th in Pittsburgh, PA in the studio of good friend Andrew Mercer. I was really happy Andrew joined us; he added some great stories and thoughtful questions related to his own productivity journey. This first conversation focuses on the need to deschool yourself - how to unlearn and discard certain limiting beliefs that interfere with professional success and fulfillment. In the next installment we'll go into detail on Zak's "Ambition Mapping" process for goal setting. We start with some updates on Zak; since his last appearance on the show he left Praxis and he ...

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The Relationship Benefits of Unschooling – With Pam Laricchia [PODCAST #557]

I'm pleased to present one of our finest productions on the topic of unschooling. An important thread running through this conversation: the benefits of unschooling in terms of relationship with self, with family and with people in the community. Pam Laricchia is the creator of the blog livingjoyfully.ca - an amazing, well-organized resource for people exploring how to live and learn without school. She is also the author of several books on unschooling, including The Unschooling Journey: A Field Guide. Pam began unschooling with her three children back in 2002 and she has continued her enthusiastic exploration through blogging, podcasting and presenting at conferences. PAM'S UNSCHOOLING BACKGROUND * Pam's new Book What is Unschooling? The mission of her site. * ...

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How A Teen Took Control of His Own Life – Matt Maruca, Part Two [PODCAST #555]

This is the continuation of Matt's awesome story about what is possible when a young person embraces personal responsibility and self-directed, real-world education. In today's conversation, Matt continues to discuss his health research and how the Bosnia trip was a catalyst for more learning. I learn about Mitochondrial health, sunlight and Vitamin D, dangers of our unnatural environment, cold therapy and cold thermogenesis, reducing blue light exposure and maintaining a healthy biological rhythm. Matt used his research to start a successful business: Ra Optics Previous Shows In this Series: [PODCAST] #553: How A Teen Took Control of His Own Life (Matt Maruca, Part One) [PODCAST] #554: “Face It” – Q&A (Matt Maruca, Interlude) Background: In the midst of my growing ...

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

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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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[PODCAST] #550: Unschool Adventures – Blake Boles (Part 1)

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Blake Boles works to create alternatives to traditional school for self-directed young people. He directs the company Unschool Adventures and is the author of The Art of Self-Directed Learning, Better Than College, and College Without High School. Part One of Two This show is an introduction to the life and work of Blake Boles, and the next show will be a discussion of this book The Art of Self-Directed Learning. Today Blake and I discuss his background as a successful high school and college student, and how his ideas and career path changed with the discovery of John Taylor Gatto. "It was Gatto who inspired me, at age 21, to leave my own path in the sciences to become a ...

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[PODCAST] #549: Days of Wonder – An Inspiring Model For Alternative Education

Cynthia Day is the founder of and a teacher at the Days of Wonder School in Batavia, OH. I invited her on the show as part of a continuing effort to showcase successful and inspiring alternative education models, along with desirable attributes of voluntary learning communities. Cynthia began her teaching career in public school, but within a matter of years she discovered that the environment and culture presented serious obstacles to addressing the emotional and educational needs of her students. I had similar experiences; we compare stories. She ultimately left teaching to focus on homeschooling her own children. When they reached adulthood, she shifted her attention into creating an alternative school that encompassed the best aspects of homeschooling. The ultimate ...

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[PODCAST] #547: Building Your Own Credential and Career (Derek Magill, Part Two)

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Part Two of Two - Please Make Sure You Heard Part One! As as follow up to our conversation on dropping out of college, Derek Magill and I explore how to "build your own credential" in lieu of a degree. Derek explains why he believes such a self-directed credential is superior to the four-year degree, and he illustrates how you go on to signal that credential in the market. Derek is just twenty-four years old, but he is already enjoying great success as an entrepreneur, freelancer and writer. He also currently serves as the Director of Marketing for Praxis. Derek dropped out of the University of Michigan during his sophomore year because he "was not finding the experience valuable towards ...

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[PODCAST] #543: Peter Gray (Part Two) – School’s Impact On Creativity and Critical Thinking

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Part Two of Three Continuing our conversation on self-directed education, Peter and I discuss creativity and critical thinking - two skills we agree are left underdeveloped (or even damaged) by public school and college. This track leads us into a more general conversation about current college problems, including the anti-intellectual and anti-critical thinking trends of the recent years. On critical thinking, Peter has referenced studies and surveys that reveal about 50% of employers are dissatisfied with entry-level, college graduate employees (PayScale Inc.) and that college does little to improve higher level thinking (Academically Adrift: Limited Learning On College Campuses - 2011). On creativity, Peter wrote a piece called As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity. Peter informs us ...

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[PODCAST] #539: School Is A Choice – A Conversation With A Real Public School Teacher

Special occasion! Brian Huskie is a public school teacher in New York. He joins me to discuss his discoveries about public school over ten years of teaching, his process of coming to terms with those discoveries, and the solutions he is working to develop. Brian founded a self-directed learning program called Huskie's Heros that we'll discuss in detail in this episode. His website is titled School Is A Choice. He is also the founder of the Albany High/Capital District Refugee Scholarship Endowment, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, and author of A White Rose: A Soldier’s Story of Love, War, and School Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest ...

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[AUDIO EXTRA] Brett On Declare Your Independence With Ernest Hancock and Davi Barker

(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY THIRTY-ONE - NOV 14 - Glendale, AZ) Brett and Nick visit the Freedom's Phoenix headquarters on the 1st and 2nd days of the return trip. Brett, Ernie and Davi discuss the tour, Nick's documentary, schooling, college, self-directed education, the future, Bitcoin, and much more. View all shows from School Sucks Across America 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 only one completely devoted to the issue of education (versus public school and college). Your support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new ...

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[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 297(AUDIO, 14 minutes) -From Keene NH to East Hartford CT -Mark from FTL -Anxiety and routines ...

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[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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[BONUS] Drive Journal – Day 32

(AUDIO, 43 minutes) -Albuquerque, NM to Amarillo, TX (even though we weren't sure at the time of recording) -Discussing our visit with the Erwin family today and our exploration of New Mexico -overcoming stress and frustration on both legs of the trip 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 ...

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[BONUS] Video Drive Journal – Day 30

(VIDEO, 27 minutes) -Los Angeles to Glendale, Arizona -First drive journal with Nick in the car -Coming from A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell -The School Sucks Across America documentary Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 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] Video Drive Journal – ...

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[PODCAST] #524: The Detroit School Sucks Meet-Up

(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY ELEVEN - OCT 25 - DETROIT, MI) A late-night discussion with several members of a great liberty community in the Detroit area. I will definitely be visiting with these folks again in the near future. Most participants will address the second of our 2 questions: - What is your "school sucks" story? In other words, how did you come to realize that your schooling was not an education? - What actions did you take to solve this problem and become a self-directed learner? Thank you to Michael Patrick Slomzenski for setting up this event. It was an amazing night and recharge for the next leg of my trip! Learn more about School Sucks Across America Please Support ...

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[BONUS] Video Drive Journal – Day 26

(VIDEO, 27 minutes) -Morro Bay to Los Angeles -The last solo drive journal of School Sucks Across America -more coastal stops Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 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 297(AUDIO, 14 minutes) -From Keene NH to East Hartford CT ...

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[BONUS] Video Drive Journal – Day 25

(VIDEO, 14 minutes) -Bay Area to Morro Bay -I "visited" Hearst Castle -A stop at the beach, new discoveries 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] Video Drive Journal – Day 2697(VIDEO, 27 minutes) -Morro Bay to Los Angeles -The last solo drive journal of School Sucks Across ...

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[BONUS] Video Drive Journal – Day 24

(VIDEO, 31 minutes) -Darren Gill and I drive in to and through the city of San Francisco while discussing the politics of the Bay Area Part One Part Two 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] Video Drive Journal – Day 2596(VIDEO, 14 minutes) -Bay Area to Morro ...

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[PODCAST] #523: The Columbus School Sucks Roundtable

(#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY NINE - OCT 23 - Columbus, OH) Eleven people. Five mics. School stories, self-education journeys, identity politics, college, religion, home education experiences, childhood trauma, self-sufficiency and more. Most participants will address our 2 questions: - What is your "school sucks" story? In other words, how did you come to realize that your schooling was not an education? - What actions did you take to solve this problem and become a self-directed learner? Thank you to Drew Sample for setting up this event. It was a great night! Learn more about School Sucks Across America A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell Columbus Learning Co-op Please Support "School Sucks Across America" Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join ...

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[BONUS] Drive Journal – Day 22

(AUDIO, 43 Minutes) With Webmaster Tony driving around Sacramento Tony asks me questions about the trip and then we play word association games Click HERE for 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 297(AUDIO, 14 minutes) -From Keene NH to East Hartford CT ...

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