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February, 2019

  • 5 February

    The Apprenticeship Path Around College Debt [PODCAST #597]

    There's big money and big opportunity in sales, even without 4 to 6 years of additional schooling. Unfortunately, the only six-figure number too many twenty-three-year-olds are looking at is on a collections letter from the Department of Education. Today's guest presents the story of his exciting and rewarding alternate path. Nick Rundlett is the first Praxis alumni that I've had the pleasure to interview on School Sucks. He's also a long-time listener of the show. We open our conversation talking about Nick's high school experience, including a long captivating tangent into his explanation of "impromptu Speech" competitions. For Nick, high school was an often undemanding path to college, and college merely the path to a career. He opted for community ...

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January, 2019

  • 29 January

    The Great Conversation In the Age of Screeching [PODCAST #596]

    Scott Hambrick is a home educating parent, entrepreneur, strength coach and the creator (Reader In Chief) of OnlineGreatBooks.com. He returns to discuss the power of questions in the Great Conversation, how to read philosophy, and what the hell is going on out there. Can Philosophical Engagement Bring Serenity In the Current Year? Scott and I run through some current events including Covington, AOC/Trump - I'm realizing the media has decayed faster than I have been able to keep up with it - how does this work fit into our current world? - How to maintain calm and rationality and in a hysterical irrational world - Prioritizing the pursuit of truth while so many are willing to abandon it The Power ...

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  • 21 January

    Breakaway Learning – A New Solution For Self-Directed Teens [PODCAST #595]

    self-directed learning for teens

    Colleen Mascenik is a retired World Bank development economist, home-schooling mom, and now an innovator in self-directed learning for teens. Her new platform is called The Breakaway Learning Project. I was very encouraged to discover Breakaway Learning; I see it as a missing piece of the puzzle for many families trying to map the self-directed education process from early childhood through their child's first professional/entrepreneurial endeavor. Many home-educated teens opt into school, either because they're hungry for a novel social scene or they see it as a reliable path to college admissions. Colleen and I envision a future when those needs can be met through other means. In the first of hopefully many conversations, Colleen and I cover the following ...

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  • 14 January

    Zak Slayback – Proven Strategies For Landing A Great Mentor [PODCAST #594]

    how to find a mentor

    How to find a mentor - Zak Slayback returns to the Studio of Champ-yinz to discuss how self-directed learners of all ages can build a "Cabinet of Models" to propel their professional growth. This cabinet includes teachers, advisors, and mentors. Early in the show we'll make the distinction between teachers, advisors and mentors, outline the desirable attributes of each, how long each relationship should last, the type of knowledge and benefit you should seek from each, and the weight to give their advice in the context of your larger goals and plans. Later we'll focus in on how to find a mentor. Zak has gone through this process himself, building a strong relationship with Isaac Morehouse of Praxis that helped ...

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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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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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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.