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Latest Podcasts

July, 2020

  • 17 July

    [preview] Ideological Purity Tests

    Free Bonus Friday Enjoy (and you will enjoy) a snip of one of our bonus productions for supporting listeners, including The Discomfort Zone, In Pursuit of Utopia, Picture of the Month Club, and other older selections. Today: In Pursuit of Utopia 5 - Committee of Public Safety The French Revolutionaries began by addressing genuine grievances and demanding liberation from oppressive structures. They declared equal rights for all men, and even addressed women's rights more than any other political movement had. Slavery was outlawed. But... once the new regime took power and killed the king, the people's rights were suspended in the name of national security. Neighbors ratted on neighbors, and blood filled the streets. Released Nov 17, 2019 on Patreon ...

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  • 15 July

    Zooming In and Zooming Out – Steve Patterson – 2 of 2 [PODCAST #664]

    Steve Patterson is an author, a philosopher, a polymath, and a frequent contributor to School Sucks. He is also the host of Patterson In Pursuit; his podcast is a rich collection of philosophical discussions and debates. I consider Steve to be one of "go-to" people in the world of ideas, and I always appreciate his takes on social and political hot topics. In the previous show, we looked back at the first half of what is proving to be a disastrous year for rational discourse. Today Steve and I are more solutions-oriented; we discuss a useful practice for more effective critical thinking. Steve's Book: Square One: The Foundations of Knowledge Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to ...

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  • 13 July

    Zooming In and Zooming Out – Steve Patterson – 1 of 2 [PODCAST #663]

    Steve Patterson is an author, a philosopher, a polymath, and a frequent contributor to School Sucks. He is also the host of Patterson In Pursuit; his podcast is a rich collection of philosophical discussions and debates. I consider Steve to be one of my "go-to" people in the world of ideas, and I always appreciate his takes on social and political hot topics. Today, find out why he's probably leaving the country. Part two will be more solutions oriented - a discussion about a useful practice for more effective critical thinking. Steve's Book: Square One: The Foundations of Knowledge Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest running liberty-minded ...

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Supporter-Only Content

December, 2019

  • 1 December

    [BONUS] Autonomy Mastermind – November 26th, 2019

    The intro: This was supposed to be released last Friday, but due to a technical error it wasn't. Featuring Richard Grove and 13 Autonomy students! The first hour is spent speaking with Jim, who is building a course called Test Drive Your Future, aimed at young people struggling to find career paths. Jim and his wife have already a book on the subject The issue: How to find and speak to your ideal client avatar. Follow-Up Questions and Topics: Adam: How do I break away from classroom teaching and start my own online educational product or content? Chris: What does complete mean to you? The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. You can learn more ...

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November, 2019

  • 25 November

    [BONUS] Autonomy Mastermind – November 19th, 2019

    Featuring Richard Grove and 22 Autonomy students! The first hour is spent speaking with Tyler, an aspiring content creator. The issue: How do I develop consistency, but not just produce content for the sake of producing content, or for monetization. How often should you produce? A better question is how often can you produce value? We also discuss: - Branding, the importance of being your "weird-ass self" (credit: Landon Porter) - Why I quit my show in 2011 - Why we need to schedule time for new input and inspiration Follow-Up Questions and Topics: Lawrence: How do you find your voice and get started? Gus: Was School Sucks Project the result of a hatred for teaching? The downloadable version of ...

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  • 17 November

    [BONUS] In Pursuit of Utopia – Episode 5 – Committee of Public Safety

    A lot of what you're about to hear will sound oddly familiar... The French Revolutionaries began by addressing genuine grievances and demanding liberation from oppressive structures. They declared equal rights for all men, and even addressed women's rights more than any other political movement had. Slavery was outlawed. But... once the new regime took power and killed the king, the people's rights were suspended in the name of national security. Neighbors ratted on neighbors, and blood filled the streets. Thousands and thousands suspected of being traitors to the revolution were beheaded. The chaos that ensued eventually "settled" into the aggressive empire of Napoleon (who rolled back some of the original revolutionary reforms, such as the abolition of slavery). The starving ...

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CORE TOPIC - Why does school suck?

John Taylor Gatto

CORE TOPIC - What does self-directed 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.