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August, 2018

  • 6 August

    Teaching With the Wrong Politics and No License? – With Alex Bell and His Friend Ben [PODCAST #572]

    A hilltop teachers' round table on a beautiful Pittsburgh Monday morning. Longtime listener and supporter (and friend) Alex Bell came to Pittsburgh this weekend; we celebrated the 9th anniversary of School Sucks with an adventure around the city and a marathon podcast. One of Alex's aims of this trip was to connect me with his friend Ben, who leans conservative (while being open-minded about libertarian philosophy) and teaches without a degree or license. I thought our conversation would center around the challenges and frustrations of a man with the wrong ideology working in a hostile environment. But it wound up being far more enriching. Ben and I interviewed each other, and shared our educational philosophies, challenges and experiences. Please Support ...

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July, 2018

  • 26 July

    The Deep Roots of the Current Information* Crisis – Skinner Layne and Moritz Bierling – Part 2 of 3 [PODCAST #571]

    * I'm using the word "information" very loosely. Skinner Layne and Moritz Bierling are back for a deeper drive into the current digital malaise and its varied and complicated roots. This malaise includes "fake news," information (or input) overload, social media fatigue, loss of privacy, no data ownership, etc... Skinner is the founder of Exosphere Academy and Moritz, formerly the Director of Research, now serves as an advisor. Exosphere Academy is a learning and problem solving community with 2-day traveling workshops and an 8-week residential program "to learn new skills, build exciting projects with other dynamic people, and jumpstart your new life & career." In our previous discussion we talked about an infinite game approach to the current digital crisis. ...

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June, 2018

  • 30 June

    How To Study History With Professor CJ [PODCAST #569]

    how to study history

    (Recorded at the Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest) CJ Kilmer is a college history professor and the host of the acclaimed The Dangerous History Podcast. He has been one of the most frequently requested guests on School Sucks, so consider this show an icebreaker for future conversations. The History of CJ -CJ's origin story and influences -Surviving college with the "wrong" ideas -How to vet professors How To Study History -spotting bias and slant in academic books -collecting sources -comparing and synthesizing different perspectives -note-taking -Adler's How To Read A Book History Potpourri -Recovering from studying history in public school -missed opportunities to fall in love with history in school -the History of Public Education -embracing shock value in storytelling ...

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  • 27 June

    The Mind and Mindset of Scott Horton [PODCAST #568]

    (As explained by Scott Horton) Scott Horton is a well-known and widely respected author, broadcaster and US foreign policy analyst. I have always wanted to have Scott on the show, but despite the large overlap in our audiences there is little overlap in our topics of discussion. However, we were both speakers at the Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest, and I was presented with a unique opportunity to have a one-on-one chat. Event organizer Joe Moutard invited me to tag along as he shuttled Scott to the airport to catch a flight. With Scott in sitting the front, me settled in the back, Joe driving quickly and 90s hip hop on the radio, I began a series of off the ...

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September, 2017

  • 6 September

    [BONUS] Post-Family Vacation Group Therapy

    Arguing the merits of therapy - happiness through living unconsciously? - permissive vs authoritarian parenting, observations - invisible children, until they do something displeasing - off-the-table discussions in my family

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August, 2017

  • 28 August

    [BONUS] Stop Saying “Virtue Signaling” (and do this instead)

    (Comedy, Strong Language) Brett, James, Andrew and Osborne are tired of the phrase "virtue signaling." But it does describe a phenomenon that needs a name. The term #FruitBowling is born, added to Urban Dictionary and given a theme song (included) Also, Macklemore sucks.

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  • 13 August

    [BONUS] Diversity, Social Engineering and White Nationalism

    A discussion about August news topics including the Google memo and Charlottesville turns into a screaming f-word fest of frustration. - Sensitivity Training vs. social self-sufficiency education - Lessons from Libertarian activism - Psychology of helplessness - Social issues: the left's funnel to anti-capitalism?

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July, 2017

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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