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March, 2018

  • 16 March

    [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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  • 13 March

    [PODCAST] #548: Is College Worth It? Economist Bryan Caplan Says No

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    Today, everyone is asking "is college worth it?" Oh, wait a minute...no they're not. In fact, considering the looming student loan debt crisis and troubling graduation numbers, almost nobody is thinking deeply and carefully enough about this question. Furthermore, most students, parents, teachers and guidance counselors still view college as the only path a "college track" high schooler should consider. College is simply regarded as inevitable; it's the 13th grade. Enter Dr. Bryan Caplan. Bryan is a Professor of Economics at George Mason University and the author of a provocative new book titled The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money. His thesis: "Civilized societies revolve around education now, but there is a ...

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  • 5 March

    [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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February, 2018

  • 28 February

    [PODCAST] #546: Dropping Out of College, Why and How (Derek Magill, Part One)

    Part one of Two - Derek Magill joins me to discuss his personal journey through and beyond dropping out of college. 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 (his) intellectual and professional goals." He adds: "Over the last four years or so, my decision to leave has been vindicated. I’ve got a wonderful life, a great career, and I’ve gotten to spend 3-4 extra years pursuing my values on my own terms." My questions include - ...

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April, 2017

  • 22 April

    [BONUS] Podcast Therapy

    (AUDIO, 57 MINUTES) Following an airing of grievances, Brett counsels Puke, Nick and Andrew on how and why to save their podcast. Direct link HERE

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  • 17 April

    [BONUS] Full Show #487: New Angles On the Dark History of Public School – With Jay Dyer

    (1 HOUR, 56 MINUTES) This audio includes the extra hour. My first conversation with Jay Dyer - author of Esoteric Hollywood and host of Jay's Analysis. Direct Link HERE. Hour One (Free): - how SSP helped Jay Dyer - shape-shifters? - comparing notes on the social engineers who influenced the schools - behaviorism projects in 1960s public schools - outcomes-based education - freedom from the individual up - disagreements about the libertarian philosophy Hour Two (Premium, Available HERE): - disagreements about the libertarian philosophy (continued) - the emergence of a voluntary world? - ways to talk parents out of public school - what do elite universities offer? - educational entrepreneurship - Getting Things Done - much more... Please Support School ...

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March, 2017

  • 31 March

    [BONUS] Podcastmasters Aftershow 3-25-17

    (AUDIO, 54 MINUTES, ADULTS ONLY) Andrew, Dale, Gardner, Osborne and Brett debate the following topics: - Do-It-Yourself vs. "hire a guy" - Star Wars vs. Star Trek - Mel Brooks vs. Woody Allen - Neil Diamond vs. Tom Jones - Stallone vs. Schwarzenegger - Billy Joel vs. Elton John - Hulk Hogan vs. Paul Hogan and more... Direct Link HERE

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  • 28 March

    [BONUS] Steve Patterson Interview: How Would You Debate Thaddeus Russell?

    (AUDIO, 92 MINUTES) Steve Patterson joins me to discuss how he would approach a debate with Thaddeus Russell, or anyone who denies objective truth. Per listener requests, a conversation between Steve and Thad is in the works for the near future. In this audio, Steve responds to School Sucks Podcast #310a: Thaddeus Russell Q&A (Part 1): Why Libertarians Should Absolutely Be Relativists, recorded in 2014. I ask him how he would have approached this discussion. We discuss metaphysical and linguistic truth, extreme skepticism, objectivity vs. subjectivity, correspondence theory, the question "is there an objective truth?" and "can we access it?", Steve's idea of the objectivity of subjectivity, consciousness, the philosophy of language, the history and political utility of postmodernism, conspiracy, ...

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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.