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September, 2019

  • 5 September

    Self-Discipline Month (Introduction) – Dopamine Fast [PODCAST #624]

    You struggle with self discipline. How hard should you be on yourself about that? We debate this question and set up the problem and internal conflict that this series will address in the coming weeks. This show features an excerpt from The Discomfort Zone (s02414) "On Purpose." Registration is now open for the first ever UN-IVERSITY virtual event, The Ideas Into Action Summit. It goes live on October 11th, and you can learn more about the presenters, topics and other details HERE. 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 ...

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  • 3 September

    Picture of the Month Club – Mad Max Fury Road [PODCAST #623, FREE BONUS]

    September is Back to School Sucks Month and we begin with this one-time-only free-for-all installment of our bonus series Picture of the Month Club. Because everyone needs to hear it. This show also carries a very special announcement: Registration is now open for the first ever UN-IVERSITY virtual event, The Ideas Into Action Summit. It goes live on October 11th, and there are special registration instructions for SSP listeners in the monologue. You can learn more about the presenters, topics and other details HERE. Today's Show: PICTURE OF THE MONTH CLUB is a monthly series featuring Dutch - a delightful, insightful and successful film maker who wants to teach you the grammar and logic of cinema. Many will remember Dutch ...

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August, 2019

  • 2 August

    Moritz Bierling On Achieving Full Agency Inside All Arenas [PODCAST #622]

    Moritz Bierling returns for another marathon conversation about how individuals can be navigators of increasingly complex and dysfunctional communications arenas. The primary focus is what Moritz refers to as the Agent/Arena Relationship. Arenas - be they social, political, cultural, or economic - are breaking down all around us, and many people struggle to figure out how to adapt and thrive (or maybe just survive) in this flux. We talk about how to achieve stability through adaptability in these situations. One of the keys is the building of "internal coherence" or self-integration. Dis-integrated selves cannot be the building blocks of harmonious or even sustainable groups or institutions. Such harmony requires individual agents with the ability to read and understand the dynamics ...

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July, 2019

  • 18 July

    School Sucks Live and Interactive, Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest [PODCAST #621]

    The lively finale in our string of productions from the 2019 Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest. Recorded on Saturday evening, June 22nd. The questions (paraphrased): 1. Who wins in a rap battle, John Dewey or Horace Mann? (Prof CJ) 2. In your 10 years of doing the show, what's one important idea you've rethought or revised? (Prof CJ) 3. Should we let go of the hopes of running successful agorist businesses? (Beth S.) 4. Are marketing and advertising predatory? Under what conditions? (Joe M.) 5. How do you know your potential? (Sherry) 6. Where are you falling short of your potential? (Sherry) 7. What if I send my child to public school? (Gretchen) Want to stay in the loop on ...

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October, 2019

  • 7 October

    [BONUS] An Unscheduled Q&A With Richard Grove and Brett Veinotte

    After Rich and I recorded his presentation for the upcoming Ideas Into Action Summit last Tuesday, we stuck around and took questions and discussion topics from members of the Autonomy community. You can learn more about Autonomy HERE. Topics Include: 1. How to add value to your own life before you try to value to the lives of others 2. How to handle high-stakes, volatile conversations with friends and family 3. "My children are in public school. How do I manage this?" Related PostsPre-Show 9-11-13Tags: a/v, brett, rich, grove, richardFull Video - 239 (Live): Inferential Distance, Parallel Thinking, and 9/11Tags: a/v, grove, richard[BONUS] Drive Journal - Day 3Tags: brett, public, school, life, bonus, richard, grove, children, a/vBonus Show: 9/11, Information ...

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September, 2019

August, 2019

  • 27 August

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s02e14) – On Purpose

    Young Alex is back in the Studio of Champ-yinz and we're talking about finding a purpose. Alex is 26 years old (or young) and he feels like his life is missing definition. But is that missing definition really a problem at this point? And how fluid will that definition be over the next five to ten years? Brett and Andrew give conflicting advice and then argue about it, Also discussed: forming habits, retreating to a comfort zone, practicing gratitude, achieving freedom, and acknowledging (and overcoming) your limitations. Don't see the player? Click HERE

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  • 22 August

    [BONUS] In Pursuit of Utopia – Episode 3 – Noble Lies

    Daniel McCarthy and I continue on monthly discussion on the history of Utopian visions and their consequences. In this episode: "The development from Aquinas through Locke and Newton represents more than four hundred years of stumbling, tortuous, prodigious effort to secularize the Western mind, i.e., to liberate man from the medieval shackles. It was the buildup toward a climax: the eighteenth century, the Age of Enlightenment. For the first time in modern history, an authentic respect for reason became the mark of an entire culture; the trend that had been implicit in the centuries-long crusade of a handful of innovators now swept the West explicitly, reaching and inspiring educated men in every field. Reason, for so long the wave of ...

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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.

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