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April, 2020

  • 27 April

    Harvard’s Homeschool Hypocrisy, With Corey DeAngelis, Part 1 of 2 [PODCAST #653]

    Corey DeAngelis is finally here! This week we'll be working to defend home education against the most facile and predictable of criticisms, coming from a still formidable opinion-shaping academic institution. It's Harvard Weak (week)! Harvard magazine publishes an incredibly weak assault on homeschooling. That piece points us to a scholarly article in the Arizona Law Review, which is mind-bending in its weakness and unchecked premises. And all of this is in anticipation of an upcoming anti-homeschooling summit at Harvard Law School. So we'll see how that goes! But I predict weak. Fortunately a very impressive group of self-directed education advocates - Cevin Soling, Corey DeAngelis, Kerry McDonald, Patrick Farenga, and Peter Gray - has organized a response; it's a virtual ...

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  • 24 April

    [preview] Revolting – 2 Clips

    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: Two clips. The first comes from a recent members-only discussion I did for Nathan Fraser's Free Market Squad on several topics, including whether or not we'll see parents revolt against the current schooling system once they have a closer look at what their children are doing every day. The second clip comes from this week's AUTONOMY Mastermind. We discuss the recent quarantine revolt and the revolting mainstream media counter-narrative that followed. Both are available to supporting listeners. Join us here: Patreon, A/V Club ...

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  • 20 April

    Critical Thinking Questions For An Increasingly Uncertain Future [PODCAST #652]

    Part Four of the Test Drive Your Future college and career guidance series. For our purposes here, can this new future still be test-driven? Jim and I inventory our evolving understanding and expanding concerns - political, personal, social, medical, professional, economic - and we explore how to plan accordingly for what might be next. Also Discussed: - Capitalizing on a Crisis, not just for politicians! How we can take advantage of this crisis to grow, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually - Reconnecting with your core beliefs, your spiritual operating system, the foundation upon which your beliefs are built - The value of death awareness Jim Hood is a father, entrepreneur, eventual autodidact, and a School Sucks listener. He and his wife ...

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  • 17 April

    [preview] Long Way Down (One Last Thing)

    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: An analysis and appreciation of a truly explosive third act scene in Paul Thomas Anderson's epic second film. (FULL AUDIO: 114 MINUTES) Picture of the Month Club (April 2020) BOOGIE NIGHTS Releasing April 18th, 2020 on Patreon, A/V Club and SubscribeStar. We felt that a Paul Thomas Anderson film was long overdue, and we both agreed that Boogie Nights had served as a very important stop on our personal film enthusiast journeys. Boogie Nights is an epic story of downfall (and possible redemption, ...

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March, 2020

  • 12 March

    [BONUS] Picture of the Month Club – Terminator 2: Judgement Day

    Installment #5 (AUDIO, 109 MINUTES) Is T2 is the best action film ever made? Thirteen-year-old Brett Veinotte thought so! It's certainly one of the most impressive sequels. Directed by James Cameron and released in 1991, T2 set a new standard for blockbuster films. Some of the (mind-boggling by 1991 standards) special effects might look a bit dated today, but there are numerous reasons this film has stood the test of time. We'll discuss... the story laid out in The Terminator and Terminator 2, and the predestination paradox, but we don't get stuck here forever what is the film trying to say about humanity, destiny, and hope? the character arcs of Sarah Connor and the T-800 (Arnold) Why the film's score ...

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  • 6 March

    The Discomfort Zone (s03e06) Discomfort Phone

    Brett and Andrew offer what is undoubtedly masterful dating and romantic relationship advice to Andrew's long-time friend Amy. Amy repeatedly becomes involved with men who are beneath her league. Why does she do it? And how can she stop? Think of it as The Bachelorette meets Nathaniel Branden's Psychology of Romantic Love meets Amy, as she meets the most unimpressive men in Western Pennsylvania over and over again.

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February, 2020

  • 29 February

    [BONUS] AUTONOMY Mastermind – February 18th, 2020

    Featuring Richard Grove and 15 Autonomy students. - Rich and I warm up with some marketing talk. - Then Rich and I discuss the current vaccine controversy in CT. - Messaging without massaging: A thought experiment and discussion about the actual effectiveness of InfoWars. - Feedback from an AUTONOMY participant on some advice I gave several weeks back. How to move from inertia into action. Related Posts[BONUS] An Unscheduled Q&A With Richard Grove and Brett VeinotteTags: autonomy, discussion, grove, richard, bonus, rich, action, a/v[BONUS] Autonomy Mastermind - December 3rd, 2019Tags: autonomy, mastermind, students, grove, richard, bonus, featuring, discussion, a/v[BONUS] AUTONOMY Mastermind - January 7th, 2020Tags: autonomy, discuss, grove, richard, featuring, bonus, mastermind, students, talk, rich[BONUS] Autonomy Mastermind - November 19th, ...

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  • 21 February

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s03e05) The More, the More.

    The continued story of Andrew's impossible life. Options and opportunities abound, and more opportunities are knocking on his door. But on the other side of that door is a house languishing in a state of unfinish. That can be taken literally or figuratively. Brett's life is great, btw. No Player? Click HERE

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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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