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Latest Podcasts

May, 2019

  • 29 May

    Bro, Do You Even Get Things Done? – Brett On Barbell Logic Podcast [PODCAST #613]

    Scott Hambrick and Matt Reynolds are entrepreneurs, Starting Strength coaches, and the team behind Barbell-Logic.com. While Barbell Logic primarily focuses on strength training, Scott and Matt also dig into various self-improvement topics; we recently collaborated on an old School Sucks favorite - David Allen's Getting Things Done. I will discuss how my use of GTD has changed since I first implemented it in 2013, including what I have added and subtracted. Matt has has taken a similar approach. We'll also discuss the importance of doing (and occasionally redoing) a "brain dump," the basic GTD workflow, how GTD helps us be more present with ourselves and the people we care about, the importance of context (time and place for work) and ...

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  • 22 May

    A Professor’s Fight Against Call-Out Culture – With Duke Pesta [PODCAST #612]

    Dr. Duke Pesta is an English Professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and the Academic Director of FreedomProject Education. Frustrated with "call-out culture" and the misguided efforts to shield young ADULTS from upsetting ideas, Dr. Pesta issued a contract to his students at the beginning of this school year. The highlights: - “In this course, we study literature from cultures that existed before you were born,” reads the contract's Statement of Purpose reads. “Their world is not our world. Their beliefs may not be our beliefs. No one asks you to believe or endorse any premise, attitude, precept, theology, political system, or ideology contained in these books or expressed in class. Nor will you ever lose points or be ...

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  • 13 May

    Toxic Profession – Why This Is Jonathan Carroll’s Last Month of Teaching [PODCAST #611]

    My guest today is Jonathan Carroll, a history teacher and a 20-year veteran of Florida's public schools. Jonathan's recent viral Facebook resignation post has made national news, and has inspired messages of appreciation from educators around the world. In his April 30th post he says that teaching has become a "toxic profession" because of numerous factors, several of which we've discussed on School Sucks for many years. While the point of this conversation is connection, and to let Jonathan tell his story long-form, I did need to ask if the compulsory nature of schooling could have produced anything other than toxic outcomes for far too many students and teachers. Special thanks to Jonathan for his commitment, courage to speak out, ...

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Supporter-Only Content

April, 2018

  • 20 April

    [BONUS] Michael Malice On Self-Discipline – Awkward Start Version

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    Podcast #559 with ten extra minutes at the beginning. Or click HERE. Michael Malice is an accomplished author, celebrity ghostwriter, Twitter provocateur, podcaster and cable news commentator. He joins me for what begins as a conversation about "health" and fitness practices, but then it evolves into a fascinating exploration of habit and self-discipline. I approached this personal development topic through the lens of fitness because Michael has expressed that the pursuit continues to be a challenge for him. I thought it would be more interesting to discuss a subject where Michael is trying to put the puzzle pieces together, versus one of his areas of expertise (anarchist philosophy, objectivism, North Korea and the New Right). For me, fitness has proven ...

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  • 11 April

    [BONUS] Fitness As A Foundation For A Productive and Prosperous Life

    (AUDIO, 103 MINUTES) This extremely detailed presentation is a continuation of the personal development conversations (The Long Bumpy Road...). In this episode Brett teams up with a competition power lifter named Larry to offer diet and exercise knowledge and advice to Andrew and James. Andrew is new to weightlifting; James is knowledgeable but currently in the process of getting restarted. We discuss diets vs. eating lifestyles, Brett and Andrew's AltShift macro-nutrient cycling experiment, low carb and keto, figuring out when and if the gym is right for you, workout splits, kettle bell training, plyometrics and band stretching, muscle building and DoggCrapp Training, setting goals, cardio questions, HIIT workouts, form and more Or click HERE

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March, 2018

  • 31 March

    [BONUS] The Long Bumpy Road… (Part 2)

    A continuation of The Long, Bumpy, Endless and Essential Road of Personal Development SEGMENT ONE (3-11-18) Optimizing personal finances Managing credit cards Accountability Professional Advancement - navigating around employer "stated preferences" and understanding what is needed The unexpected personal costs of financial mismanagement Weekly Goals A Freer Mind: The 5 step process of GTD and achieving presence SEGMENT TWO (3-18-18) GTD Implementation Overwhelm Weekly Reviews Connecting Vision to Long term goals, medium term goals, projects and actions Lacking vision and purpose Specifying Project outcomes The conversation then veers of course into a group invective about #MarchForOurLives, politics and intersectionality. Or click HERE Related PostsSee My D**k (Bonus Content Preview)Tags: bonus, a/vHacky Sack 8-24-13Tags: a/vPre-Show 5-31-12Tags: a/vPre-Show 7-26-12Tags: a/vShit Has Gone ...

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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.