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April, 2018

  • 13 April

    The Relationship Benefits of Unschooling – With Pam Laricchia [PODCAST #557]

    I'm pleased to present one of our finest productions on the topic of unschooling. An important thread running through this conversation: the benefits of unschooling in terms of relationship with self, with family and with people in the community. Pam Laricchia is the creator of the blog livingjoyfully.ca - an amazing, well-organized resource for people exploring how to live and learn without school. She is also the author of several books on unschooling, including The Unschooling Journey: A Field Guide. Pam began unschooling with her three children back in 2002 and she has continued her enthusiastic exploration through blogging, podcasting and presenting at conferences. PAM'S UNSCHOOLING BACKGROUND * Pam's new Book What is Unschooling? The mission of her site. * ...

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  • 10 April

    The Making of A Mindless Movement – A Teacher’s Perspective On Student Walkouts [PODCAST #556]

    This April we'll be showered with more misguided student walkouts and other "teen-led" gun control activism displays. Shortly after releasing Podcast #552: #ENOUGH – With Thaddeus Russell I received an email from a public school teacher who wished to remain anonymous. I thought this was an important perspective to share with you, and I was grateful for the opportunity to give this teacher a platform. Hi Brett, I am an elementary school teacher and a relatively new listener to your show. When the School Walkout happened, I was compelled to write about it. Then, I heard your latest episode with Thad Russell! Many of the thoughts you shared are also echoed in my piece. Perhaps I am preaching to the ...

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  • 6 April

    How A Teen Took Control of His Own Life – Matt Maruca, Part Two [PODCAST #555]

    This is the continuation of Matt's awesome story about what is possible when a young person embraces personal responsibility and self-directed, real-world education. In today's conversation, Matt continues to discuss his health research and how the Bosnia trip was a catalyst for more learning. I learn about Mitochondrial health, sunlight and Vitamin D, dangers of our unnatural environment, cold therapy and cold thermogenesis, reducing blue light exposure and maintaining a healthy biological rhythm. Matt used his research to start a successful business: Ra Optics Previous Shows In this Series: [PODCAST] #553: How A Teen Took Control of His Own Life (Matt Maruca, Part One) [PODCAST] #554: “Face It” – Q&A (Matt Maruca, Interlude) Background: In the midst of my growing ...

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  • 4 April

    [PODCAST] #554: “Face It” – Q&A (Matt Maruca, Interlude)

    Matt Maruca began his self-education journey at age 13. In middle school Matt began seeking answers to a variety of chronic ailments, discovered the joys of self-directed learning and never looked back. After realizing and harnessing his efficacy and abilities, he found school to be an almost intolerable obstacle to his education. In this interlude between the two parts of Matt's story he asks my advice on a few topics. Question #1: Matt is learning more about politics and philosophy and wants to share these ideas with friends. What's the best approach? What framing errors should be avoided? How do we get ideological opponents to look at their own ideas critically? We talk about communication, persuasion, shame, compassion and the ...

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April, 2017

  • 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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  • 21 March

    [BONUS] A Political Potpourri With Richard Grove and Kevin Cole

    (AUDIO, 91 MINUTES) With Richard Grove and Kevin Cole, Deep End Episode 21 A discussion about academic conformism and my new series with Thaddeus Russell - the changing educational paradigm - Lenin and Marxism - seeking out new intellectual challenges - everyone's got an angle - the diabolical Alex Jones - how do you get off the Trump Train (if and when you need to)? - Vault 7 - millennial hackers - Signal app, BullRun and encryption breaking - how Trump stays a step ahead of the media - Trump as a threat to the "liberal" international order - American vs. British values - globalism today - remember Project For A New American Century - Stoic snowstorm management Direct link ...

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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.