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Latest Podcasts

March, 2019

  • 12 March

    Professor CJ – Considering Community College? – Part 2 of 2 [PODCAST #602]

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    Part Two: Current Challenges For Community College Students CJ Kilmer is a college history professor and the host of the acclaimed The Dangerous History Podcast. A couple weeks ago CJ expressed some frustration about his teaching job on Facebook - it included the word "soul-crushing" - and I saw it as an opportunity to connect over similar experiences. It's also an opportunity to share with you a long-form discussion on community college. The conversation is divided into two parts; in the previous show we covered the institutional problems and this installment will focus on current student and cultural challenges. CJ has been teaching college history since 2006, so we're working with a sample size of several thousand students. Community college ...

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  • 7 March

    Professor CJ – Considering Community College? – Part 1 of 2 [PODCAST #601]

    community college

    Part One: Structural/Political Problems With Community College CJ Kilmer is a college history professor and the host of the acclaimed The Dangerous History Podcast. A couple weeks ago CJ expressed some frustration about his teaching job on Facebook - it included the word "soul-crushing" - and I saw it as an opportunity to connect over similar experiences. It's also an opportunity to share with you a long-form discussion on community college. The conversation is divided into two parts; today we'll cover the institutional problems and the next installment will focus on current student and cultural challenges. Reduction in the variety of community college course offerings -reduced relationship cultivation with students -2008-2017 saw 30% drop in BA degrees in history -Since ...

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February, 2019

  • 28 February

    Special: The Music of School Sucks Podcast [PODCAST #600]

    If you're a new listener this is not best place to start. Nick and Lizzie from Sounds Like Liberty accompany me on a melodious journey, where I'll explain how my tastes in music were formed and how those tastes are incorporated into the podcast. 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 school and college). Your support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering our work. Please help us continue to spread this ...

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November, 2017

  • 19 November

    [BONUS] Drive Journal – Day 35

    (AUDIO, 43 minutes) -From Ardmore OK to Memphis TN (Recorded while we were leaving Mena AR) -A very sketchy visit to the infamous Mena airstrip that CIA used in 80s cocaine trafficking -Clinton conspiracy theories from the Arkansas day through the present -The wisdom of the Frankfurt School? Click HERE to download. On October 15th Brett began a road trip across the country to interview listeners, parents and children about self-directed education, home education and other alternatives to public school/higher education. The School Sucks Across America Tour will last over 40 days and it includes stops in over 30 cities across the country. Through a series of interviews, Brett aims to take "alternative education" out of the abstract and to ...

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  • 16 November

    [BONUS] Drive Journal – Day 32

    (AUDIO, 43 minutes) -Albuquerque, NM to Amarillo, TX (even though we weren't sure at the time of recording) -Discussing our visit with the Erwin family today and our exploration of New Mexico -overcoming stress and frustration on both legs of the trip Click HERE to download. On October 15th Brett began a road trip across the country to interview listeners, parents and children about self-directed education, home education and other alternatives to public school/higher education. The School Sucks Across America Tour will last over 40 days and it includes stops in over 30 cities across the country. Through a series of interviews, Brett aims to take "alternative education" out of the abstract and to bring real life examples to thousands ...

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  • 13 November

    [BONUS] Video Drive Journal – Day 30

    (VIDEO, 27 minutes) -Los Angeles to Glendale, Arizona -First drive journal with Nick in the car -Coming from A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell -The School Sucks Across America documentary Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 On October 15th Brett began a road trip across the country to interview listeners, parents and children about self-directed education, home education and other alternatives to public school/higher education. The School Sucks Across America Tour will last over 40 days and it includes stops in over 30 cities across the country. Through a series of interviews, Brett aims to take "alternative education" out of the abstract and to bring real life examples to thousands of young people. Related Posts[BONUS] Video Drive Journal – ...

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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

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