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Latest Podcasts

December, 2019

  • 12 December

    Six Mistakes We Made In College, with Jim Hood [PODCAST #633]

    I actually made more than six mistakes, but for your purposes we'll stick with just six. Jim Hood is a father, entrepreneur, eventual autodidact, and a School Sucks listener. He and his wife Beth are also authors of a book called Test Drive Your Future, which has now evolved into an online course. If you are a self-educating teen or the the parent of any teen with college and career decisions on the horizon, it's worth your time (and financial security) to check out their work. The course focuses on helping teens choose a college and career path that fits their skills and talents, avoids massive student debt, and helps them stay interested, inspired and growing. Here's the link: Test ...

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November, 2019

  • 27 November

    The Micro-School Movement – with Kerry McDonald [PODCAST #632]

    Kerry McDonald returns to discuss the growing Micro-School movement. What is a Micro-School and why should we be talking about them? (and why am I excited about a school?) We'll also cover blended learning, the question of screen time for children, and a thriving micro-school network in Arizona Kerry recently profiled in Forbes Magazine. That article is called How Micro-School Networks Expand Learning Options Kerry McDonald is a Senior Education Fellow at FEE and author of Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom. She is also an adjunct scholar at The Cato Institute and a regular Forbes contributor. Kerry has a B.A. in economics from Bowdoin College and an M.Ed. in education policy from Harvard University. She lives ...

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  • 19 November

    First Moments, With Jay Harrington – Self-Discipline Part 5 [PODCAST #631]

    "Success, happiness, contentment, joy, accomplishment—all of these things hinge on one’s ability to tame the mind. To be conscious and aware. To make our minds our servants not our masters." Jay Harrington, LifeandWhim.com Jay Harrington is an entrepreneur, father, husband and adventurer who went from living the American dream to really living the American dream. He joins us today for fresh perspective on one of our ongoing topics: training the mind. I discovered Jay's great work while researching for our Self-Discipline series, through a blog article called Training the Mind: The Most Important Workout You’ll do in 2019. He opens with a problem: his mind not behaving the the way he would like. I can relate. We discuss several practices ...

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Supporter-Only Content

May, 2018

  • 3 May

    [BONUS] CUT SEGMENT – From Episode #562 With Thaddeus Russell

    (AUDIO, 37 MINUTES) I cut 35 minutes of discussion from the final version of episode #562. This was a difficult decision, because it was a captivating segment and I don't want to censor anything, but I need to consider what is best for the School Sucks brand, along with respect for other recent guests. The prompt for this portion of the discussion was this listener input: Peter M. - While I was intrigued by Thad's self interest approach to sobriety, and by the idea of replacing the puritan with an accountant, I think obligation to others still has an important role to play. Thad mentioned that part of his need to be sober involved wanting to have a relationship with ...

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April, 2018

  • 25 April

    [BONUS] Zak Slayback Outtakes + A Bonus Conversation on Self-Esteem From 2014

    (OUTTAKES 16 MINUTES, BONUS CONVERSATION 20 MINUTES) What landed on the cutting room floor after the marathon conversation with Zak, plus a conversation about depression, gratitude and self-esteem on Andrew's show in 2014. It's interesting to listen to where we were at four years ago. Or click HERE

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  • 25 April

    [BONUS] Empathy Is Overrated? And the San Francisco Sons of Liberty

    An unreleased snapshot from School Sucks Across America. In early Novemeber 2017, I attended a "Friendsgiving" dinner party with School Sucks listeners and friends. Huge thanks to Darren and Mic for hosting and making sure I had a great time while in the Bay Area. Back in 2014, Darren actually bought me the Zoom h4 I used to record all the audio during the trip. So after people had a few drinks, I pulled it out, hit record and set it on the table (people were aware). This audio is edited; it features two portions of over three hours of lively conversation. Topics include: - A criticism of School Sucks? - Is empathy overrated - Alex Jones - California pot ...

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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.