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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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  • 7 May

    UNeducation? – Defending Families Against Globalist Indoctrination and Other Top-Down Intrusions [PODCAST #610]

    Pam Lucashu is a home-educating parent and the Legislative Liaison for The Education of Christian Homeschoolers of CT. Because much of our recent content has been devoted to exciting and revolutionary educational alternatives, I wanted to spotlight Pam as an exemplar of the often forgotten people who are doing the less glamorous work of defending children and families from incursions from state legislatures and beyond. Some examples: In 2015 Pam worked with parental and homeschool rights advocates to form the CT Parental Rights Coalition to respond to the Sandy Hook Commission Report. The commission made recommendations to further regulate home education, using the false pretext that Adam Lanza had been homeschooled. Pam is also an outspoken critic of UN/UNESCO designs ...

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May, 2019

  • 7 May

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s02e08) – Upgrade Your Problems

    Today we welcome a TDZ listener to the conversation for the first time. IT IS A HUGE SUCCESS! Jay shares his backstory, his punchings, his challenges, and some valuable advice for us. We talk primarily about romantic relationships and attitudes about food. Jay also has valuable info about Brett's spine. No player? Click HERE

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April, 2019

  • 24 April

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s02e07) – Mastermind

    Andrew and Brett welcome Alex Bell and Drew Sample to The Studio of Champ-yinz. What we are talking about at... 0:10:00 - Andrew does not take Brett's advice from the previous meeting 0:20:00 - How did we punch the weekend in the dick? 0:30:00 - Planting your flag 0:40:00 - Brett spreads positivity in Pittsburgh 0:50:00 - Mastermind groups and impostor syndrome 1:00:00 - How to find/create the right Mastermind 1:10:00 - Masterminds and self-reflection 1:20:00 - Gooski's Bar, where you can smoke inside 1:30:00 - Positive reframing 1:40:00 - Taking your own advice

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  • 9 April

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s02e06) – Punching the www in the d.

    Brett continues to rave about block scheduling and deep work and yells at Andrew for not planning enough. Andrew vows to turn away from everyone else's productivity and time management advice. Brett is struggling with how to brand the Un-iversity Summits. Who are some of the presenters? How will it be organized? Andrew is looking at the long-term future of his short-term rental business. We discuss "money now," "money soon" and "money someday" propositions. Brett says prioritize easier cash flow opportunities over daunting investment properties. No Player? Click HERE.

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March, 2019

  • 29 March

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s02e05) – Unschoolable

    It is revealed that Andrew is the exemplar of our brand new SSP slogan: "be unschoolable." Andrew dropped out of high school at the END of his senior year, after years of associating "learning" with boredom. At this same time he gained confidence and realized satisfaction in his problem solving skills with pursuits outside of school. Today we talk about his personal history - filled with discomforts, self-judgments and uncertainties - and how taught him important lessons about identifying opportunities, selling, not looking to others for validation or direction, and not following traditional paths.

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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.