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July, 2019

  • 9 July

    Filling the Trough (Pedagogy vs. Learning Part 1) With Scott Hambrick [PODCAST #619]

    Scott Hambrick returns to begin a multi-part discussion on "how people learn and how we help them do that," as he aspires to be a better Starting Strength coach and a more effective leader at Online Great Books. We begin our discussion with an exploration of the common learning theories practiced in public school and higher education, along with a cost/benefit analysis of each: behaviorism, cognitivism, and (social) constructivism. We also touch on connectivism and mindset theory. In future conversation(s) we'll cover additional behaviors and practices that can greatly enhance both the learning and thing processes, including The 20-Hour Rule, the Six Thinking Hats, the Trivium Method, attributes of self-directed learning and strategies for critical thinking in everyday life. Also, ...

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  • 5 July

    From Powerless Paranoia To Direct Action, With Shane Radliff [PODCAST #618]

    Who is Bill Cooper? How did he help? How did he hinder? What's his relationship to Alex Jones? Why was he killed in the Fall of 2001? Today we'll be answering 4/5 of those questions to your satisfaction. Shane Radliff is the creator of Liberty Under Attack Publications and the host of the Vonu Podcast. I first encountered Shane's work in 2016 and I was immediately impressed with his focus on practical self-liberation strategies; he had assembled a comprehensive list of empowering pursuits (with instruction) under the umbrella of his Direct Action series. But Shane's journey, like mine, did not start in the most empowering of places. He says he wound up in a "conspiratorial rabbit hole" which eventually even ...

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  • 1 July

    Jim Cunigan – Hubris + Public Policy, From Psychiatry to Eugenics [PODCAST #617]

    Jim is a clinical psychiatrist, a libertarian, and a School Sucks listener. At the Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest he gave a presentation called When Scientific Experts Determine Public Policy... What Could Go Wrong? It focused on the implementation of eugenic policies during the Progressive Era, which featured many of the same scientific engineers who shaped the 20th century schooling system. Jim described the motivation behind the presentation: "part of it is that I do have some morbid fascination with some darker elements of history, especially when they overlap with medicine in some way. Also, while I didn’t emphasize this point, because I was preaching to the choir, I like highlighting examples of when government action resulted in something monstrous. ...

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June, 2019

  • 26 June

    Larry Ludlow – A Libertarian Teacher Walks Into A Public School… [PODCAST #616]

    Larry Ludlow first tried his hand at teaching in the Detroit public schools, the very same year I entered first grade. After quickly realizing he was in a dangerous, toxic and anti-education environment Larry moved on to the private sector where he enjoyed a successful 35-year career. Now semi-retired, Larry has re-certified and returned to the system (with a political and educational philosophy he didn't hold his first time around) to teach high school Latin. We discuss what has changed over the past four decades, and what ideas Larry feels a liberty-minded individual should be trying to smuggle into the public schools. Recorded on Saturday June 22nd at the Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest. Want to stay in the loop ...

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July, 2019

  • 19 July

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s02e12) – “Os Pubis”

    Brett and Andrew welcome listener Jay back, for a continuation of the conversation from The Discomfort Zone (s02e08) – "Upgrade Your Problems." Jay wants to discuss the problem of self-sabotage in his health and fitness pursuits, and the problem is addressed from several angles - biological, behavioral, psychological and environmental. In hour 2 Jay asks for an update on Brett's back and reciprocates support, taking on the role of therapist. Everyone walks/limps away from the conversation much better off. No player? Click HERE.

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  • 3 July

    [BONUS] Picture of the Month Club – July 2019 – Barry Lyndon

    Installment #1 (AUDIO, 137 MINUTES) If you watched Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon and loved it, this show will be great! If you watched Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon and hated it, this show will be...THE GREATEST! PICTURE OF THE MONTH CLUB is a monthly series featuring Dutch - a friendly, insightful and successful film maker who wants to teach you the grammar and logic of cinema. Many will remember Dutch from the CINEMAnufacturing series. No player? Click HERE

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June, 2019

  • 25 June

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s02e11) – Cat Castle

    Andrew decides to host a cutting-edge parenting workshop, in spite of obstacles like being intoxicated and not having any children. The sole attendee is Gretchen, one of Brett's favorite mothers and listeners. What seems like a recipe for hilarity actually turns into a very personal, revealing and enriching series of discomforts. And also hilarious. Recorded at the Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest on Saturday June 23rd. No player? Click HERE

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  • 13 June

    [BONUS] The Pursuit of Utopia – Episode One – From the Top Down

    This is the pilot episode in a new monthly historical series with Daniel McCarthy. Danny is a 24-year-old SSP listener, blogger and researcher, and the author of an upcoming book on the historical pursuit of utopia. In the 21st century, we're living in a mosaic of fractured and failed Utopian visions from the past; socialism, social justice, liberation movements, archaic revival, radical environmentalism, and even the "information" revolution are a just a few notable examples. Whether we trace the concept of utopia back to Thomas More 500 years ago or even all the way back to Plato, the ideal world has been pursued from the top down, frequently resulting in varying degrees of dystopia for people...not at the top. Today's ...

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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.