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April, 2020

  • 7 April

    “Hi. How Are You?” (agitated) – Tom Woods

    I am all for taking reasonable precautions and keeping an eye on this virus. And we can discuss which methods more effectively preserve biological life. But is mere biological life worth living? If people's hopes, dreams, and aspirations are all dashed for an indefinite period of time, is that living? "Probably no mass gatherings for a long time." How long? And what are "mass gatherings"? Oh, just concerts, theater, lectures, church, sporting events, the arts in general -- pretty much everything that makes life worth living. The kind of "life" all this portends has a pulse, yes, but no soul. - Tom Woods, April 4th

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  • 2 April

    The Verdict Is In On Public School? With Staci Hill [PODCAST #648]

    Staci Hill is a School Sucks listener, and an academic coach who introduced herself to me as someone who's "had too much school." Staci holds two masters degrees: one in chemistry from Yale University and one in the liberal arts (with a focus on Euclidean geometry) from St. John's College (we'll discuss this too). She recently left a Ph.D program at Yale, and her story leads us into an introductory conversation about college and career. Even though we recorded this weeks ago it references several problems with information and worldview acquisition that have certainly come more into focus with recent news developments. Our main topic is a recent nationwide survey of 21,678 U.S. high school students. Researchers from the Yale ...

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March, 2020

  • 30 March

    “Hi. How Are You?” Conversation #4: Professor CJ

    CJ is the host of Dangerous History and a regular contributor to School Sucks. He joins me to discuss how to put the current crisis into a historical context, how he talks to his children about this situation, and what personal and philosophical silver linings we might find in what's happening. This new format - check-ins with people from my life who want to talk about the current situation in a manner that I think will be helpful and informative - will continue, but we will also be resuming our regular content very soon! 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 ...

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  • 24 March

    “Hi. How Are You?” Conversation #3: Paul Verge

    Paul Verge is a friend, a film maker, and one of the founding members of Tragedy and Hope. I met Paul back in 2010 when he interviewed me for a film called Believers Beware. Earlier this month Paul was put under quarantine after his wife was exposed at a conference. We talk about that experience, and how Paul coped then and since then. I hope this dialogue is helpful because many of us will probably know someone (or need to support someone close to someone) in this situation. This will be our new format for the foreseeable/unforeseeable future - check-ins with people from my life who want to talk about the current situation in a manner that I think will ...

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December, 2019

  • 4 December

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s03e03) – Nick Hazelton Futures

    We're investing! Nick Hazelton is a 21-year-old entrepreneur, farmer, media creator, and a School Sucks favorite guest since he first appeared on the show several year ago. He also loves weed. But hold that thought. Circa 2015, Nick told Brett he wanted to leave high school to pursue yak herding. And then he did it! He shared his self-education and self-reliance journey on numerous platforms, including Anarcho-Yakitalism Podcast, School Sucks, The Freedom Feens, and Unregistered With Thaddeus Russell. People who aren't inspired by Nick's story are assholes. Recently, another Millennial, entrepreneurial SSP listener (and past TDZ guest) named Alex Bell (aka Yung Alexx) connected Yung Nick with TDZ co-host Andrew for advice on a new business venture...hemp farming. "What's hemp?" ...

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  • 1 December

    [BONUS] Autonomy Mastermind – November 26th, 2019

    The intro: This was supposed to be released last Friday, but due to a technical error it wasn't. Featuring Richard Grove and 13 Autonomy students! The first hour is spent speaking with Jim, who is building a course called Test Drive Your Future, aimed at young people struggling to find career paths. Jim and his wife have already a book on the subject The issue: How to find and speak to your ideal client avatar. Follow-Up Questions and Topics: Adam: How do I break away from classroom teaching and start my own online educational product or content? Chris: What does complete mean to you? The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. You can learn more ...

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November, 2019

  • 25 November

    [BONUS] Autonomy Mastermind – November 19th, 2019

    Featuring Richard Grove and 22 Autonomy students! The first hour is spent speaking with Tyler, an aspiring content creator. The issue: How do I develop consistency, but not just produce content for the sake of producing content, or for monetization. How often should you produce? A better question is how often can you produce value? We also discuss: - Branding, the importance of being your "weird-ass self" (credit: Landon Porter) - Why I quit my show in 2011 - Why we need to schedule time for new input and inspiration Follow-Up Questions and Topics: Lawrence: How do you find your voice and get started? Gus: Was School Sucks Project the result of a hatred for teaching? The downloadable version of ...

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  • 17 November

    [BONUS] In Pursuit of Utopia – Episode 5 – Committee of Public Safety

    A lot of what you're about to hear will sound oddly familiar... The French Revolutionaries began by addressing genuine grievances and demanding liberation from oppressive structures. They declared equal rights for all men, and even addressed women's rights more than any other political movement had. Slavery was outlawed. But... once the new regime took power and killed the king, the people's rights were suspended in the name of national security. Neighbors ratted on neighbors, and blood filled the streets. Thousands and thousands suspected of being traitors to the revolution were beheaded. The chaos that ensued eventually "settled" into the aggressive empire of Napoleon (who rolled back some of the original revolutionary reforms, such as the abolition of slavery). The starving ...

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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.