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February, 2020

  • 10 February

    Brett On Part of the Problem With Dave Smith [SUPPLEMENTAL #641]

    (Supplemental Show) From Part of the Problem: "On this episode of Part Of The Problem, Dave Smith is joined by Brett Veinotte of the School Sucks Podcast to discuss the Prussian Model of school and how the screws of totalitarianism get tighter but never loosen." Dave Smith is a comedian, and one of the most effective and energetic advocates for the philosophy of liberty on the scene right now. Dave's Podcast: Part of the Problem Dave's Twitter: @ComicDaveSmith Dave's You Tube: Dave Smith The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Visit sspuniversity.com/ideasintoaction to learn more about the presenters, topics, bonus materials and encore presentation. Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your ...

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  • 7 February

    [preview] Picture of the Month Club – American Psycho

    New Feature: Free Bonus Friday Enjoy (and you will enjoy) a snip of one of our bonus productions for supporting listeners, including The Discomfort Zone, In Pursuit of Utopia, Picture of the Month Club, and other older selections. This is the first 30 minutes of Picture of the Month Club, Episode 4 - American Psycho. Get the full episode: Support Us On PATREON Notes: Look in the mirror. Installment #4 (AUDIO, 97 MINUTES) American Psycho was released in 2000, based on a controversial 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis, and set in 1987 Manhattan. Thus, a significant crash quietly looms over all the film's detestable Wall St. yuppie characters. Its focus is a darkly satirical character study of a man ...

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  • 5 February

    The Medium Is the Massage (Part 2 of 2) With Scott Hambrick and Dr. Karl Schudt [PODCAST #640]

    "All media work us over completely." - Marshall McLuhan, 1968 Still true. Scott and Karl from Online Great Books join me to discuss Marshall McLuhan's (perhaps prophetic) work The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects. The discussion is split into 2 parts; make sure you catch the first one! Today we'll transition to - propaganda - non-rational visual programming - media literacy - how television prevents dialectic and why we need it - modern artists and what they get away with - the massages of the pictures McLuhan includes in the book (see them on my Instagram) The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Visit sspuniversity.com/ideasintoaction to learn more about the presenters, topics, ...

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  • 3 February

    The Medium Is the Massage (Part 1 of 2) With Scott Hambrick and Dr. Karl Schudt [PODCAST #639]

    "All media work us over completely." - Marshall McLuhan, 1968 Still true? Truer than ever? Scott and Karl from Online Great Books join me to discuss Marshall McLuhan's (perhaps prophetic) work The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects. The discussion is split into 2 parts, the second coming later this week. Today we'll cover... - what is meant by "the medium is the massage" or the message? - the transfer of the dominant human sense organ from the ear to the eye - the impact of television, and what most never realize about it - McLuhan's idea of hot and cold media - McLuhan's criticism of public school's 19th century technology and our response The downloadable version of ...

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October, 2019

  • 30 October

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s03e02) – The Wisest Path To Professional Freedom

    Alternate Title: Shit Just Got Real (Estate) Richard Grove joins TDZ for an urgent and important strategy session. Andrew has been on an exciting and promising path to more professional freedom and satisfaction in his work. He has talked in previous episodes about how his real estate ventures will eventually allow him the financial freedom he needs to leave his day job. This week, Andrew was presented with a job offer. While it promises a lot more money, what are the costs in time and flexibility? Andrew asks Brett for advice, even though they both know Brett's advice will not be taken. Brett also realizes he might not be the best person to give advice in this situation. And he ...

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  • 21 October

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s03e01) – Have Your Cake and Hate Yourself Too

    Welcome to Season Three! Andrew and Brett welcome Joel to the conversation. Joel is a long-time School Sucks listener (since 2009), supporter, doer, and contributor (working behind the scenes on an eventual new website). Joel joins TDZ to discuss self-discipline and Steven Pressfield's concept of conquering "resistance with a capital R." Joel's approach to the practice of getting important things done: he encourages looking at meaningful action as a cost-benefit analysis and a cause and effect relationship. This is an alternative to the judgement-filled language of good/bad, should, and must. So how will Joel's method collide with Andrew's advice to "hate yourself into action" ??? No player? Click HERE

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  • 16 October

    [BONUS] In Pursuit of Utopia – Episode 4 – Common Sense

    Today we take a look at the aims and ideals of the American and French revolutions as well as the results. How'd they go? France quickly descended into headlessness, and the USA slowly morphed into the quasi-police/corporate state of today, perhaps wandering into headlessness territory? Did the founders make a fatal mistake by establishing any central government at all? No matter how small they intended to keep it? Was that utopian thinking or the absence of it? The founders were right on plenty - like in embracing the colonial spirit of rugged individualism and leaving people alone, but the seed of central planning was left in the soil. BUT, here's the difficult question: looking at the results in France, and ...

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  • 7 October

    [BONUS] An Unscheduled Q&A With Richard Grove and Brett Veinotte

    After Rich and I recorded his presentation for the upcoming Ideas Into Action Summit last Tuesday, we stuck around and took questions and discussion topics from members of the Autonomy community. You can learn more about Autonomy HERE. Topics Include: 1. How to add value to your own life before you try to value to the lives of others 2. How to handle high-stakes, volatile conversations with friends and family 3. "My children are in public school. How do I manage this?" Related Posts[BONUS] AUTONOMY Mastermind - February 18th, 2020Tags: autonomy, rich, discussion, action, richard, grove, bonus, a/vPre-Show 9-11-13Tags: a/v, brett, rich, grove, richardFull Video - 239 (Live): Inferential Distance, Parallel Thinking, and 9/11Tags: a/v, grove, richardBonus Show: 9/11, Information ...

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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.

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