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Latest Podcasts

March, 2021

  • 16 March

    Building A Second Brain – Part 2 of 2 [PODCAST #707]

    If you've enjoyed our past content on Getting Things Done, and you're looking ways to improve and/or simplify your organization system, this show is for you! Guest: Alex Bell was the teenager I had mind when I first started this whole School Sucks project. Struggling through school and variety of personal challenges, he was the kind of person I hoped to reach. He discovered School Sucks Podcast in 2009, when the show was about three months old, and he has been a listener since then. He then became a supporter, and then a contributor, and now even an advisor. We first connected in Salem, MA in 2017, and since then we've become very close friends. Today we continue our discussion ...

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  • 11 March

    Building A Second Brain – Part 1 of 2 [PODCAST #706]

    If you've enjoyed our past content on Getting Things Done, and you're looking ways to improve and/or simplify your organization system, this show is for you! Guest: Alex Bell was the teenager I had mind when I first started this whole School Sucks project. Struggling through school and variety of personal challenges, he was the kind of person I hoped to reach. He discovered School Sucks Podcast in 2009, when the show was about three months old, and he has been a listener since then. He then became a supporter, and then a contributor, and now even an advisor. We first connected in Salem, MA in 2017, and since then we've become very close friends. So today Alex is back ...

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  • 4 March

    A Year of Adjustment – With Diane Murphy of BigFish [PODCAST #705]

    Diane Murphy taught in public schools for 30 years before she retired early to build BigFish, an innovative self-directed learning community in Dover, NH. I had the pleasure of speaking with Diane at the FreeCoast Festival in 2017, after hearing her presentation on BigFish. We reconnected today to discuss the growth of a self-directed learning center, and the adjustments needed to stay up and running amidst the pandemic restrictions. TedX Talk: Is Individualized Education Possible? Spoiler Alert: It is.) Related Shows: [PODCAST] #513: Building Self Directed Learning Communities (With Diane Murphy) Music: "Passing Through" Phish "Won't Be Afraid" Cat Empire The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Visit sspuniversity.com/ideasintoaction to learn more about the presenters, ...

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Supporter-Only Content

January, 2021

  • 11 January

    The Mask Is Off [UN-IVERSITY]

    We had a large turnout with much more optimism than you might expect. A discussion of the last week and some theorizing about what will play out over the next 10 days and beyond. Topics: We open with a discussion of digital self-defense, looking at founders vs. inheritors in the big data and tech world. Can a creativity asymmetry balance the power asymmetry? Does historical precedent still have a use as systems of control are perfected and made more invisible? Be careful of narrative fallacy. Was the January 6th siege at the Capitol the new Charlottesville? We debate. Part of the Un-iversity Weekly Discussion Group Series A new weekly conversation about applying the lessons and practices of The Ideas Into ...

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December, 2020

  • 31 December

    When All You Have Is A Hammer… (With Pete Quinones) [SUPPLEMENTAL #693]

    (Recorded 12-20-20) Pete and I reconnect to reflect on the how the year played since our last conversation in April. Where were we right? Where were we wrong? What did we overlook? And what have we learned? And what happens next in our world, and beyond? Peter R. Quinones is the co-executive producer of the documentary, “The Monopoly on Violence,” which was released June 1, 2020. He is the host of the Free Man Beyond the Wall podcast and has spoken at Liberty Forum in Manchester, New Hampshire. Pete is the managing editor at LibertarianInstitute.org and is a proponent of Samuel Edward Konkin III’s strategy of agorism. Pete's Podcast: freemanbeyondthewall.libsyn.com/ Pete's Site: freemanbeyondthewall.com/ Pete's Twitter: twitter.com/peterrquinones Music: "1933" Frank Turner ...

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  • 29 December

    The Discomfort Zone (s20e20) Honestly, Here’s What Happened [BONUS]

    Relationships often strain and break because of what isn't being said, or because of what we don't even know how to say. So here we try to say it all. In late April 2020, we got into a very heated argument on Portmansheau podcast, seemingly over what would or wouldn't happen for the rest of the year with C0VlD and its fallout, and then we didn't speak for almost seven months. We argued on this show all the time, for fun and comedy, but this time was clearly different. Neither one of us understood exactly why until recently, and it turned out to be far more complex (and uncomfortable) than we thought. Recorded while driving around dawn on I-75 south ...

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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.