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April, 2020

  • 10 April

    [preview] Origins of Utopian Socialism and American Public Schooling

    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. (FULL AUDIO: 99 MINUTES) In Pursuit of Utopia (Episode 8) New Harmony, Part 2 What was the ideal for New Harmony, as well as what life was actually like there. What was the theory? How was it practiced? Education at New Harmony: Last time we discussed his philosophy of "love" super-ceding classical instruction, concluding that Pestalozzi (while he might have meant well) developed a "soft-power" approach to education, which then came to New Harmony via F.J.N. Neef. We discuss how exactly that system of ...

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  • 9 April

    Back To “Normal” – A Debate [PODCAST #649]

    Is it hysterical to say that C0VID and the government response will amount to 9/11 x 10? I didn't think so on Sunday, but I'm already re-evaluating that statement. So here is the debate that I mentioned in my conversation with Tom Woods, where I wasn't thrilled with my performance (or anyone else's). But I'm interested in your thoughts. Also, this is very optional listening! This show contains cynicism, very strong language, and some speculation. This was on the comedy podcast I do (this isn't funny though) called Portmansheau. 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 the only one completely devoted ...

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  • 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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November, 2019

  • 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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  • 5 November

    [UN-IVERSITY] Moritz Bierling – Q&A – Building A Second Brain

    The first of many UN-IVERSITY post-event supplemental conversations. Moritz Bierling joins me to discuss digital productivity and Tiago Forte's method of "Building A Second Brain." We take questions from Discord participants and we'll cover productivity and motivation ebbs and flows, GTD, how Moritz uses Evernote, what it means to build a second brain (and a third and a fourth), using Evernote for reference and archiving, in-person networks, time management, and more. Referenced In the Discussion: Brett's Evernote Screenshot: https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/633039919463268372/640255052627574855/unknown.png Moritz's Evernote Screenshot: https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/633039919463268372/640256033780138004/Screen_Shot_2019-11-02_at_19.28.40.png Learn more about the UN-IVERSITY Ideas Into Action Summit HERE Contact Moritz/Learn More About His Work HERE

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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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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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