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January, 2020

  • 28 January

    Remember Why School Sucks [SUPPLEMENTAL #638]

    [Supplemental Show] Chris McMillon is one of the most thoughtful, positive and encouraging people that I had the pleasure to meet through my work in 2019. Chris and I started interacting through Richard Grove's AUTONOMY program, and I was happy to accept his invitation to appear on his Truth Conduit Podcast. We discuss why collectivist ideas are so predominant in public schools and universities, and how it promotes emotional thinking over logical thinking. We'll also cover student debt crisis, achieving freedom in all areas of life, and why I was kind of a shitty history teacher. Check out Truth Conduit: truthconduit.com The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Visit sspuniversity.com/ideasintoaction to learn more about the ...

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  • 22 January

    Dave Smith – On School vs. Education (and almost everything else) [PODCAST #637]

    Dave Smith is a comedian, and one of the most effective and energetic advocates for the philosophy of liberty on the scene right now. He is also one of the most historically requested guests for School Sucks Podcast. My topic proposal to Dave: "I'd like to do 30 minutes on your school experience, and 30 minutes on what you'd like education to look like for your own child. (+ whatever tangents occur)." Tangents occurred. And I couldn't have been more delighted. We discuss what went wrong in the liberty movement, Ron Paul, Donald Trump, debating with friends and family, 9/11 Truth and its significance, the Libertarian to Alt-Right pipeline if there's such a thing, other pipelines, and also what was ...

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  • 17 January

    Target-Covered Teens: Obstacles and Doorways To Teenage Self-Knowledge (with Jim Hood) [PODCAST #636]

    This is part two in our monthly Test Drive Your Future Series. "Target-Covered" is a reference to the array of political and corporate interests trying to harness adolescent angst for their own purposes. And yes, "Teens" is in the title, but this is a conversation for everyone. Jim and I will begin by discussing the 20th century history of this problem, through the work of Edward Bernays, the father of public relations. In his book Propaganda, Bernays wrote "The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. ...

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  • 15 January

    Blast and Cruise [PODCAST #635]

    This is a free release of our supporter-only show, The Discomfort Zone, (Season 3 Episode 4). Alex Bell and Drew Sample join Andrew and Brett for a discussion about habit change. The conversation focuses around Drew, who would like change his relationship with alcohol and improve his relationship with fitness. Andrew, Alex, and Brett share their challenges and successes with both abstinence and athletic pursuits. With respect to goal setting, advice includes - Making goals measurable and specific - Working with short time frames - Knowing and planning for triggers that interfere with progress - The importance of routine - How to make goals sustainable The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Visit sspuniversity.com/ideasintoaction to ...

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August, 2019

  • 22 August

    [BONUS] In Pursuit of Utopia – Episode 3 – Noble Lies

    Daniel McCarthy and I continue on monthly discussion on the history of Utopian visions and their consequences. In this episode: "The development from Aquinas through Locke and Newton represents more than four hundred years of stumbling, tortuous, prodigious effort to secularize the Western mind, i.e., to liberate man from the medieval shackles. It was the buildup toward a climax: the eighteenth century, the Age of Enlightenment. For the first time in modern history, an authentic respect for reason became the mark of an entire culture; the trend that had been implicit in the centuries-long crusade of a handful of innovators now swept the West explicitly, reaching and inspiring educated men in every field. Reason, for so long the wave of ...

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  • 8 August

    [BONUS] Picture of the Month Club – August 2019 – The King of Comedy

    Installment #2 (AUDIO, 160 MINUTES) Dutch and Brett dive extremely deep into Martin Scorsese's obscure 1982...comedy? Not exactly. The King Of Comedy is a dark and uncomfortable film, very difficult to watch in many parts. It stars Robert de Niro as a troubled loner obsessed with the idea of fame. But why? What's driving him? And what price is he willing to pay to achieve what he thinks he wants? While de Niro received minimal praise for his portrayal of Ruppert Pupkin, Martin Scorsese commented that he believed it to be de Niro's best performance in any of their collaborations. Also explored is the psychology of Ruppert, and his connections to other tortured protagonists like Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver ...

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July, 2019

  • 30 July

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s02e13) – This Is A Tough One.

    There is no appropriate, respectful description for this show, other than it's an exploration of how to un-thread (and preserve) positive memories from painful ones (that need to be processed), and that it's the most difficult conversation you've ever heard us have.

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  • 21 July

    [BONUS] In Pursuit of Utopia – Episode 2 – Illumination

    Daniel McCarthy and I continue on monthly discussion on the history of Utopian visions and their consequences. In this episode: In the 17th century a small group of religious luminaries built a colonial society around the mission of preparing their tremulous followers for ascension to heaven. In the 18th century, an even smaller group of scientific and political luminaries draw up plans to bring about their conception of heaven on Earth. In the following episode, we'll discuss how these two visions collide in the new world. About Your Instructor: Danny is a 24-year-old SSP listener, blogger and researcher, and the author of an upcoming book on the historical pursuit of utopia. About This Series: In the 21st century, we're living ...

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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.