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Latest Podcasts

March, 2018

  • 16 March

    [PODCAST] #549: Days of Wonder – An Inspiring Model For Alternative Education

    Cynthia Day is the founder of and a teacher at the Days of Wonder School in Batavia, OH. I invited her on the show as part of a continuing effort to showcase successful and inspiring alternative education models, along with desirable attributes of voluntary learning communities. Cynthia began her teaching career in public school, but within a matter of years she discovered that the environment and culture presented serious obstacles to addressing the emotional and educational needs of her students. I had similar experiences; we compare stories. She ultimately left teaching to focus on homeschooling her own children. When they reached adulthood, she shifted her attention into creating an alternative school that encompassed the best aspects of homeschooling. The ultimate ...

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  • 13 March

    [PODCAST] #548: Is College Worth It? Economist Bryan Caplan Says No

    is college worth it

    Today, everyone is asking "is college worth it?" Oh, wait a minute...no they're not. In fact, considering the looming student loan debt crisis and troubling graduation numbers, almost nobody is thinking deeply and carefully enough about this question. Furthermore, most students, parents, teachers and guidance counselors still view college as the only path a "college track" high schooler should consider. College is simply regarded as inevitable; it's the 13th grade. Enter Dr. Bryan Caplan. Bryan is a Professor of Economics at George Mason University and the author of a provocative new book titled The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money. His thesis: "Civilized societies revolve around education now, but there is a ...

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  • 5 March

    [PODCAST] #547: Building Your Own Credential and Career (Derek Magill, Part Two)

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    Part Two of Two - Please Make Sure You Heard Part One! As as follow up to our conversation on dropping out of college, Derek Magill and I explore how to "build your own credential" in lieu of a degree. Derek explains why he believes such a self-directed credential is superior to the four-year degree, and he illustrates how you go on to signal that credential in the market. Derek is just twenty-four years old, but he is already enjoying great success as an entrepreneur, freelancer and writer. He also currently serves as the Director of Marketing for Praxis. Derek dropped out of the University of Michigan during his sophomore year because he "was not finding the experience valuable towards ...

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Supporter-Only Content

December, 2015

  • 22 December

    [BONUS] Jordan Page Pre-Show

    (AUDIO, 21 MINUTES) Our sound check for episode #389. We discuss meditation, presence, vaccinations, Brett preparing for the Radical Agenda interview, having the first child, and more...

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November, 2015

  • 13 November

    [BONUS] The Seven Inner Critics…Exposed!!

    (1 hour, 46 minutes) Brett, Andrew, Puke and Dale discuss therapy, anxiety, breaking cycles, happiness, regret, self-doubt and self-leadership. Nick is also in the room. The conversation is largely based on Jay Earley's concept of The Seven Inner Critics. There are some discomforting tangents into things like shame fantasies and supermarket inconveniences. This is a School Sucks/Puke & the Gang bonus show collaboration. NOTES: The first 3 minutes will be unbearable for some listeners. Discussion starts at 3:30. The seven critics portion starts at 46:30. LINKS: https://www.selfleadership.org/about-internal-family-systems.html http://personal-growth-programs.com/inner-critic-section/inner-critic-types/ THE LIST: Perfectionist * This critic tries to get you to do things perfectly. * It sets high standards for the things your produce, and has difficulty saying something is complete and ...

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  • 4 November

    [BONUS] Episode #372 Aftershow, With Darrell Becker and Kevin Geary

    (15 minutes) The discussion that followed Episode #372: real learning vs getting schooled. Topics: Why did School Sucks Project get attacked by Gnostic Media? What was the quality of our response? What happens behind the scenes of a podcast?

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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.

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