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Latest Podcasts

February, 2018

  • 12 February

    [PODCAST] #542: Peter Gray (Part One) – Foundations of Self-Directed Education

    self-directed education

    Part One of Three Dr. Peter Gray is a research professor of psychology at Boston College, and author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life. Peter serves on the Organizing team for the Alliance For Self-Directed-Education. He also runs a blog on Psychology Today called Freedom to Learn, where he regularly explains and promotes self-directed education from a variety of angles. Today Peter and I discuss how he distinguishes school from education, how school is disruptive to our "educative instincts," and the biological foundations of self-directed education. In other words, children come into the world biologically designed to learn. These foundations include: - Curiosity: the ...

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  • 2 February

    [PODCAST] #541: What’s Between You and Your Goals?

    Do you even have goals? We'll talk about that first. Antony Sammeroff joins me to discuss his new free book Procrastination Annihilation. In it he lays out his method for overcoming procrastination and changing his life, one step at a time. Today we focus our discussion around what he refers to as "The Five-Headed Dragon Between You and Your Goals." This includes: - All or Nothing - Perfectionism - Fatalism - Seeing things as things to be done rather than things to do - "I don’t feel like it. (ever)" Antony is the host of Be Yourself and Love It Podcast and Scottish Liberty Podcast. he also work as a professional coach on Depression, Anxiety, Procrastination, Assertiveness, Self-esteem, Relationship Help ...

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January, 2018

  • 10 January

    [PODCAST] #538: The Block Is Hot – With Roger Ver

    At School Sucks, we strive to provide young people with the building blocks of intellectual, financial and lifestyle independence. Over the last year, we have overlooked a phenomenon that certainly relates to the last two: Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency explosion. My guest today is a man who has been one of the most prominent figures in Bitcoin promotion, education, growth and recent controversies. Roger Ver was the first investor in many successful Bitcoin startups, and he has worked for over 5 years on the adoption of Bitcoin as an alternative to fiat money, both inside and outside the voluntaryist community. Roger has referred to this effort as "the separation of money and state." And as far as financial freedom is ...

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Supporter-Only Content

September, 2015

August, 2015

  • 31 August

    [BONUS] Thaddeus Russell Aftershow 8-27-15

    (AUDIO - 40 MINUTES) Thad asks Brett questions about The School Sucks project. He might soon be exploring the possibility of launching his own podcast. Also discussed: Thad's impact on School Sucks, Freedomain Radio, The Renegade History Course, Thad's podcast list, Brett's suggestions for a potential Thaddeus Russell podcast, the future of School Sucks

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  • 30 August

    [BONUS] Worst Bits – Volume One

    A collection of segments from Puke and the Gang from Winter/Spring 2014. With Brett, Puke, Andrew, Nick and Dale. 1. "Dad Fights" 2. "Just Have More Self-Esteem?" 3. "The Aristocrats" 4. "The Jew, A Negro Live From Dunkin Donuts"

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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.