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Latest Podcasts

March, 2021

  • 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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February, 2021

  • 25 February

    The Power of Narrative – With Nathan Fraser [PODCAST #704]

    (Emotional Manipulators For Hire, Episode 6) Friend, copywriter, marketer, and Facebook World Champion Nathan Fraser and I continue our monthly conversation about marketing and media manipulation. You'll learn more about the tactics politicians and propagandists use against you, and how you can re-purpose such tactics for good. Today: - How stories supersede reality. - How the stories we tell ourselves, and the stories we except as truth from others, become the background programming that runs our lives. - How stories get people killed - In marketing and sales :The stories customers tell themselves that prevent them from buying, and how to replace those stories with ones that will prime them for buying. And how to encourage those stories. More About ...

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Supporter-Only Content

December, 2020

  • 18 December

    [UN-IVERSITY] Scott Hambrick Follow-Up and Q&A

    Scott returns to expand on topics in episode #691 and to take questions from Un-iversity participants. Split into two parts (only this one will ask for a contribution). pills applied to politics communication, inviting curiosity, and creating pattern interruptions setting the frame for conversations and bringing your own script Aristotle's Politics - the 5 regime cycle customer service and "systemic shittiness" Planet Fitness's impact on society I identify as an Ignorist; is that sustainable?   School Sucks Project · Un-iversity - Scott Hambrick Followup and Q&A (1 of 2) Related PostsMasks We Wear [UN-IVERSITY]Tags: un-iversity, school, sucks, project, episode, a/v, premium, content, club, audioRitual Humiliation [UN-IVERSITY]Tags: un-iversity, scott, project, sucks, school, communication, will, politics, hambrick, a/v[UN-IVERSITY] Giving ThanksTags: un-iversity, sucks, ...

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  • 11 December

    Our Trip To John Taylor Gatto’s Home [BONUS]

    This Tuesday  I was fortunate enough to be part of a group that went to Manhattan and saved the late John Taylor Gatto's entire collection of books and personal papers from being taken  to a dump. John's apartment - where he had lived since the 1970s - is changing ownership at the end of the month. On Wednesday we shared the experience with Autonomy and Un-iversity participants. With stories from Rich, Lisa, Adam, and myself. And as a bonus, a portion of our conversation (about Gatto's impact and mission as a teacher) gets sent live into a public school Zoom classroom. There will be more productions on this. We still need to go through all the books. School Sucks Project ...

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  • 2 December

    [UN-IVERSITY] The World’s Most Beautiful Productivity Conversation

    A crescendo from habit, to routine, to goals, to motivation, to vision, to life purpose. I wasn't expecting this amazing conversation when I introduced the topic of a GTD yearly review. This is also only recording ever where I cry, so that costs a dollar to hear. (title is subjective) School Sucks Project · The World's Most Beautiful Productivity Discussion Related Posts[UN-IVERSITY] Giving ThanksTags: un-iversity, sucks, school, conversation, discussion, project, a/v, premium, content, club[Un-iversity] Understanding NFTs and De-FiTags: un-iversity, conversation, school, sucks, discussion, audio, project, a/v, premium, contentMasks We Wear [UN-IVERSITY]Tags: un-iversity, school, sucks, discussion, project, conversation, a/v, premium, content, clubOrwell Rolls In His Grave - Part 1 [Un-iversity Documentary Club]Tags: un-iversity, discussion, club, project, conversation, sucks, school, a/v, premium, ...

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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.