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March, 2019

  • 7 March

    Professor CJ – Considering Community College? – Part 1 of 2 [PODCAST #601]

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    Part One: Structural/Political Problems With Community College CJ Kilmer is a college history professor and the host of the acclaimed The Dangerous History Podcast. A couple weeks ago CJ expressed some frustration about his teaching job on Facebook - it included the word "soul-crushing" - and I saw it as an opportunity to connect over similar experiences. It's also an opportunity to share with you a long-form discussion on community college. The conversation is divided into two parts; today we'll cover the institutional problems and the next installment will focus on current student and cultural challenges. Reduction in the variety of community college course offerings -reduced relationship cultivation with students -2008-2017 saw 30% drop in BA degrees in history -Since ...

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February, 2019

  • 28 February

    Special: The Music of School Sucks Podcast [PODCAST #600]

    If you're a new listener this is not best place to start. Nick and Lizzie from Sounds Like Liberty accompany me on a melodious journey, where I'll explain how my tastes in music were formed and how those tastes are incorporated into the podcast. 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 to the issue of education (versus public school and college). Your support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering our work. Please help us continue to spread this ...

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  • 20 February

    Nathan Fraser – Anatomy of A Failed Passion Project [PODCAST #599]

    Nathan Fraser and I have both been participants and critical observers of an interesting scene over the last decade. During that time we've watched, and participated in, projects driven by a passion for liberty but doomed by a lack of foresight and direction. Today we'll discuss how a libertarian passion project can find a way to outwit the devil. We'll explain. Why are so many liberty activists attracted to entrepreneurship? The connection here is kind of obvious, but if freedom is the sole priority we risk becoming what Napoleon Hill called "aimless drifters." A Lesson From A Book Called The $100 Start-Up: Passion is only a third of the whole equation; you also need skills and customers.For a passion to ...

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  • 12 February

    Human Restoration Inside the School System? [PODCAST #598]

    We've talked a little in the past about school survival. But we haven't given enough attention to those who work inside the schools to make them more survivable. My guest is Chris McNutt, a public school teacher and one of the founders of the Human Restoration Project. HRP is an educational movement to transform school systems, restoring students as human beings rather than a vessel for standards. The organization focuses on school reform, offering personalized professional development services and various materials geared toward changing mindsets in education. Chris is also the host of a progressive education-focused podcast called Things Fall Apart. So...what happens next? Do we fight? No. But I do ask for clarity on the term "progressive education." Chris ...

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December, 2018

  • 31 December

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone 8 – Family Dysfunction

    Brett unloads about his family dysfunction, and watching almost everything School Sucks Project works to prevent happening all at once to the people closest to him. Andrew is a very good listener. Can't see the player? Click HERE.

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  • 21 December

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone 7 – High Performance Habits

    Are we finally done pleasuring ourselves to productivity gimmicks? Or have we found the best one ever and the pleasure has just begun?! We discuss High Performance Habits. Can't see the player? Click HERE.

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  • 11 December

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone 6 – Alone In Winter

    Andrew travels with a man and doesn't like it. Brett has Seasonal Affective Disorder. James also joins us in The Studio of Champ-Yinz to talk about what gives him anxiety. Streamed live to a hostile You Tube audience on December 6th, 2018. Discussed: Struggles with certain types of commitments, loneliness, winter activities, seeking new challenges, simplifying routines, prioritization No player? Click HERE

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November, 2018

  • 19 November

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone 5 – How To Escape Your…Comfort Zone

    The first time we've brought on a guest - our friend Nick is visiting Pittsburgh. He has lived in Keene, NH for his entire life and has worked at the same company throughout his whole career. He's in a real comfort zone and getting restless. Andrew and I help him decide if he's ready for a new adventcha! Where should he go? What should he seek? Where will he end up? I share the benefits, revelations, and challenges of my recent travel experience. Andrew used to be a truck driver, and he has some painful memories of being on the road. Also, lots of things aren't going well right now! Related PostsPre-Show 8-30-12Tags: travel, a/v

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Peter Gray - Self-Directed Education

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