What education is:
a lifelong journey of seeking and integrating knowledge, intrinsically motivated and serving the needs of the individual learner
What education isn't:
compulsory, institutionalized schooling (and a lot of what's being taught in colleges)
Brett Veinotte is a former teacher, teacher trainer and college admissions consultant. In 2009, after 10 years pf professional experience, he started the popular libertarian-leaning School Sucks Podcast. The central mission of School Sucks to make a clear distinction between schooling and education. The show offers weekly examples of what self-directed learning looks like, and aims to provide young people the building blocks of intellectual, financial and lifestyle independence.
On October 15th Brett will begin a trip across the country to interview listeners, parents and children about self-directed education, unschooling and alternatives to public school/higher education. The School Sucks Across America Tour will last over 40 days and it includes stops in over 30 cities across the country. Through a series of interviews, Brett aims to take "alternative education" out of the abstract and to bring real life examples to thousands of young people.
Why The School Sucks Message Matters Now
School and education are not synonyms. Look at the state of America's public schools. They are a failure even by their own metrics; achievement test scores have been flat for 30 years, while spending has skyrocketed. Worse yet, look at the level of discourse in our colleges and universities - students crying over Halloween costumes, fleeing into safe rooms filled with stuffed animals, demanding for protection from speech, shutting down controversial events, etc... It is painfully obvious that way too many young adults will be ill-prepared to thrive in the real world.
In the midst of these crises in public and (so-called) higher education, the School Sucks Across America Tour will broadcast a positive message about what happens when students and parents to take educational matters into their own hands, wherever and whenever possible.
More On School Sucks
School Sucks Project is a podcast, a You Tube channel, and a lively on-line community dedicated to redefining education. The vision is the achievement of individual liberty through self-knowledge, self-teaching and self-mastery.
The content includes in-depth explorations into higher-level thinking, organization and productivity, emotional and physical health, habit and lifestyle optimization, history and philosophy, psychology, self-education practices, entrepreneurship, and communication/negotiation strategies. The content is targeted towards frustrated high school and college students, home-educating parents, and adults who are interested in independently furthering their education and achieving self-actualization.
The show contains no ads and is entirely listener-supported.
Listen to Brett discuss the tour with Thaddeus Russell HERE.
The Next Renegade University and School Sucks Project event is happening this November 10-12 in Los Angeles. For more information or to secure your spot, go to ThaddeusRussell.com/LosAngeles
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