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564: Live In New Orleans With Thad and Brett

5/18/2018
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The tense and truculent final event of Renegade University and School Sucks Project Present A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell. Attendees grab the mic and question us on the following topics: Jason - Foreign policy and the military: how to close the physical and psychological distance between America and its enemies? Norm - Higher education: how do you introduce opposing and uncomfortable ideas to people who are not seeking them out? Joel - Altruism vs. selfishness, and reconciling Thad's...

Duration:01:45:42

563: Joanne Kaminski - What Children Need To Fall In Love With Reading

5/9/2018
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Today, the story of a public school teacher who eventually found a much better way to connect with and teach young people. Joanne Kaminski is the mother of 3 girls, a former public school teacher, and she now runs a successful tutoring company called The Online Reading Tutor. Joanne also has a blog called Become an Online Tutor, where she teaches others to enter this field and to thrive. We'll discuss her path into and out of public school teaching, why she left, and the advantages of...

Duration:01:03:37

562: Is Guilt Useful? Is Narcissism Natural? - With Thaddeus Russell

5/3/2018
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This is a follow-up to Podcast #558: God, Grant Me the Serenity. Thad's presentation in that episode produced a lot of upset among listeners, and there were several aspects of the conversation that left me feeling unsatisfied. I invited Thad back to address this lack of satisfaction, along with some listener feedback to our first conversation. Topics: - Why Thad and I weren't connecting in the first discussion - Shame and guilt are information - All behavior is narcissistic? - Differing...

Duration:01:20:40

PROMO: Can I Cheat?

5/1/2018
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(Released 4/11/18, Show - 1:43:00, 2 Segments, Promo Clip - 0:10:43) [BONUS] Fitness As A Foundation For A Productive and Prosperous Life This extremely detailed presentation is a continuation of the personal development conversations (The Long Bumpy Road...). In this episode Brett teams up with a competition power lifter named Larry to offer diet and exercise knowledge and advice to Andrew and James. Andrew is new to weightlifting; James is knowledgeable but currently in the process of...

Duration:00:15:34

PROMO: Empathy Is Overrated? And the San Francisco Sons of Liberty

5/1/2018
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(Released 4/25/18, Show - 1:30:00, 2 Segments, Promo Clip - 0:15:43) An unreleased snapshot from School Sucks Across America. In early Novemeber 2017, I attended a "Friendsgiving" dinner party with School Sucks listeners and friends. Huge thanks to Darren and Mic for hosting and making sure I had a great time while in the Bay Area. Back in 2014, Darren actually bought me the Zoom h4 I used to record all the audio during the trip. So after people had a few drinks, I pulled it out, hit...

Duration:00:15:43

561: Find Your Focus (Zak Slayback, Part 2) - Ambition Mapping

4/25/2018
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(Part Two of Two) Zak Slayback returns for a marathon discussion on how to set and make progress towards meaningful personal and professional goals. Recorded April 9th in Pittsburgh, PA in the studio of good friend Andrew Mercer. I was really happy Andrew joined us; he added some great stories and thoughtful questions related to his own productivity journey. The first conversation focused on deschooling - how to unlearn and discard certain limiting beliefs that interfere with professional...

Duration:01:17:16

560: Find Your Focus (Zak Slayback, Part 1) - First Deschool Yourself

4/23/2018
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Part One of Two Zak Slayback returns for a marathon discussion on how to set and make progress towards meaningful personal and professional goals. Recorded April 9th in Pittsburgh, PA in the studio of good friend Andrew Mercer. I was really happy Andrew joined us; he added some great stories and thoughtful questions related to his own productivity journey. This first conversation focuses on deschooling - how to unlearn and discard certain limiting beliefs that interfere with professional...

Duration:00:53:30

559: Michael Malice On Self-Discipline

4/19/2018
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Michael Malice is an accomplished author, celebrity ghostwriter, Twitter provocateur, podcaster and cable news commentator. He joins me for what begins as a conversation about "health" and fitness practices, but then it evolves into a fascinating exploration of habit and self-discipline. I approached this personal development topic through the lens of fitness because Michael has expressed that the pursuit continues to be a challenge for him. I thought it would be more interesting to...

Duration:00:56:52

558: God, Grant Me the Serenity... (With Thaddeus Russell)

4/15/2018
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In our most challenging and uncomfortable conversation to date, Thaddeus Russell and I explore something I've had trouble accepting and often wonder if I can still change. A lengthy list of topics follows: shame, moralizing, self-sacrifice, relationships as transactions, dishonesty, the war in our heads between the puritan and the hedonist, integrity and personal responsibility. School Sucks Project DOES NOT ENDORSE Alcoholics Anonymous Also: The Next Renegade University and School Sucks...

Duration:00:02:12

557: The Relationship Benefits of Unschooling - With Pam Laricchia

4/12/2018
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I'm pleased to present one of our finest productions on the topic of unschooling. An important thread running through this conversation: the benefits of unschooling in terms of relationship with self, with family and with people in the community. Pam Laricchia is the creator of the blog livingjoyfully.ca - an amazing, well-organized resource for people exploring how to live and learn without school. She is also the author of several books on unschooling, including The Unschooling Journey:...

Duration:01:25:14

557: The Making of A Mindless Movement - A Teacher's Perspective On Student Walkouts

4/10/2018
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This April we'll be showered with more misguided student walkouts and other "teen-led" gun control activism displays. Shortly after releasing Podcast #552: #ENOUGH – With Thaddeus Russell I received an email from a public school teacher who wished to remain anonymous. Hi Brett, I am an elementary school teacher and a relatively new listener to your show. When the School Walkout happened, I was compelled to write about it. Then, I heard your latest episode with Thad Russell! Many of the...

Duration:00:19:39

555: How A Teen Took Charge of His Own Life (Matt Maruca, Part Two)

4/6/2018
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This is the continuation Matt's awesome story about what is possible when a young person embraces personal responsibility and self-directed, real-world education. In today's conversation, Matt continues to discuss his health research and how the Bosnia trip was a catalyst for more learning. I learn about Mitochondrial health, sunlight and Vitamin D, dangers of our unnatural environment, cold therapy and cold thermogenesis, reducing blue light exposure and maintaining a healthy biological...

Duration:01:18:47

554: "Face It" - Q&A (Matt Maruca, Interlude)

4/4/2018
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Matt Maruca began his self-education journey at age 13. In middle school Matt began seeking answers to a variety of chronic ailments, discovered the joys of self-directed learning and never looked back. After realizing and harnessing his efficacy and abilities, he found school to be an almost intolerable obstacle to his education. In this interlude between the two parts of Matt's story he asks my advice on a few topics. Question #1: Matt is learning more about politics and philosophy and...

Duration:00:37:39

553: How A Teen Took Charge of His Own Life (Matt Maruca, Part One)

4/2/2018
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Many of you are going to learn a lot this week. And your teacher is eighteen years old. This is an amazing story (told in three parts) of what is possible when a young person embraces personal responsibility and self-directed, real-world education. In the midst of my growing frustration about things like #MarchForOurLives and the misleading of young people, I received relief and some hope in the form of an email. It opened: "I am 18 and have been watching your show for over a year. It has...

Duration:01:08:23

PROMO: The Long Bumpy Road... (Part 2)

3/30/2018
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(Paid for by patrons, Released 3/30/18, Show - 1:39:00, 2 Segments, Promo Clip - 0:9:25) Brett, Andrew and James continue their discussion on a variety of personal development topics: SEGMENT ONE (3-11-18) -Optimizing personal finances -Managing credit cards -Accountability -Professional Advancement - navigating around employer "stated preferences" and understanding what is needed -The unexpected personal costs of financial mismanagement -Weekly Goals -A Freer Mind: The 5 step process of...

Duration:00:15:39

552: #ENOUGH (With Thaddeus Russell)

3/26/2018
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This past weekend hundreds of thousands of ill-informed teenagers participated in a nationwide accidental fundraiser for the NRA called #MarchForOurLives. Thaddeus Russell returns to examine the bigger picture. We'll discuss the fetish-ization of children by both the left and the right. Other themes include politics as a performance on a stage, dangers of absolutist thinking, Manichaeism (the age-old religious idea of fighting the battle against the darkness on the side of the light, and...

Duration:01:33:39

551: Blake Boles (Part 2) - What It Means To Be Educated

3/23/2018
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Blake Boles builds exciting alternatives to traditional school for self-directed young people. He runs the company Unschool Adventures and is the author of The Art of Self-Directed Learning, Better Than College, and College Without High School. Part Two of Two Today's show is intended as a resource for listeners looking to share the ideas of alternative education and self-directed learning with their friends and family, or with anyone wants to learn more about these subjects. Blake and I...

Duration:01:12:00

550: Blake Boles (Part 1) - Unschool Adventures

3/20/2018
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Blake Boles builds exciting alternatives to traditional school for self-directed young people. He directs the company Unschool Adventures and is the author of The Art of Self-Directed Learning, Better Than College, and College Without High School. Part One of Two This show is an introduction to the life and work of Blake Boles, and the next show will be a discussion of this book The Art of Self-Directed Learning. Today Blake and I discuss his background as a successful high school and...

Duration:00:52:42

549: Days of Wonder - An Inspiring Model For Alternative Education

3/16/2018
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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 some of the 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...

Duration:00:59:05

548: Dr. Bryan Caplan - Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money

3/13/2018
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Dr. Bryan Caplan 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 better—indeed, more civilized—way. If everyone had a college degree, the result would be not great jobs for all, but runaway credential inflation. Trying to spread success with education spreads education but not...

Duration:00:52:35

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