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School Sucks
Indoctrination + Regurgitation + Graduation ≠ An Education
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April 25, 2018 07:44 AM PDT
(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 success and fulfillment. Today we go into detail on Zak's "Ambition Mapping" process for goal setting.
Productivity
- Being busy vs. being productive: what is the highest priority? - Andrew's productivity quest, Getting Things Done - Know what you're looking for; identifying specific outcomes - Building connections between visions and tasks
Ambition Mapping
If you had a map to navigate a labyrinth, you know you should trace your way backwards based on your destination. You adjust your path based on where you start relative to where you want to go. People know this when playing a game and know it in general when choosing a career (i.e., if I want to be a doctor, I should go to medical school) but rarely re-examine their path using this through their careers. This process of regularly looking at where you want to go, evaluating where you’re starting, and working backwards from the destination to where you are now is what I call ambition mapping. - Zak Slayback - Built off Nathaniel Branden's sentence stems - What does it mean to esteem oneself? - Defining "progress" and "meaningful goals" - Ambition mapping is a three-phase writing process 1. Day One: Via Negativa - Identify what you don't want 2. Day Two: Via Positiva - Identify what you DO want 3. Day Three: Review Stems from the previous 2 days and find the intersection between the two. Research what fits in the intersection. Build the ambition map: the path from where you want to go back to where you are. Related Shows: [PODCAST] #401: Setting and Achieving Goals (1 of 2) – Attitudes, Obstacles and Mistakes [PODCAST] #402: Setting and Achieving Goals (2 of 2) – Ten Tips For Success [PODCAST] #454: Building A Credential Better Than the College Degree, With Zak Slayback

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April 23, 2018 04:56 AM PDT
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 success and fulfillment. In the next installment we'll go into detail on Zak's "Ambition Mapping" process for goal setting. We start with some updates on Zak; since his last appearance on the show he left Praxis and he now works for himself as a business and career consultant. He focuses on helping young professionals learn the skills school never taught, including building networks, written and verbal communication and self-teaching. Zak believes that deschooling yourself is an essential first step in the process of learning how to set and achieve meaningful goals. We also discuss: - Imposed structure vs Organic Structure (being schooled vs. being self-directed) - Why Zak doesn't like the intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation framework - Motivation and willpower - Setting up "machines" - automating essential personal/professional processes Related Shows: [PODCAST] #401: Setting and Achieving Goals (1 of 2) – Attitudes, Obstacles and Mistakes [PODCAST] #402: Setting and Achieving Goals (2 of 2) – Ten Tips For Success [PODCAST] #454: Building A Credential Better Than the College Degree, With Zak Slayback

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April 19, 2018 08:55 AM PDT
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 discuss a subject where Michael is trying to put the puzzle pieces together, versus one of his areas of expertise (anarchist philosophy, objectivism, North Korea and the New Right). For me, fitness has proven to be the foundation of a better life, and great teacher for any personal development pursuit. Michael and I are extremely different people, despite coming from similar philosophical backgrounds, but I have identified with him the most when listening to him talk about his fitness, eating and body issues.
Fitness and Eating Regimens:
- Questions for Michael: what are doing? where did you fail? why you're doing this? what does "in shape" mean to you? - Michael says being fit is often a function of having something wrong with you psychologically? - Intermittent Fasting, carb cycling, glycogen depletion and anxiety - Body image Issues: "happiness is a function of the scale"
Self-Discipline and Habit:
- I see fitness as a foundation for self-discipline while Michael sees self-discipline as a foundation for fitness - Negative self-talk and where it comes from - Michael rejects the concept of "Lifestyle balance" so I explain what it means to me - Michael never struggled with self-discipline? - Owning the Day: Michael's routines, what makes a great day - Michael's advice: don't aspire to greatness? - Willpower and habit automation Michael's Website: michaelmalice.com/ Michael's Twitter:twitter.com/michaelmaliceo Michael On You Tube: Click Here To Subscribe Also: The Next Renegade University and School Sucks Project event is happening May 11-13 in the original renegade city of New Orleans. At the end of this podcast we'll discuss some of the details and the new features. For more information and to secure your spot, go to ThaddeusRussell.com/courses

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April 15, 2018 01:39 PM PDT
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 Project event is happening May 11-13 in the original renegade city of New Orleans. At the end of this podcast we'll discuss some of the details and the new features. For more information and to secure your spot, go to ThaddeusRussell.com/courses

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April 12, 2018 08:07 PM PDT
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: A Field Guide. Pam began unschooling with her three children back in 2002 and she has continued her enthusiastic exploration through blogging, podcasting and presenting at conferences.

PAM'S UNSCHOOLING BACKGROUND

* Pam's new Book What is Unschooling? The mission of her site. * What does unschooling mean to you? We focus on relationship with self and with others. * Pam's Background, her personal deschooling process, her family's transition to unschooling, what did her goals look like when she started?

FOR PEOPLE EXPLORING OR STARTING UNSCHOOLING

* What are the important foundations of unschooling? * How to nurture Curiosity, Being Open to Our Child's Wonder * How to foster an engaged mind, main three characteristics of real and effective learning (from your article Curious and Engaged)

CHALLENGES/CONCERNS ABOUT UNSCHOOLING

* the process of deschooling * How to develop and maintain the patience and proper mindset for unschooling * Mediating conflicting needs, between parent and child/children * Plus A Listener question - Thanks Jahaira! "The main idea that comes to mind is the topic of TRUST. As a parent, you want your children to have everything they need to thrive, and it's scary to leave it to "chance". It's scary to fully TRUST that they will learn what they need to learn of their own volition and of their own desire..."

Shows On the Benefits of Unschooling and Alternative Education:

[PODCAST] #544: Peter Gray (Part Three) – A Future of Self-Directed Education [PODCAST] #101: Unschooling Liberty – The Halldorsons and the Unschool Bus [PODCAST] #208: Whole Parents – With Dayna Martin

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April 10, 2018 05:26 AM PDT
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 thoughts you shared are also echoed in my piece. Perhaps I am preaching to the choir here, but I would like to share my perspective anonymously somehow. Do you have any interest in accepting a written submission? Please see attached and let me know either way. If not, is there anyone else you recommend whom I could direct my submission to? Thank you for your time and consideration, and for the wonderful forum you've created through School Sucks. Best, Concerned Teacher

The Making of a Mindless Movement

There are no words to repair the tragic loss of innocent lives. In the wake of the Parkland massacre, parents are left bereaved and outraged, continuing to fear for children’s safety. As an elementary school teacher, parents entrust their children to me on a daily basis. There is nothing I take more seriously than my duty to protect the children I work with. I can’t imagine the sadness and anger those affected by the Parkland shooting must be experiencing. No child, parent, or teacher should ever have to experience such horror and pain. From #ENOUGH, to last weekend’s March for Our Lives, and an upcoming National School Walkout commemorating those killed at Columbine 19 years ago this April, we are experiencing an unprecedented wave of youth activism across the nation. With crowd estimates of at least 1.2 million people across the country, the turnout on March 24 made March for our Lives perhaps the largest single-day protest that the capital city has ever seen. I can’t claim to know how these events have been orchestrated. If they are in fact due to the true leadership and coordination of students, that is commendable. However, I also cannot deny the reality that there are always politicians and media sources waiting to seize opportunities like this in order to build momentum behind their initiatives. The exploitation of people’s emotions is an age-old strategy used to secure the support of new voters. The timely and skillful organization of select groups, aided by social media and a culture that glorifies activism, has produced a formidable new generation of change-makers. For better or worse, these well-financed iGen activists will pledge their votes to anyone who will appeal to their cries of outrage. This generation coming up – unselfish, altruistic, creative, patriotic – I've seen you in every corner of the country. You believe in a fair, just, inclusive America; you know that constant change has been America's hallmark, something not to fear but to embrace, and you are willing to carry this hard work of democracy forward. You'll soon outnumber any of us, and I believe as a result that the future is in good hands. ― Obama, 2017 Change is a necessary element of progress, and people must always speak out to challenge the authority that threatens their freedom. The fact that school safety is compromised by incidents of mass violence is enough to warrant a call to action. But safety should not be confused with freedom, and the means we use to achieve safety should be carefully weighed. Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. ― Benjamin Franklin Administrators at my school claimed that these movements are simply comprised of children advocating for their own safety, and that safety is not a political issue. Though school safety itself may not be political, the new legislative measures that protestors are demanding certainly are. According to the mission of Women’s March Youth Empower, the March 14 Walkout was planned in protest of congress’ “inaction” in response to school shootings. It was a clear call for gun reform. How is this not political? I am sure there are other teachers out there like myself, experiencing increasingly politicized staff meetings where only one viewpoint is accepted. This is unfortunately now a common workplace characteristic due to the deep divide that reactionary politics has produced. I am tired of the attitude that there is no other side to the issue of gun control displayed by those who let their personal moral indignation color their interpretation of our Constitution. Yet I sit there quietly and listen to colleagues who can’t see beyond their fear and outrage. As faculty, we discussed how to approach the March 14 Walkout in an apolitical way. The walkout was carefully reframed as an event in the spirit of safety and student empowerment. The objectives of the movement were left purposefully unarticulated, as students exited campus on March 14 in ‘solidarity’ with youth across the nation. With cameras flashing, photographers from major media sources arrived to capture our youngest protestors, some as young as five years old, knowing their printed faces in tomorrow’s paper would tug at the heartstrings of many. As I watched the event unfold, I witnessed how the idea of ‘gun control’ became equated with ‘school safety.’ Popular thinking was quickly reduced to the following train of thought – If you care at all about the safety of children, you must also care about gun control. Once the words we whispered came out of the mouths of the babes, this logical fallacy was accepted as pure wisdom.

But it’s Just ‘Common Sense’

I don’t think that gun control is the answer, but this does not mean that I am heartless as I’ve been accused. Of course, I think mass shootings are horrific and I wish they never happened. The question is not whether mass shootings are a problem, but what course of action should be taken in response. If I don’t support gun control, you might ask, what then is my alternative solution? While it might seem unacceptable to ‘do nothing’ in the midst of such tragedy, to me the emotionally charged reactions of gun control advocates who are ready to degrade the 2nd Amendment is equally troubling. For young people to jump on the bandwagon in protest, with little thought given to the efficacy of their proposed policies is dangerous. A quick peek at history reveals that at times there are unintended consequences to the changes we demand, when efforts to promote peace and security have paved the path to tyrannical outcomes. To say that gun safety laws are just ‘common sense’ is an arrogant way to avoid the responsibility of defending your claim. Gun control advocates tend to evade certain statistics that weaken their argument. But if you are old enough to make an argument, your argument deserves to be challenged. It’s hard to defend an argument you can’t articulate; I doubt the elementary students who walked out were fully aware of the terms they were advocating for through their act of civil disobedience. No matter your age, I caution those who rush to embrace political action without careful consideration of the multiple factors contributing to the problems they seek to solve. School violence is a complicated issue. Statistics can always be used to support opposing sides of the argument. Achieving school safety does not necessarily require legislative change. It requires conversation, and yet the conversations sparked so far remain entirely one-sided. Many of us on both sides of the gun debate are guilty of confirmation bias – we have already come to our conclusions, and cling only to information that supports our own opinion, filtering out the opposition. Can we at least agree that the efficacy of so-called ‘common sense’ gun safety laws is up for debate? To end this statistical tug-of-war, a sense of intellectual humility and historical understanding is imperative. Without critical thinking, an individual has little basis upon which to form a valid opinion on the correct course of action for the future. How can young people strive to make meaningful change if they don’t understand why things are the way they are to begin with? How can we decipher what is worthy of preserving, and what’s worthy of change? Adults should not be lionizing youth solely because they are pushing for change, especially when such lack of logic has given root to the demands in place.

Progressivism and Propaganda

I detest the way that children have been used as pawns for political protest. To capitalize on a tragic event like the Parkland shooting and manipulate young people’s emotions for a political cause is absolutely disgusting. Since the progressive movement in education, youth have been idealized as agents of change who possess the powers to solve society’s most profound problems. But youth are also highly impressionable, and there is a fine line between promoting activism and indoctrination. It seems that a culture of activism is being encouraged to a younger and younger crowd each year. I cringe every time see a toddler hold a picket sign, or hear a Kindergartner parrot an adult opinion about an issue they don’t fully comprehend. Recent events have illuminated the ways in which progressive methods of education effectively prime children for democratic citizenship. One of the primary goals of progressive schooling is to give students the experience of participating within a democratic community. Heavily influenced by the Prussian model of schooling, John Dewey, known as ‘the father of progressive education,’ wanted to produce an optimal citizenry in order to achieve his utopian visions of a unified nation. Rather than teaching blind obedience to authority, however, Dewey found a gentler way to mold school-age children into good citizens. His emphasis on socialization and student choice over academics was used to construct a strong sense of collective identity and an illusion of empowerment. By giving students an impression of autonomy, progressive education provided a more humane way of transforming children into ill-informed robots; it has become one of the most successful methods of programming the next generation to carry out the agenda of the intellectuals who lead them. Interestingly, around the same time that progressive education was gaining foothold in the American school system, the field of Public Relations was born. Edward Bernays, later referred to as ‘the father of public relations,’ justified the use of propaganda which he felt was necessary to direct social progress. This responsibility fell into the hands of trained propagandists like himself, who could shape the minds of the masses without them being conscious of having been manipulated. Like Dewey, Bernays’ tactics gave individuals the impression that they were making autonomous decisions, while in fact they were being controlled by “invisible strings” designed to pull their thought in predetermined ways. In the opening chapter of Propaganda (1928), he writes: The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. The organized interplay of the media and education in order to promote desired outcomes is further described in Propoganda. As Bernays states: Universal literacy was supposed to educate the common man to control his environment. Once he could read and write he would have a mind fit to rule. But instead of a mind, universal literacy has given him rubber stamps, rubber stamps inked with advertising slogans, with editorials, with published scientific data, with the trivialities of the tabloids and the platitudes of history, but quite innocent of original thought. Each man’s rubber stamps are the duplicates of millions of others, so that when those millions are exposed to the same stimuli, all receive identical imprints. It may seem an exaggeration today that the American public gets most of its ideas in this wholesale fashion. The mechanism by which ideas are disseminated on a large scale is propaganda, in the broad sense of an organized effort to spread a particular belief or doctrine. (p. 48) When I see today’s youth lining up to march for gun control, I don’t see it as an example of empowerment. I see it as the propagandist’s ploy. The use of children for political purpose is not a new tactic. With great pride, many refer to the “courageous activism” of children in the Birmingham Children’s Crusade of 1963. Rather than a voluntary act of civil disobedience however, the Children’s Crusade was the product of a strategic recruitment campaign during a time when adult activism was on the wane. Recently arrested, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) were searching for new ways to garner momentum for the desegregation movement. SCLC leader James Bevel suggested that children be asked to participate, since they had “less to lose” than adults who feared loss of employment. Thousands of children were recruited for upcoming demonstrations and trained in methods of non-violent resistance. Though the children remained peaceful, they were attacked with hoses, batons, and police dogs. Although King faced criticism for putting “children on the firing line,” the Children’s Crusade of 1963 was considered a crucial turning point in the Civil Rights movement. Ultimately, it was the media’s attention to the bravery of Birmingham youth that pressured city leaders to cave in to their demands. While I join others in celebrating the result of the Children’s Crusade and applaud the perseverance of the young people involved in this movement, I do not condone the means employed to achieve this victory. Regardless of your position on gun control, I call into question the way in which children are being used to achieve a desired political outcome. I admonish those who have latched onto cheap slogans and suddenly find the idea that the NRA has nothing to do with school safety inflammatory. But most of all I abhor the unbearable climate we have created - in which the Overton window is so narrow that teachers like myself - who also advocate for children’s rights, for their safety, and for their freedom – must refrain from speaking lest they wish to throw their livelihood out the window. Take this as my first step to break the silence in our school halls. Also: The Next Renegade University and School Sucks Project event is happening May 11-13 in the original renegade city of New Orleans. For more information and to secure your spot, go to ThaddeusRussell.com/courses

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April 06, 2018 06:24 AM PDT
This is the continuation of 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 rhythm. Matt used his research to start a successful business: Ra Optics Background: 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 helped me tremendously in my process of deciding not to attend college, starting on my own business, and becoming financially independent at age 18. If you happen to have some time ever, I would really love to chat with you and share my story to hear your feedback. I love your community's open-mindedness and focus on logic and considering facts and argument; this is critical and totally lacking." This was written by Matt Maruca, who 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. The story only gets more interesting from there. Related Shows: [PODCAST] #499: Successful Dropout – With Kylon Gienger (Part 1 of 2) [PODCAST] #503: Successful Dropout – With Kylon Gienger (Part 2 of 2) [PODCAST] #454: Building A Credential Better Than the College Degree, With Zak Slayback

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April 04, 2018 05:24 AM PDT
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 wants to share these ideas with friends. What's the best approach? What framing errors should be avoided? How do we get ideological opponents to look at their own ideas critically? We talk about communication, persuasion, shame, compassion and the inquisitive approach. Question #2: Rational Self-Interest. Matt believes a strong society starts with strong individuals. How do we build ourselves up? Where do we begin in our efforts to feel better, stronger and more resourceful? The Next Renegade University and School Sucks Project event is happening May 11-13 in the original renegade city of New Orleans. For more information and to secure your spot, go to ThaddeusRussell.com/courses

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April 02, 2018 01:00 PM PDT
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 helped me tremendously in my process of deciding not to attend college, starting on my own business, and becoming financially independent at age 18. If you happen to have some time ever, I would really love to chat with you and share my story to hear your feedback. I love your community's open-mindedness and focus on logic and considering facts and argument; this is critical and totally lacking." This was written by Matt Maruca, who 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. The story only gets more interesting from there. Related Shows: [PODCAST] #499: Successful Dropout – With Kylon Gienger (Part 1 of 2) [PODCAST] #503: Successful Dropout – With Kylon Gienger (Part 2 of 2) [PODCAST] #454: Building A Credential Better Than the College Degree, With Zak Slayback

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 important message further! Thanks for visiting this page. Before you do anything, please bookmark and use this link for your Amazon shopping: Shop With Us

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March 30, 2018 06:16 PM PDT
(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 GTD and achieving presence SEGMENT TWO (3-18-18) -GTD Implementation Overwhelm -Weekly Reviews -Connecting Vision to Long term goals, medium term goals, projects and actions -Lacking vision and purpose -Specifying Project outcomes The conversation then veers off course into a group invective about #MarchForOurLives, politics and intersectionality. Full Show: https://www.patreon.com/posts/long-bumpy-and-2-17873389 The Next Renegade University and School Sucks Project event is happening May 11-13 in the original renegade city of New Orleans. At the end of this podcast we'll discuss some of the details and the new features. For more information and to secure your spot, go to ThaddeusRussell.com/courses

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 important message further! Thanks for visiting this page. Before you do anything, please bookmark and use this link for your Amazon shopping: Shop With Us

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Support Us On PATREON Help incentivize our production! Pledge $1 per content item and access dozens of Patron only audios and videos. Join the A/V Club If you're looking for more School Sucks content, the A/V Club option grants you access to a bonus content section with 400+ hours of exclusive audio and video. If you are a regular consumer of our media, please consider making a monthly commitment by selecting the best option for you...
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