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School Sucks
Indoctrination + Regurgitation + Graduation ≠ An Education
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Location: Manchester, New Hampshire
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My name is Brett and I have worked in education for the last ten years, in a variety of capacities. I am currently the Vice Pre...


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March 20, 2019 01:04 PM PDT
Today the college degree had such an allure that some successful (and presumably smart) people are willing to risk felony charges to help their children access it. Sure, there are prestigious school names that might open additional doors, but the pervasive college religion is mostly built on propaganda. Seth Hymes is a business & entrepreneur coach, a digital marketer, and a filmmaker. Twenty years ago he graduated from the famed NYU Film School and discovered it had adequately prepared him for a volatile career in America's rapidly expanding service industry. Eventually Seth embraced self-directed education and acquired a set of skills that consistently earn him a yearly six-figure salary, providing him tremendous professional satisfaction and security. Through this process, he became a passionate advocate for opting out of college; he produced a very thorough free resource simply called Skip College For Success. In addition to exposing college propaganda, it also provides an introduction to how to actually make money (without a degree) and to how young people can start living life on their own terms. Seth has also organized his professional and life lessons to teach young people how to get jobs in digital marketing without a college degree or any experience. His course has enabled many of his students to skip or drop out of college. You can see their stories on Seth's Instagram @thesethjared. Seth and I connected recently and I quickly realized that his work is well-aligned with our mission at School Sucks Project. This is the first of many conversations, but in this introduction we'll discuss the following topics: 1. Skip College For Success - what motivated Seth to create this free course - why college is failing so many young people - misleading data about college and why it is being spread - most compelling facts about why college isn't worth it - credential inflation - counseling people who are dealing with social or family pressures to go - the "skip college" strategy for people ages 15-23 2. High Income Skills - Seth's Digital Marketing Career Blueprint - why he chose to focus on this high income skill - training for a career instead of a degree - what do Seth's students frequently disclose about their prior college experience? 3. Foundational Mindset - why prioritize self-development over critical thinking? - anyone can be an autodidact? - why knowledge is not always power I'm also happy to announce that Seth's Digital Marketing Career Blueprint is the first addition to a School Sucks Project library of courses on high-income skills. If you're interested in learning more please help us out by following this link: Digital Marketing Career Blueprint

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March 15, 2019 09:06 AM PDT
Scott Hambrick and I discuss the so-called biggest scandal in the history of higher education! But what will the public ultimately learn from the Operation Varsity Blues revelations? And what will change? Scott is a home educating parent, entrepreneur, strength coach and the creator (Reader In Chief) of OnlineGreatBooks.com.

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March 12, 2019 08:45 AM PDT
Part Two: Current Student Challenges 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; tin the previous show we covered the institutional problems and this installment will focus on current student and cultural challenges. CJ has been teaching college history since 2006, so we're working with a sample size of several thousand students.

students have become increasingly less prepared & competent over time

* More deficient in basic prerequisite skills & knowledge * More deficient in terms of basic study skills * More deficient in terms of work ethic & attitude * More unrealistic in terms of expectations * Less curious about things in general

Technology and social media's negative impacts on this generation

* CJ's current students were mostly born around 2000 and have grown up with smart phones, social media, etc; students when he started were born around 1990 and didn't get those things until they were adolescents or older. * The Zombification Of America Accelerates - 45% Of Teens Are Online "Almost Constantly" * PEW: 45% describe social media a having a neutral effect; they don't even notice the effects * how are teens using the internet? PEW: 31% regard the tech as a positive force, 5% of that 31% say the use it for support, and 4% 0of that 31% say the use it for learn new things

The misguided drive to increase college enrollment

* what if everyone qualified is already being served? Then the only way to increase enrollment is by bringing in the unqualified; the result is ultimately to cause more harm to them & to society
Look Closer
CJ's Site and The Dangerous History Podcast

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March 07, 2019 06:20 AM PST
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 2008 recession students have been shifting away from humanities

The problem with online classes in community college

-online classes exacerbate existing school problems -professor attitudes on online vs. face-to-face teaching -many students are unrealistic about their learning styles -five studies on online classes aren't promising for community college students, even though that segment needs more convenience and flexibility -almost half of the nation’s undergraduates are in community college

State college funding issues: increasing emphasis on quantitative data, outcomes, performance-based funding

-unintended consequences of bean-counting -explanations of incremental and formula funding -twelve quantitative evaluations of state performance-based funding show little positive impact -why high-stakes performance incentives don't work in complex organizations
Look Closer
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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! Before you do anything, please bookmark and use this link for your Amazon shopping: Shop With Us

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February 27, 2019 05:27 PM PST
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.

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February 20, 2019 07:15 AM PST
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 become more than a hobby, we need to need focus on income and costs. in other words, keep your day job at first, and learn skills that support your passion.

What are the most common reasons activists fail at business ownership?

A lesson from a book called The E-Myth: Having great technical skills or knowledge does not mean you can run a business. If you're not ready to contemplate and embrace all the roles of running a business, you'll wind up driving yourself crazy. Don't confuse entrepreneurship with agorism. Agorism doesn't scale.

How can you tell if your business idea is worth pursing?

- Always validate your business ideas - Look in places where people are already making money - Test the interest in your big idea through a series of smaller commitments More About Nathan Fraser: The Free Market Squad: The Mastermind Group Need Help Growing Your Business? CopyandFunnels.com A Free guide to stop losing sales on your online store

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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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February 11, 2019 06:45 PM PST
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 explains it as transition from traditional compulsory schooling to a student-centered focus and to the embrace of three core values. 1. passion is central to education 2. the embrace of creativity 3. the promotion of non-standardized learning We agree that the public schools are reducing humans into vessels of content rather than embracing their humanity, but I express skepticism about the possibility of true reform. I have no conception of how the current system could ever deliver the results Chris and I both find desirable. We also discuss helping young people think about and find purpose. But this is deep work; is it too invasive a job for the public schools? Chris and I have similar stories from our teaching careers. He became very disillusioned early on, and he embarked down a new path away from the traditional expectations of a public school teacher. We also both experienced a kind of savior complex that set us up for failure and disappointment early in our careers. We'll discuss this and much more. 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 One-Time Donation Options: Paypal/Venmo; Donate DASH Donate ETHEREUM Donate LITECOIN Donate BITCOIN Donate BITCOIN CASH Donate ZCASH

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February 05, 2019 08:13 AM PST
There's big money and big opportunity in sales, even without 4 to 6 years of additional schooling. Unfortunately, the only six-figure number too many twenty three-year-olds are looking at is on a collections letter from the Department of Education. Today's guest presents the story of his exciting and rewarding alternate path. Nick Rundlett is the first Praxis alumni that I've had the pleasure to interview on School Sucks. He's also a long-time listener of the show. We open our conversation talking about Nick's high school experience, including a long captivating tangent into his explanation of "impromptu Speech" competitions. For Nick, high school was an often undemanding path to college, and college merely the path to a career. He opted for community college to save money, and we'll talk about why he decided to drop out right at the end, one summer semester away from completion. Nick began running his own business as a teenager, and this experience made him hungry gain more sales skills and experience. This desire led Nick to Praxis. He explains how the Praxis admissions and subsequent training program work. Praxis encourages the building a value proposition for a desirable employer instead of the submitting of the traditional resume. I ask how a participant's interests are matched with the right company's needs. More of Nick's Praxis Experience: - Habit-building - The Praxis mission and culture - Adopting the entrepreneurial mindset as an employee/apprentice - Avoiding professional lessons through trial by fire The Value of Sales Skills and Experience - My Dad's sales formula: establishing a rapport, analyzing needs and making an honest recommendation (we'll discuss each one) - Nick counsels me on my long-time aversion to sales - overcoming the fear of rejection and negative self-talk - we apply Nick's sales wisdom to the future of School Sucks 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 One-Time Donation Options: Paypal/Venmo; Donate DASH Donate ETHEREUM Donate LITECOIN Donate BITCOIN Donate BITCOIN CASH Donate ZCASH

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January 27, 2019 03:42 PM PST
Scott Hambrick is a home educating parent, entrepreneur, strength coach and the creator (Reader In Chief) of OnlineGreatBooks.com. He returns to discuss the power of questions in the Great Conversation, how to read philosophy, and what the hell is going on out there.

Can Philosophical Engagement Bring Serenity In the Current Year?

Scott and I run through some current events including Covington, AOC/Trump - I'm realizing the media has decayed faster than I have been able to keep up with it - how does this work fit into our current world? - How to maintain calm and rationality and in a hysterical irrational world - Prioritizing the pursuit of truth while so many are willing to abandon it

The Power of Questions

Scott discusses the role of the moderator in group discussions at Online Great Books. Good questions are open-ended. They are not pointed or leading. A good interlocutor asks honest questions and requests the same from the group, without attempting to teach or profess. Some examples: 1. Why do people continue to read this book? There are lots of books from all periods of human history, but what makes thisbook so important? For instance, why is the Iliadand the Odysseyso seminal in Greek literature, instead of Prometheus Bound? 2. Why was this book written? 3. What can we learn about human nature from reading this book? 4. Has human nature changed since this book was written? Are people the same now as they were at the time of writing? 5. How did this book change the course of thought in history?

How To read Philosophy

What do these books still have to tell us in the 21st century? - discovering and understanding the hidden assumptions and biases of the author - Adler's childlike curiosity approach; bringing a blank slate mind to a text - why it's often better to avoid reading extensive biographies or commentaries on philosophers, before reading their works - We discuss Plato and his Seventh Letter as an example for this process

Join the Great Conversation!

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January 21, 2019 06:00 AM PST
Colleen Mascenik is a retired World Bank development economist, home-schooling mom, and now an innovator in self-directed learning for teens. Her new platform is called The Breakaway Learning Project. I was very encouraged to discover Breakaway Learning; I see it as a missing piece of the puzzle for many families trying to map the self-directed education process from early childhood through their child's first professional/entrepreneurial endeavor. Many home-educated teens opt into school, either because they're hungry for a novel social scene or they see it as a reliable path to college admissions. Colleen and I envision a future when those needs can be met through other means. In the first of hopefully many conversations, Colleen and I cover the following topics:

Wasted Teen Years: The Opportunity Cost of Cynicism

As a development economist, Colleen sought out broken markets, missed opportunities, and ways that livelihoods could be quickly improved. As a mother of 5 and homeschooler, she saw considerable value-wasting in the teenage years. Colleen encourages us to ponder (even though there's no reliable way to calculate) the immense opportunity cost for millions of teens languishing in environments that encourage subordination but not intrinsic motivation. What opportunities might exist, again, for millions of teens, if they were allowed to pursue their interests with the regular guidance of enthusiastic experts?

A New Approach To Self-Directed Learning For Teens

We'll discuss how Breakaway Learning enables self-directed teens to build and track their own learning plans from a variety of online resources. However, Breakaway goes an important step further, building a marketplace of local mentors who lead "learning clusters" around topics of shared interest, and creating a global chat marketplace in where teens can connect and learn from interesting people with diverse knowledge and experience.

Home-Educators and Unschoolers Are Looking For More Guidance

Colleen told me that "even in the pursuit of free expression and creativity, many homeschooling and 'unschooling' parents hesitate, looking always for signals of structure, schedule, progress and outputs. On Facebook homeschooling groups, it seems the most common question is "can anybody recommend a curriculum for my xx-year-old...?" And I think the reason that even really creative homeschoolers go back for high school is a very deeply ingrained respect for form leading up to college admissions." Breakaway Learning encourages parents to explore, but the platform was built with parents' needs for formality in mind. It incorporates tracking and planning tools, so parents, institutions and school authorities can feel confident that this is safe, legitamite learning.

Unbundling and Unbranding

High schools direct students towards "successful" college admission. College is becoming increasingly irrelevant as both a signal of professional readiness and as a means of real education (in many fields). However, the 4-year undergraduate degree persists as a goal for schools and parents because it is bundled and branded as THE path to professional success. Because of this monopolization, colleges and universities are able to charge a premium for a bundle of courses that students could obtain on Udemy for $40 each. Colleen and I discuss - and this will be an ongoing discussion - how projects like Breakaway Learning can disrupt this status quo.

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