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School Sucks
Indoctrination + Regurgitation + Graduation ≠ An Education
Category: Education
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 26, 2018 08:00 AM PDT
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 the comfort and illusion of moral superiority that idea brings), why this phenomenon does NOT require "crisis actors," and the harnessing of teenage angst towards political ends. 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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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 23, 2018 06:37 AM PDT
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 discuss: 1. How to define the current school problem 2. Why Schooling is not the same as education 3. John Taylor Gatto's definition of real education 4. The attributes of an educated person 5. Self-Determination Theory 6. Promising developments in educational alternatives 7. How more people can gain access to alternative education 8. How parents improve their children's educational experience even if they can't take them out of public school "An education is the capacity to author your own life instead of merely accepting the one handed to you." - Blake Related Shows: [PODCAST] #544: Peter Gray (Part Three) – A Future of Self-Directed Education [PODCAST] #101: Unschooling Liberty – The Halldorsons and the Unschool Bus FULL PLAYLIST - The Underground History of American Education, by John Taylor Gatto [PODCAST] #504: Unenclosed Children and Self-Directed Learning – With Kerry McDonald [PODCAST] #378: An Introduction To Self-Directed Learning and Living For Teens (with Nick Hazelton) [PODCAST] #511: James Davis – Forced Learning Is Too Dangerous [PODCAST] #513: Building Self Directed Learning Communities (With Diane Murphy)

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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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March 20, 2018 09:26 AM PDT
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 college student, and how his ideas and career path changed with the discovery of John Taylor Gatto. "It was Gatto who inspired me, at age 21, to leave my own path in the sciences to become a full-time student of (and advocate for) alternative education," Blake says. We then discuss how Gatto's work impacted each of us, Blake through A Different Kind of Teacher and me through Against School. Blake's path of discovery continued; he read the radical school reform literature of the 1960s, the work of Grace Llewellyn and the writing of the Sudbury School Founders. The last was most impactful, as much of it demonstrated the power of intrinsic motivation in learning. Blake then designed his own major at UC Berkeley, focused on self-directed education and alternative schooling.

Unschool Adventures

Years later, building on this experience, Blake founded Unschool Adventures. Since 2008 the company has run long-term international trips and U.S.-based retreats for self-directed learners ages 14-19+. The goal of these programs is to build the skills, experience, and self-confidence that a young person needs to transition into independent adulthood. From UnschoolAdventures.com: The Unschooling Approach How does the unschooling approach reflect in our trip leadership? We grant participants large degrees of freedom and responsibility in creating their experiences—always within reasonable safety limits. I will also ask Blake if he has rethought the value of college in recent years, referencing two of this books - College Without High School, and then Better Than College. Related Shows: [PODCAST] #544: Peter Gray (Part Three) – A Future of Self-Directed Education [PODCAST] #101: Unschooling Liberty – The Halldorsons and the Unschool Bus FULL PLAYLIST - The Underground History of American Education, by John Taylor Gatto

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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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March 16, 2018 06:20 AM PDT
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 needs of her students. I had similar experiences; we compare stories. She ultimately left teaching to focus on homeschooling her own children. When they reached adulthood, she shifted her attention into creating an alternative school that encompassed the best aspects of homeschooling. The ultimate result was Days of Wonder, which began in her basement and has now grown into a thriving K-12 alternative school serving 141 learners. Days of Wonder primarily serves young people who struggled in the public school setting, but who also didn't have access to private education. We'll discuss how Days of Wonder is able to charge a monthly tuition lower than what most people are paying for daycare. Our majority of discussion is focused on the lessons Cynthia took from her home education successes, and how she applies them to the Days of Wonder learning environment. Many parents in the School Sucks audience are currently unable to home-educate, but they see learner-centered schools as desirable alternatives. If you're a parent examining your alternative education options, here are some key attributes to look for (or to create): 1. Learning takes place in multi-age groups 2. Learning is interdisciplinary - integrated curriculum, encouraging students to actively make new connections across subject areas 3. Parents are invested in the school and see themselves as an integral of the learning community 4. Students take possession of their own learning, setting their own educational goals 5. Individualized instruction and respect for intrinsic motivation 6. No grades (we'll talk about exceptions in the show, i.e. high school transcripts) 7. Continuity of Instruction - teachers are more like mentors; they will have the same students several years in a row Learn More About Days of Wonder Related Shows: 1. [PODCAST] #526: Sparks Academy (Founder Interview and Student Discussion) 2. [PODCAST] #522: Devin Fraze – A Life Worth Reading About 3. [PODCAST] #520: Circle School Roundtable (With Tony Myers and Over 20 Young Self-Educators) 4. [PODCAST] #513: Building Self Directed Learning Communities (With Diane Murphy)

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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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March 13, 2018 09:49 AM PDT
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 success." Discussion: - Bryan's distinction between schooling and education, and why he chose that title - the book as a response to the "college for all" mentality - What are the most damning statistics or studies that encouraged this book? - Credential Inflation: what is it and how it it costing people? - The complexity of the "education premium" - a frequent counterargument to the futility of a college degree - is higher earnings for college degrees correlative or causative? It's disguised reward for traits many people would have had without school - Signaling: college degree signal conformity. - A better credential than a college degree - How to thrive in a system that probably isn't going to change - can online education ever be competitive with traditional higher education? Related Shows: [PODCAST] #384: Professor William Boyes – The Demise of Government School and the Future of Academia [PODCAST] #385: Putting College Race Tensions In Context [PODCAST] #375: College Debt – The Most Expensive Lesson of All Time?

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 05, 2018 09:37 AM PST
Part Two of Two, Please Make Sure You Heard Part One! As as follow up to our conversation on dropping out of college, Derek Magill and I explore how to "build your own credential" in lieu of a degree. Derek explains why he believes such a self-directed credential is superior to the four-year degree, and he illustrates how you go on to signal that credential in the market. Derek is just twenty-four years old, but he is already enjoying great success as an entrepreneur, freelancer and writer. He also currently serves as the Director of Marketing for Praxis. Derek dropped out of the University of Michigan during his sophomore year because he "was not finding the experience valuable towards (his) intellectual and professional goals." He adds: "Over the last four years or so, my decision to leave has been vindicated. I’ve got a wonderful life, a great career, and I’ve gotten to spend 3-4 extra years pursuing my values on my own terms." Also discussed: - don't let your interests "sit in study mode" - How did Derek land a Director of Marketing job in your early 20s? - Creating your own job "build a digital paper trail" - the limits of resumes - How to establish your online presence Derek also answers the following listener questions: (thank you Michael Erwin) What limits does he see to the Praxis model? As in, industries, careers, and further development. What blowback has he experienced in trying to build these partnerships with businesses/startups in regards to their attitude to non-degreed candidates and replacing the college credential (at least for the Praxis participants)? What has he learned in building Praxis that those older in life and career could benefit from? What struggles have there been with government and establishment ed in building Praxis, specifically in the frame of it being a college alternative? 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

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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 28, 2018 09:44 AM PST
Part one of Two Derek Magill joins me to discuss his personal journey through and beyond dropping out of college. Derek is just twenty-four years old, but he is already enjoying great success as an entrepreneur, freelancer and writer. He also currently serves as the Director of Marketing for Praxis. Derek dropped out of the University of Michigan during his sophomore year because he "was not finding the experience valuable towards (his) intellectual and professional goals." He adds: "Over the last four years or so, my decision to leave has been vindicated. I’ve got a wonderful life, a great career, and I’ve gotten to spend 3-4 extra years pursuing my values on my own terms." My questions include - How did he have such clear personal and professional goals at such a young age? - Background: Where did his political and philosophical grounding come from, including an intense interest in alternative education? - When did he realize he'd made the right choice to drop out? - What made him so confident that he could teacher himself better than the University of Michigan professors could? We move on to general advice for young people who are struggling with this decision about dropping out, including tips on talking to parents, mindset, and the importance of proving yourself to yourself first. 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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February 26, 2018 05:38 PM PST
(Paid for by patrons, Released 2/27/18, Show: 2:30:00, Promo: 0:14:00 - 2 Clips) Brett, Andrew and James Mastermind on a variety of personal development topics: Emotional Health, Fitness, Financial, Productivity, Organization, Focus Andrew identifies his reasons for wanting to improve: * Want to be confident in my decisions * Want to be more understanding * Want to master tasks and actions * Want to be successful * Want to stop squandering * Want to be more stable * Understand other's reasons How did each of us begin this journey? What are our strengths and weaknesses? (we tell each other)

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! Support Us On PATREON Help incentivize our production! Pledge $1 per content item and access dozens of Patron only audios and videos.
February 26, 2018 05:19 PM PST
We're cuttin' promos now! (Paid for by patrons, Released 2/4/18, Show: 1:45:00, Promo: 0:14:00) Twenty-two-year-old Danny McCarthy showed up at A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell in August and impressed a lot of people. He had traveled to Salem, MA from Cleveland. Then he and his girlfriend Alice camped three miles away from the event. His story brought Thad to tears. The experience left me wanting to learn more about him. He worked in a pizza parlor. He didn't go to college. He was extremely intelligent and well-read. On October 26th in Columbus Ohio, I got a chance to sit down with Danny, along with Alice, Alex Bell and Drew Sample. And I learned a lot. In the intro I said he was "21 or 22." That was unacceptable.

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! Support Us On PATREON Help incentivize our production! Pledge $1 per content item and access dozens of Patron only audios and videos.
February 23, 2018 04:36 AM PST
Here are some highlights of my recent interview on the new and rapidly growing Free Man Beyond the Wall Podcast. Mance and I discuss our experiences as students, and I share a story about the intense desire I felt as a teenager to create and produce things that were meaningful for me, even if they meant nothing to anyone else. Unfortunately, my needs for self-efficacy and output were met by demands to relegate my mind to being a stationary receptacle for meaningless crap. Mance discusses what he learned from having a lucrative job at very young age, and I relay my recent experiences visiting alternate education centers that prioritize real world immersion. One of the main themes in this show is the importance of offering young people opportunities to engage in meaningful, creative and productive activity. Unfortunately, even college students are not getting enough access to such opportunities. We also cover my work as a tutor, and how it revealed to me some of public school's subtle messages and programming. School obviously does not work for everybody, even from subject to subject, and students should not feel defective because of certain "failures" in that environment. This realization provides an important foundation for discovering alternative education solutions. Mance asks me I think most teachers realize what they're doing to kids through the schooling process. We discuss the obstacles for teachers when it comes to living consciously and standing up against what the system compels them to do. Also Covered: - College culture - Zero Tolerance - How many people will it take to make a change? - a better credential than a college degree

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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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take it with you


Iphone_trans Listening to podcasts on your mobile devices is extremely convenient -- and it's what makes the podcasting medium so powerful.

You can take your favorite shows and mixes with you anywhere, but to do so requires some quick and simple steps.

Let's walk you through that process together.
step 1:


Click the "Subscribe With iTunes" link in the page's sidebar:

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This will require that you have the iTunes software on your computer.

(You can download iTunes here.)
step 2:
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Now that you've subscribed to the podcast on iTunes, the feed will display in your "Podcasts" section on the left navigation bar.

Click there and you'll see the show displayed in the iTunes browser.

You can "get all" to download all available episodes or just individual episodes.
step 3:


Plug your mobile device (iPhone, iPad, iPod) into your computer with the Dock Connector cable, and click the device in iTunes's left navigation bar.

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Once you have your device highlighted, click "Podcasts" in the top navigation bar and sync the podcasts you want on your device. Click "apply" and the episodes you have downloaded on your iTunes software will sync with your device.
that's it!

The beauty of this process is that now, every new episode of your subscribed podcasts will automatically sync to your device every time you plug it in and open iTunes. You can now take your favorite shows with you everywhere you go.

Enjoy!
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