School Sucks Project

School Sucks Project - 2020-01-22 - Original post - cached version

Dave Smith is a comedian, and one of the most effective and energetic advocates for the philosophy of liberty on the scene right now. He is also one of the most historically requested guests for School Sucks Podcast.

My topic proposal to Dave:
"I'd like to do 30 minutes on...

School Sucks Project - 2020-01-17 - Original post - cached version

"Target-Covered" is a reference to the array of political and corporate interests trying to harness adolescent angst for their own purposes. And yes, "Teens" is in the title, but this is a conversation for everyone.

Jim and I will begin by discussing the 20th century history of...

School Sucks Project - 2020-01-15 - Original post - cached version

This is a free release of our supporter-only show, The Discomfort Zone, (Season 3 Episode 4).

Alex Bell and Drew Sample join Andrew and Brett for a discussion about habit change.

The conversation focuses around Drew, who would like change his relationship with alcohol and...

School Sucks Project - 2019-12-31 - Original post - cached version

Happy New Year! Here's a free episode of our supporter-only bonus series, In Pursuit of Utopia.

About This Series:
In the 21st century, we're living in a mosaic of fractured and failed Utopian visions from the past; socialism, social justice, liberation movements, archaic...

School Sucks Project - 2019-12-12 - Original post - cached version

I actually made more than six mistakes, but for your purposes we'll stick with just six.

Jim Hood is a father, entrepreneur, eventual autodidact, and a School Sucks listener. He and his wife Beth are also authors of a book called Test Drive Your Future, which has now evolved into an...

School Sucks Project - 2019-11-26 - Original post - cached version

Kerry McDonald returns to discuss the growing Micro-School movement. What is a Micro-School and why should we be talking about them? (and why am I excited about a school?)

We'll also cover blended learning, the question of screen time for children, and a thriving micro-school...

School Sucks Project - 2019-11-19 - Original post - cached version

"Success, happiness, contentment, joy, accomplishment—all of these things hinge on one’s ability to tame the mind. To be conscious and aware. To make our minds our servants not our masters." Jay Harrington,

Jay Harrington is an entrepreneur, father, husband and...

School Sucks Project - 2019-11-12 - Original post - cached version

Dan Sanchez is the Director of Content at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) and the editor-in-chief of Dan is also the main writing coach for our friends at Praxis.

He joins me today for a fresh take on a familiar problem: young people are drowning and...

School Sucks Project - 2019-10-01 - Original post - cached version

Zak Slayback returns to the Studio of Champ-Yinz to share his insights on the benefits of interpersonal and intra-personal systems of accountability.

Zak suggests that when many of us run into different forms of unproductive friction, we should consider a reappearing lack of self-...

School Sucks Project - 2019-09-28 - Original post - cached version

Office Hours Podcast hosts T.K. Coleman and Isaac Morehouse join School Sucks host Brett and Discomfort Zone co-host Andrew for a casual and delightfully digressive conversation about personal experimentation and challenge, spreading new ideas, the utility of debate, and leaving on a high...

School Sucks Project - 2019-09-19 - Original post - cached version

CJ Kilmer joins Brett to share his impressive story of personal transformation over the last year.

CJ had struggled with his weight for 20 years, and in the last nine months he has lost 125 pounds, has taken up martial arts, goes on regular 5+ mile runs, and he continues to make...

School Sucks Project - 2019-09-16 - Original post - cached version

In this late-night-into-early-morning monologue I give an accounting of the most valuable take-aways from the so-called "dopamine fast" as they relate to productivity, happiness and self-discipline.

Dopamine is just one of several neuro-chemicals playing key roles in our happiness...

School Sucks Project - 2019-09-09 - Original post - cached version

Scott Hambrick joins Brett to discuss what self-discipline is and what it isn't. We also contrast the emerging self-discipline leadership industry against true self-discipline leadership.

Registration is now open for the first ever UN-IVERSITY virtual event, The Ideas Into...

School Sucks Project - 2019-09-05 - Original post - cached version

You struggle with self discipline. Just how hard should you be on yourself about that?

This show features an excerpt from The Discomfort Zone (s02414) "On Purpose." We debate this question and set up the problem and internal conflict that this series will address in the coming weeks...

School Sucks Project - 2019-09-03 - Original post - cached version

September is Back to School Sucks Month and we begin with this one-time-only free-for-all full installment of our bonus series Picture of the Month Club. Because everyone needs to hear it.

This show also carries a very special announcement: Registration is now open for the first...

School Sucks Project - 2019-08-02 - Original post - cached version

Moritz Bierling returns for another marathon conversation about how individuals can be navigators of increasingly complex and dysfunctional communications arenas.

The primary focus is what Moritz refers to as the Agent/Arena Relationship. Arenas - be they social, political, cultural...

School Sucks Project - 2019-07-18 - Original post - cached version

The lively finale in our string of productions from the 2019 Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest. Recorded on Saturday evening, June 22nd.

The questions (paraphrased):
1. Who wins in a rap battle, John Dewey or Horace Mann? (Prof CJ)
2. In your 10 years of doing the show,...

School Sucks Project - 2019-07-12 - Original post - cached version

CJ Kilmer (Dangerous History Podcast) and I sit down for a limited hangout, not be confused with a limited hang-out?

This a more meandering and freestyle show, best described as a conversation about the modern history of what happens away from public scrutiny and out of the public...

School Sucks Project - 2019-07-09 - Original post - cached version

Scott Hambrick returns to begin a multi-part discussion on learning, as he aspires to be a better Starting Strength coach and a more effective interlocutor at Online Great Books.

We begin our discussion with an exploration of the common learning theories practiced in public school...

School Sucks Project - 2019-07-05 - Original post - cached version

Who is Bill Cooper? How did he help? How did he hinder? What's his relationship to Alex Jones? Why was he killed in the Fall of 2001? Today we'll be answering four of those questions to your satisfaction.

Shane Radliff is the creator of Liberty Under Attack Publications and the host...

School Sucks Project - 2019-07-01 - Original post - cached version

Jim is a clinical psychiatrist, a libertarian, and a School Sucks listener. At the Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest he gave a presentation called When Scientific Experts Determine Public Policy... What Could Go Wrong? It focused on the implementation of eugenic policies during the...

School Sucks Project - 2019-06-26 - Original post - cached version

Larry Ludlow first tried his hand at teaching in the Detroit public schools, the very same year I entered first grade. After quickly realizing he was in a dangerous, toxic and anti-education environment Larry moved on to the private sector where he enjoyed a successful 35-year career....

School Sucks Project - 2019-06-19 - Original post - cached version

I'm excited to welcome back one of my favorite entertainers, Benny Wills. Benny is a poet, an actor, and one of the creators of the hilarious and insightful YouTube channel, JoyCamp.

Benny and I discuss the impact of JoyCamp, creating and pitching a "too smart for Comedy Central"...

School Sucks Project - 2019-06-14 - Original post - cached version

New Shows Are Coming!!!
For today I'm sharing one of my favorite selections from our members-only content.

First, mentioned in the monologue...
1. Go Learn Why Freelancing Should be In Every Creative's Toolkit, from SSP favorite Alex Bell
2. I was so impressed with...

School Sucks Project - 2019-05-29 - Original post - cached version

Scott Hambrick and Matt Reynolds are entrepreneurs, Starting Strength coaches, and the team behind While Barbell Logic primarily focuses on strength training, Scott and Matt also dig into various self-improvement topics; we recently collaborated on an old School Sucks...

School Sucks Project - 2019-05-22 - Original post - cached version

Dr. Duke Pesta is an English Professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and the Academic Director of FreedomProject Education.

Frustrated with "call-out culture" and the misguided efforts to shield young ADULTS from upsetting ideas, Dr. Pesta issued a contract to his students...

School Sucks Project - 2019-05-13 - Original post - cached version

My guest today is Jonathan Carroll, a history teacher and a 20-year veteran of Florida's public schools. Jonathan's recent viral Facebook resignation post has made national news, and has inspired messages of appreciation from educators around the world.

In his April 30th post he...

School Sucks Project - 2019-05-07 - Original post - cached version

Pam Lucashu is a home-educating parent and the Legislative Liaison for The Education of Christian Homeschoolers of CT.

Because much of our recent content has been devoted to exciting and revolutionary educational alternatives, I wanted to spotlight Pam as an exemplar of the often...

School Sucks Project - 2019-05-01 - Original post - cached version

Isaac Morehouse is the CEO of Crash, the career launch platform, and the founder of Praxis, a startup apprenticeship program. He joins me today to map out a better route to beginning or even relaunching a fulfilling career.

Better than what?

Better than what almost all of us...

School Sucks Project - 2019-04-23 - Original post - cached version

A whole generation? Is that even a fair question? Today's discussion is a series of polite disagreements and even politer agreements with Aaron Clarey, who argues the answer to that question is yes.

One huge point of agreement: marketing and advertising are both getting increasingly...

School Sucks Project - 2019-04-17 - Original post - cached version

Jason Seib is a fat loss coach, fitness and nutrition author, and speaker. He is also the creator of the Alt-Shift Diet, which doesn't have to be seen as a "diet diet" - temporary and filled with frustrating sacrifices. His philosophy aligns with previous health and fitness coaches we've...

School Sucks Project - 2019-04-08 - Original post - cached version

Three years ago a time, energy and attention management expert name Kevin Kruse came on School Sucks to discuss block scheduling and some of its helpful, supporting strategies. I listened politely, and then did something entirely different.

After much more trial and error in...

School Sucks Project - 2019-03-27 - Original post - cached version

Here's a free full-episode sample of our supporter-only show The Discomfort Zone. And we're excited to announce a new way to get it! With your SubscribeStar Membership you'll gain access to this frequently praised ongoing personal development conversation, plus lots of other irreverent and...

School Sucks Project - 2019-03-20 - Original post - cached version

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...

School Sucks Project - 2019-03-15 - Original post - cached version

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...

School Sucks Project - 2019-03-12 - Original post - cached version

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...

School Sucks Project - 2019-03-07 - Original post - cached version

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 "...

School Sucks Project - 2019-02-28 - Original post - cached version

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.

Please Support School Sucks We do...
School Sucks Project - 2019-02-20 - Original post - cached version

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...

School Sucks Project - 2019-02-12 - Original post - cached version

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...

School Sucks Project - 2019-02-05 - Original post - cached version

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...

School Sucks Project - 2019-01-28 - Original post - cached version

Scott Hambrick is a home educating parent, entrepreneur, strength coach and the creator (Reader In Chief) of 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...
School Sucks Project - 2019-01-21 - Original post - cached version

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...

School Sucks Project - 2019-01-14 - Original post - cached version

How to find a mentor - Zak Slayback returns to the Studio of Champ-yinz to discuss how self-directed learners of all ages can build an enriching "Cabinet of Models." This cabinet includes teachers, advisors, and mentors.

Early in the show we'll make the distinction between teachers...

School Sucks Project - 2019-01-13 - Original post - cached version

Trump and his wall.
The rise of the Alt-Right and the Regressive Left.
Identity politics and a race war.
Media manipulation and increasingly impermeable echo chambers.

In the summer of 2016 a group of freedom-loving friends stayed up all night and discussed where...

School Sucks Project - 2018-12-31 - Original post - cached version

Jamie Crane is here to close out the year with a feel-good show and a stroll down memory lane.

Today's main topic was intended to be fitness. When I see someone go through a significant personal transformation, I like to know how and why they did it. What changed? What worked? What...

School Sucks Project - 2018-12-23 - Original post - cached version

Nathan Fraser joins me to discuss the recent T.M. Landry scandal - revelations that threaten to dash many people's hopes about self-directed learning models disrupting and possibly even healing a corrupt and failed schooling system.

T.M. Landry fashioned itself as a revolutionary...

School Sucks Project - 2018-12-11 - Original post - cached version

T.K. Coleman joins me to discuss his personal journey through formal schooling and self-education. In this introductory conversation, we'll cover T.K.'s philosophy of education, a philosophy of work, the human thirst for novelty, overcoming permission mentality, creativity and...

School Sucks Project - 2018-12-06 - Original post - cached version

Jeremy Stuart is the director of the 2015 documentary film Class Dismissed and the upcoming follow-up film Self-Taught (2019). Class Dismissed is a film about learning outside the classroom, while Self-Taught examines self-directed learning outcomes through the lives of six adult...

School Sucks Project - 2018-11-26 - Original post - cached version

Scott Hambrick is a home educating parent, entrepreneur, strength coach and the creator (Reader In Chief) of He joins me today to discuss the Great Books of the Western World and the Great Conversation contained within, as well as tips on how we can improve our mental...


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