School Sucks Project

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...

School Sucks Project - 2018-11-19 - Original post - cached version

Professor CJ from the Dangerous History Podcast leads a roundtable discussion on numerous thought-provoking John Taylor Gatto topics.

- How we each discovered Gatto's work, and how will all didn't take full advantage of our first encounter
- Gatto as the Smedley...

School Sucks Project - 2018-11-14 - Original post - cached version

Pat Farenga is a leading unschooling advocate, and the father of three adult unschooled children. He worked closely with unschooling pioneer John Holt on the Growing Without Schooling Magazine, and in the mid-1980s he took over as publisher of GWS and the president of Holt Associates....

School Sucks Project - 2018-11-09 - Original post - cached version

Sandra Dodd is a world-renown unschooling and natural learning advocate, and the mother of three adult unschooled children. Her website is one of the most comprehensive unschooling resources on the internet. She joins me for a fast-paced but fairly comprehensive discussion...

School Sucks Project - 2018-11-01 - Original post - cached version

In Remembrance 1935-2018
A monologue about the courageous life and work of John Taylor Gatto, and the story of how he changed my life.

How many teachers reluctantly acknowledge the failure of mass compulsory schooling? How many become disheartened but then relegate themselves...

School Sucks Project - 2018-10-18 - Original post - cached version

Zak Slayback returns to discuss some helpful action items ambitious high school students can embrace to position themselves ahead of college graduates in the job market.

This is a proven formula; Zak will share his stories about how these actions benefited him in his professional...

School Sucks Project - 2018-10-15 - Original post - cached version

Alex Bell was the teenager I had mind when I first started this whole School Sucks project. Struggling through school and variety of personal challenges, he was the kind of person I hoped to reach. Unfortunately, I didn't know this until we connected in Salem, MA in 2017.


School Sucks Project - 2018-09-28 - Original post - cached version

Part 3 of 3: "Last Looks"

Tomas "Dutch" Deckaj and Scott Bowers are film makers and School Sucks Podcast listeners. I met them last spring in New Orleans where they were working together on a project.

Dutch was the film's First Assistant Director, and he told me his job on...

School Sucks Project - 2018-09-26 - Original post - cached version

A quick discussion about understanding the fears and motivations behind the development of the public schooling system in America. Shane Radliff and I discuss the radical school reform movement of the 1960s and how A Renegade History of the United States helped to add important nuance to...

School Sucks Project - 2018-09-24 - Original post - cached version

Shane Radliff is a School Sucks listener and the creator of the popular website and podcast, Liberty Under Attack. In this joint production, we discuss the benefits, challenges and lessons of a location-independent lifestyle.

Shane is preparing to live a more nomadic lifestyle, so...

School Sucks Project - 2018-09-20 - Original post - cached version

Part 2 of 3: "Soft Prep"

Tomas "Dutch" Deckaj and Scott Bowers are film makers and School Sucks Podcast listeners. I met them last spring in New Orleans where they were working together on a project.

Dutch was the film's First Assistant Director, and he told me his job on set...

School Sucks Project - 2018-09-17 - Original post - cached version

In this thinly-veiled 52-minute promotion for the Contra Cruise, happening October 21-28 (tickets available at, Tom and I open talking about the cruise, highlights from previous cruises, and the origins of the Contra Krugman podcast.

What's up with the title? I...

School Sucks Project - 2018-09-13 - Original post - cached version

Part 1 of 3: "Film/School"

Tomas "Dutch" Deckaj and Scott Bowers are film makers and School Sucks Podcast listeners. I met them last spring in New Orleans where they were working together on a project.

Dutch was the film's First Assistant Director, and he told me his job on...

School Sucks Project - 2018-09-10 - Original post - cached version

Back to SchoolSucks! We return with an exploration of why and how we can embrace an opportunity that has never existed before in all of human history. We're talking about lifestyle entrepreneurship and location/schedule independence.

Most of you will remember Kevin Geary as an...

School Sucks Project - 2018-08-24 - Original post - cached version

Moritz and I discuss his current work on Holochain, and its role in resolving the digital malaise we've been discussing in this series. This malaise includes "fake news," information (or input) overload, social media fatigue, banning, loss of privacy, no data ownership, etc...


School Sucks Project - 2018-08-20 - Original post - cached version

Part 3 of this series will be split into two conversations: a one-on-one with Skinner followed by a one-on-one with Moritz, allowing each of them to focus in on their areas of expertise in resolving the digital malaise we've been discussing. This malaise includes "fake news," information (...


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