School Sucks Project discusses learning alternatives, self-education, critical thinking, peaceful parenting, personal growth and better communication strategies. Please visit us at schoolsucksproject.com to learn more.
About the host: My name is Brett Veinotte, and in my 12 years of teaching, school sucks
has been perhaps the most common phrase I’ve heard students use to
describe their feelings about public schooling. Yet this seemingly bitter little slogan is
actually quite profound. School sucks is perhaps the most accurate
and astute synopsis of the system I’ve ever heard. The 15,000-hour
process of compulsory schooling has a dramatic effect on the mind of a
child. When we first enter these institutions at age six, many of our
best personal attributes are already in place. We are curious,
innovative, unique, creative and hopeful in ways that we will rarely be
able to replicate throughout the rest of our lives. But over time, school sucks those essential attributes out of too many of us…and replaces them with predictability, obedience and apathy.
Unfortunately, for over a century this process has been referred to
as “education.” It isn’t.
Our aim is to reclaim that word, to take it
back from those who wish to use institutionalized schools (at all levels) to mold impressionable minds into desirable and
predictable finished products. Education is a journey by the individual,
for the individual.
Our podcasts, live call-in shows and videos don't require a lot of money to produce, but this pursuit does require a great deal of time. We would like to continue our growth and spread this important message to new people.