Ep.32 Nick Hazelton is a High School Drop Out.Anarcho-Yakitalism Podcast

I’m finally free from public schooling! I’ll be finishing this school year up, then I’m doing self-directed learning, farming, and podcasting full-time. I’m super excited! I made this show to celebrate that, but also for the haters and the doubters. Hope ya’ll enjoy.



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6 Responses to Ep.32 Nick Hazelton is a High School Drop Out.Anarcho-Yakitalism Podcast

  1. Trevor Peck

    GREAT episode, Nick. Really great. I’m quite far behind on listening to your show, but this episode convinced me I have to try to catch up.

    I hope things are still working out for you!

    Here’s a story you might like.

    Daffodils and Diesels

    I’m not very good in school. This is my second year in the seventh
    grade, and I’m bigger than most of the other kids. They like me
    all right, even though I don’t say much in class, and that sort of
    makes up for what goes on in school.
    I don’t know why the teachers don’t like me. They never have.
    It seems like they don’t think you know anything unless you can
    name the book it came out of. I read a lot at home – things like
    ‘Popular Mechanics’ and ‘Sports Illustrated’ and the Sears
    catalog – but I don’t just sit down and read them through like
    they make us do in school. I use them when I want to find
    something out, like a batting average, or when Mom buys something
    second-hand and wants to know if she’s getting a good price.
    In school, though, we’ve got to learn whatever is in the book
    and I just can’t memorize the stuff. Last year I stayed after
    school every night for two weeks trying to learn the names of the
    presidents. Some of them were easy, like Washington and Jefferson
    and Lincoln, but there must have been thirty altogether and I
    never did get them straight. I’m not too sorry, though, because
    the kids who learned the presidents had to turn around and learn
    all the vice-presidents. I am taking the seventh grade over, but
    our teacher this year isn’t interested in the names of the
    presidents. She has us trying to learn the names of all the great
    American inventors.
    I guess I just can’t remember names in history. Anyway, I’ve
    been trying to learn about trucks because my uncle owns three and
    he says I can drive one when I’m sixteen. I know the horsepower
    and gear ratio of twenty-six American trucks, and want to operate
    a diesel. Those diesels are really something. I started to tell
    my teacher about them in science class last week when the pump we
    were using to make a vacuum in a bell-jar got hot, but she said
    she didn’t see what a diesel engine had to do with our experiment
    on air-pressure, so I just shut up. The kids seemed interested,
    though. I took four of them around to my uncle’s garage after
    school and we watched his mechanic tear down a big diesel engine.
    He really knows his stuff.
    I’m not very good in geography, either. They call it economic
    geography this year. We’ve been studying the imports and exports
    of turkey all week, but I couldn’t tell you what they are. Maybe
    the reason is that I missed school for a couple of days when my
    uncle took me downstate to pick up some livestock. He told me
    where we were headed and I had to figure out the best way to get
    there and back. He just drove and turned where I told him. It was
    over 500 miles round-trip and I’m figuring now what his oil cost
    and the wear and tear on the truck – he calls it depreciation –
    so we’ll know how much we made.
    When we got back I wrote up all the bills and sent letters to
    the farmers about what their pigs and cattle brought at the
    stockyard. My aunt said I made only three mistakes in 17 letters,
    all commas. I wish I could write school themes that way. The last
    one I had to write was on “What a daffodil thinks of Spring,” and
    I just couldn’t get going.
    I don’t do very well in arithmetic, either. Seems I just can’t
    keep my mind on the problems. We had one the other day like this:

    “If a 57-foot telephone pole falls across a cement highway so
    that 17 3/4 feet extends from one side and 14 16/17 feet extend
    from the other, how wide is the highway?”

    That seemed to me like an awfully silly way to get the width of a
    highway. I didn’t even try to answer it because it didn’t say
    whether the pole had fallen straight across or not.
    Even in shop class I don’t get very good grades. All of us kids
    made a broom holder and a bookend this semester and mine were
    sloppy. I just can’t get interested. Mom doesn’t use a broom
    anymore with her new vacuum cleaner, and all our books are in a
    bookcase with glass doors in the family room. Anyway, I wanted to
    make an end gate for my uncle’s trailer, but the shop teacher
    said that meant using metal and wood both, and I’d have to learn
    to work with wood first. I didn’t see why, but I kept quiet and
    made a tie rack even though my dad doesn’t wear ties. I made the
    tail gate after school at my uncle’s garage, and he said I saved
    him twenty dollars.
    Government class is hard for me too. I’ve been staying after
    school trying to learn the Articles of Confederation, because the
    teacher said we couldn’t be good citizens unless we did. I really
    tried because I want to be a good citizen. I did hate to stay
    after school, though, because a bunch of us guys from the south
    end have been cleaning up the lot across from Taylor’s Machine
    Shop to make a playground out of it for the little kids from the
    Methodist home. I made the jungle gym out of old pipe, and the
    guys put me in charge of things. We raised enough money
    collecting scrap this month to build a wire fence clear around
    the lot.
    Dad says I can quit school when I’m sixteen. I’m sort of
    anxious to, because there are a lot of things I want to learn to
    do, and, as my uncle says, I’m not getting any younger.

    – Author unknown, as told in Appendix 7 of Homeschooling for
    Excellence by David Colfax and Micki Colfax.

  2. sits in on state funded advanced placement class
    is anarchist

    wait what?

  3. Nick

    I’m trying very hard to broaden the scope of my personal education, and it is difficult. But I have a thirst for knowledge beyond philosophy and farming, I hope I keep that curiosity and will certainly try to foster it.
    I’ll add the TED Talk and Wiki article to my plan, as well as all of those books, thank you Richard.
    My first book is “Economics In One Lesson” by Henry Hazlitt, then “Modules for Manhood” by Kenneth Royce.

    I’ll be putting a show out tomorrow about the details of my plan.

  4. Richard Hauser

    Congratulation on your scheduled release from schooling. Just one word of caution, I would never tell you that you can’t learn almost everything you ever need to know outside of a standard educational system as I learned more in libraries than I ever did in classes and I have a degree in Physics. The word of caution is about educational tunnel vision.
    Without an external force requiring you to learn about diverse subjects I think it would be easy, especially at a young age when you can’t possibly have read about the zillions of possible subjects to not expand the breadth of studies to where they should go, so I would ask that you challenge yourself in your reading list to topics outside of your present interest. I think you will always read more about the subjects that interest you but that can lead to a myopic view.
    May I suggest that every day you read one random Wikipedia article a day or if you can only spare 18 minutes TED talks are also great. Also challenge many others to create a possible reading list for you, then weave some of the suggestions into your scheduled reading, especially if it is something that you presently have no interest in.
    In two weeks I’ll be 50 years old and am mad as hell that I didn’t hear about permaculture till about two years ago, Objectivism till 20 years ago and so many other things. I have worked very hard at widening my range of study and have barely scratched the surface of the innumerable amazing topics of study out there.
    I know you can go deep, but don’t forget to also go wide in your quest for knowledge.

    On that thread, may I make some reading suggestions in case you haven’t already read them, in my guess your order of perceived interest:
    “The Game” by Neil Strauss
    “The Knowledge” by Lewis Dartnell
    “The Martian” by Andy Weir
    “Guns,Germs and Steel” by Jared Diamond
    “Daemon” by Daniel Suarez
    “The Diamond Age” by Neal Stephenson
    “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu
    “No Exit” by Jon Paul Sartre

    I’ll leave off “Atlas Shrugged” as it seemed too obvious. Some of these are SciFi, which makes them entertaining, but they are hard SciFi and the science in them is bleeding edge and many have a philosophic undertones and the last two are really short, but all have made me think in new and interesting ways.

    Good luck, you, like everyone else, have a lot to learn, so keep reading!
    Richard Hauser

  5. Geoffrey Hazelton

    Ditto that, you have my support as well! You have a good plan. I like the flexibility which allows you to follow where your interests lead. You have some very interesting things to start upon. What is your first book? I suggest you keep a journal of some kind as you make your launch.

  6. Nash Bennett

    Hey dude, just saying I fully support your decision. I hope everything works out for you 🙂

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