S3E12 – How do we get this thing right?



 S3E12 – How do we get this thing right?

Nine months in, and online, remote and hybrid school is still proving dismal for far too many students and teachers. The end, if it’s even in sight, isn’t coming any time soon, so how can schools do a better job with the situation they’ve got? We ask our guest, Dr. April Willis of the National Virtual Teacher Association, about the solution her organization is trying to provide.

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Next episode will post on Jan 22, 2021


S3E11 – What’s it like elsewhere?



S3E11 – What’s it like elsewhere?

Ever wondered how the history and operations of schooling around the world differs from that of the USA? We take a glimpse at four countries’ schools – specifically, England, France, Japan and Finland – and see what we can learn.

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Next episode will post on January 8, 2021


S3E10 – Can’t we all just get along? The Math and History wars



S3E10 – Can’t we all just get along? The Math and History wars

Politics in education are so bitter because so little is at stake? Maybe, maybe not. In this episode we examine the ongoing debates about the “proper” teaching of two subjects, Math and History. What is at stake in these “school wars,” and how does the fallout affect students?

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Next episode will post on Friday December 25th


S3E9 – “What life we can make for our children”: Reclaiming Education for Native Americans



Season 3, Episode 9 – “What life we can make for our children” : Reclaiming Education for Native Americans

This Thanksgiving, our show highlights both the hideous experiences indigenous people suffered in US schools, and the successful Native American resistance to, and growing cultural reclamation of, the educational institutions that enroll their children.

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Next episode will post on Dec 11th


S3E8 – Play’s the Thing: The History, and Future, of Recess



S3E8 – Play’s the Thing: The History, and Future, of Recess

Recess has always been about more than just horsing around outside between classes. In this episode we explore how recess came to be, how it came to be under threat, and how it may be making a comeback.

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Next episode will post Friday Nov 27th


S3E7 – Oh, you beautiful doll



    Season 3, Episode 7: Oh, you beautiful doll

In this episode we recount the story of a unique cultural and educational exchange project between the United States and Japanese schoolchildren during a time of rising xenophobia and isolationism.

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Also, a big shout-out to Isaac Meyer’s History of Japan Podcast!

Next episode will post on November 13th


S3E5 – Watch your language!



S3E5 – Watch your language!

English classes are charged with teaching students “correct” language usage; linguists say there is no such thing. What are the social, racial and linguistic consequences of the way schools teach grammar and usage? This may well be the most exciting discussion of grammar you have ever heard!

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Next episode will post on Friday, October 16


S3E4 – What’s so special about special education?



S3E4 – What’s so special about special education?

Special Education remains opaque to too many Americans. This episode aims to get past the stereotypes and explore the workings, history, and philosophy behind special education programs in US schools.

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Next episode will post on Friday, September 25th.