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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.


S3E3 – Going the Distance: A history of remote learning



Season 3, Episode 3 – Going the Distance: A history of remote learning

Remote learning is not a new development in education. In this episode, we review the history, practices, pitfalls and potential future of remote learning as we enter a school year where the majority of U.S. students will be engaged in some form of distance education.

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Next episode will post on Sept 18th


S3E2 – How it all began, Part II – Common for Whom?



Season 3, Episode 2 – How it all began, Part II – Common for whom?

We continue our quest to locate the origin(s) of public education in the United States, from Horace Mann’s Common Schools to the fight for racial equity in schooling.

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Next episode will post on September 18th, 2020

 


S3E1 – How it all began, Part I – Satan, Jefferson, and Dictionaries



Season 3, Episode 1 – How it all began, Part I – Satan, Jefferson, and Dictionaries

How did we get here? We start off the third season of Ed Infinitum with a two-parter about the origin of public education in the United States…or…origins, plural? Things aren’t so simple, as we’ll soon see.

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Next episode will post on September 4th, 2020

 


S3E0 – There are no best practices



S3E0 – There are no best practices

Special Episode: How will in-person teaching and learning be conducted in a pandemic? What are the arguments for and against this practice, and where, if anywhere, is the roadmap for executing it?

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Next episode will post in mid-August as Season 3 begins.


S2E14 – School for Scandal, Pt 3 – The Inevitable Corruption



S2E14 – School for Scandal, Pt 3 – The Inevitable Corruption

We wrap up our three part series, as well as Season Two entirely, by looking at the sordid underbelly of the school accountability mania of the 2000s, the resulting scandals and even criminal prosecutions, and ask if any meaningful changes emerged in the way teachers and schools are assessed.

The podcast will be going on hiatus for a few weeks while I start planning and recording Season#3. Next episode should air some time in mid to late August, at which point we’ll resume our original biweekly release schedule.