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S4E1 – Do Schools Even Matter?



 Season 4, Episode 1: Do Schools Even Matter?

A lot of what influences students’ academic and long-term life outcomes have nothing to do with how schools are structured and how teachers teach. In the face of income inequality, structural racism and so many larger forces, does anything we talk about in this podcast really matter? We kick off Season 4 of Ed Infinitum by reviewing the research that could help us address that question.

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Next episode will post on May 14th, 2021


S3E14 – Blowout!



S3E14 – Blowout!

We close out Season Three with a look back at the student activism of the 1968 East Los Angeles walkouts, and how Chicano students defied abusive policies and police brutality to try and improve their schools.

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Next season will begin some time in April. Please consider making a donation to keep the podcast going so I can create an excellent Fourth Season!


S3E13 – Two voices from the COVID Classroom



Teachers & Covid-19 | TELL JapanS3E13 – Two voices from the COVID Classroom

Two teachers – one from a suburban middle school, one form a tech-voc agricultural school, share their unfiltered stories and opinions about what their job, their school and their students’ experience looks like right now during the pandemic.

Next episode (the season finale!) will post on Friday, Feb  21, 2021


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