In a Gentrifying City, Are Some Students Expendable?

The latest episode of Have You Heard is inspired by a brand new, and must read book: Ghosts in the Schoolyard, by sociologist Eve Ewing. Ghosts excavates the long backstory behind Chicago’s school closures in 2013, but Ewing’s analysis is just as relevant to Boston in 2018. Jennifer heads to the McCormack Middle School, a school that’s been slated for closure in a neighborhood that’s rapidly gentrifying. Might there be a connection? And in a city that’s growing ever richer, are some students expendable? Complete transcript of the episode available here. And if you’re a fan of the high-quality content that Have You Heard serves up, consider becoming a Patreon supporter by clicking the link below.

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The Zombie: The Undying Attacks on Schools of Education

Perhaps no issue is as deserving of ‘zombie’ status in the great education debates as schools of education and their myriad failures. [Insert specific criticism here]. In the latest episode of the Have You Heard podcast, education historian Lauren Lefty, co-author of Teaching Teachers: Changing Paths and Enduring Debates, joins Jack and Jennifer to explore why this particular zombie can never be slayed. Complete transcript here.

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Teachers are Running for Office – And to Save Public Education

Teachers are running for office in unprecedented numbers. And that’s not the only thing that makes this wave of teachers-turned-candidates unique. In the latest episode of the Have You Heard podcast, we meet some candidates who aren’t just running for office but to save public education. Full transcript of the episode here.

 

Win/Win: Why Billionaire Philanthropists are Bad at School Reform

In the latest episode of Have You Heard, Jennifer and Jack talk to Anand Giridharadas about his best-selling new book, Winners Take All: the Elite Charade of Changing the World. The book offers a SCATHING indictment of billionaire change makers, who seek to *disrupt* public education, even as they leave the structures of inequality untouched. Says Giridharadas: *They’re not willing to have an education system that funds public schools equally and adequately because that would cost rich people a lot of money.* Complete transcript of the episode available here. And if you’re a fan of the high-quality content that Have You Heard serves up, consider becoming a Patreon supporter by clicking the link below.

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On the Bus: What One City Can Teach Us About School Desegregation

In 1977please don’t do the math!—I climbed aboard a school bus headed for a newly integrated school, part of an ambitious and court-ordered school desegregation experiment in Springfield, Illinois. In the latest episode, I explore what did and didn’t happen in Springfield, and why our vision of what’s possible today seems so much smaller than it did four decades ago. Complete transcript available here

And in our special extended play version, available to our Patreon subscribers, we talk about why doing something about segregation will require re-thinking rigid metrics of school quality. To get access to extended episodes, reading lists and more, just click on this little button!

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