Join Jack Schneider and me as we explore education in the time of Trump, one hot-button topic at a time. You can listen to episodes of Have You Heard on Soundcloud, or subscribe on iTunes. If you have ideas for topics you’d like to see us tackle, drop me a line at email@example.com.
In our latest episode we meet a young teacher named Mihir Garud, who fled Wall Street for a Chicago charter school. He’s also the newly elected treasurer of a union that now represents 25% of charter school teachers in Chicago. Garud views unions as the “last brake” on a free market capitalism run amok, something that puts him the company of a majority of millennials. And as Jack discovers when he climbs into the time machine and travels back to 1897, when the Chicago Federation of Teachers was founded, the new union activists that Garud represents have a lot in common with the 19th century sisters who started this whole teacher union thing.
And don’t miss these other recent episodes:
- Teaching Controversy Has Always Been Controversial. Education historian Jonathan Zimmerman persuades us that coping with contention is a skill that public schools can no longer avoid teaching.
- What We Talk About When Talk About the Corporate Education Agenda. A conversation with economist Gordon Lafer. (Warning: this one is rated ‘B’ for bleak!)
- How Closing Schools Undermines Democracy. After Chicago shuttered 50 public schools in 2013, voter turnout in the affected neighborhoods plunged. Political scientist Sally Nuamah explains the connection.
- School Reform TV. We talk “theories of change,” the politics of influence and the big money push to rethink high school that is the XQ Super Schools project with Megan Tompkins-Stange.
- Divided by Design: Race, Neighborhoods, Wealth and Schools. A conversation with Richard Rothstein.
- Big Philanthropy, Small Change: (Deep) Inside the Gates Foundation’s Small Schools Experiment.
- Schools Can’t Fix Poverty (so why do we keep insisting they can?) A conversation with historian Harvey Kantor.
- The Mismeasure of Schools: Data, Real Estate and Segregation. A whirlwind tour through a brand-new book by Have You Heard’s own Jack Schneider.
- The Right’s Long Crusade Against Government Schools. A conversation with historian Nancy MacLean.
- I Quit! We hear from teachers who have left their jobs—and want to tell the world why.
- Putting the ‘i’ in School: Personalized Learning and the Disruption of Public Education. The push to “personalize” education is on, with more Silicon Valley disrupters jumping into the big money fray every week. But as we discuss with guest Bill Fitzgerald, the search for a technological cure for what ails our public schools goes way back.
- Buying Influence: Big Money and School Board Elections Researcher Rebecca Jacobsen talks to us about what’s behind the sudden surge of outside, often untraceable money, into school board races.
- DNA Test: The Ancestry of Charter Schools Writer Rachel Cohen joins us to subject charter schools to a paternity test.
- Where Have All the Black Teachers Gone We’re joined by scholar Terrenda White, who explains the role that education reform has played in reducing the number of Black teachers, and why recruiting Black students to be future teachers is such a challenge when school can feel a lot like jail.
- Truth in Edvertising. Is $1000 per student kind of a lot to spend on marketing? We explore the fast-growing and completely unregulated world of school marketing or as we like to call it: edvertising.
- A Laundromat for Tax Dollars, delves into the complex and controversial topic of tax credit scholarships, which as tax expert Carl Davis told us, have more in common with money laundering than with traditional charitable giving.
- For Profit U, features a conversation with Tressie McMillan Cottom about the rise of for-profit colleges, and *risky* higher ed that saddles low-income students with debt and questionable credentials.
- School Choice Meltdown in Motown Have You Heard heads to Detroit to hear from parents about how they’re faring in the city’s “education marketplace.” We listen in as they describe neighborhoods that have become school deserts, and the chaos of dealing with schools that suddenly close their doors.
- Rate my Teacher: A Conversation with Michelle Rhee We ask Rhee about whether she’s rethinking the use of student test scores to evaluate teachers, whether the policies she’s pushed for have led to teacher shortages, and what’s next for the education reform movement in these Trumpian times.
- You’re Fired We examine the origin of the idea that the best way to fix struggling schools is to turn them upside down.
- Vouchers: a Love Story We discuss the history of the school voucher movement and its strange bedfellows, and mix it up with Travis Pillow, a voucher superfan.