Equity in Theory, Privilege in Practice

In the latest episode of Have You Heard, we tackle a fraught and timely question.Why do progressive parents so often act to preserve their own privilege, and that of their children, even as they say they’re committed to challenging inequality? We talk to Margaret Hagerman, author of White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America. Full transcript of the episode is available here. And if you’re a fan of Have You Heard, please consider supporting us on Patreon.

Party Pivot: Why Democrats Are Rethinking School Choice

From the Sanders plan to the Warren plan to Cory Booker’s reluctance to talk about education reform on the campaign trail, the Democratic Party seems to be backing away from its decades-long embrace of charter schools. While pundits cite the influence of teachers unions within the party, our guest Jon Valant says more complicated forces are at play, starting with the unraveling of the liberal/conservative coalition that brought charters into being. Complete transcript of the episode is here.

And in our special extended play version for Patreon subscribers, Jennifer and Jack tackle the edu-wars that just keep flaring up between Sanders and Warren supporters.

Storefront School: Excavating A Radical Education Experiment in Harlem

In the latest episode of Have You Heard we climb into the time machine and head to central Harlem in the late 1960’s, home to a radical—and little known—education experiment. For seven years, Harlem Prep, an independent school that was entirely funded by private donations, operated out of a storefront, sending students who’d dropped out or been pushed out of the NYC Public Schools onto college. Education historian Barry Goldenberg, the runner up in our Have You Heard Graduate Student Research Contest, takes us on a tour of a radically alternative school. And speaking of the Have You Heard Graduate Student Research Contest, it’s back! If you’re a grad student and think your research on K-12 or higher education is *pod worthy,* this is your chance! All the info you need is here. And a full transcript of our Harlem Prep episode is here

The Have You Heard Graduate Student Research Contest is Back!

Are you a graduate student whose research on K-12 or higher education is ready for the podcast limelight? Then we have 30 minutes of prime audio real estate with your name on it.

Have You Heard is a biweekly education policy podcast, featuring scholar Jack Schneider and journalist Jennifer Berkshire. Seeking to move past the headlines and the talking points, the show presents important academic research in a humorous, easy-to-listen-to format. It may not be peer-reviewed, but Have You Heard does reach thousands of listeners with each episode, giving graduate students an audience many times larger than even the biggest AERA conference room!

To learn more about the show, check out the Have You Heard blog. Or better yet, pick your way through the show’s archives on iTunesSoundcloud or wherever you get your podcasts. Be sure to check out the episode with last year’s contest winner, Elise Castillo (UC Berkeley) and with runner up Barry Goldenberg.

To apply, send a brief (200-300 word) description of your research. Then, in no more than two sentences, make the case for why you think it belongs in a podcast. Tell us, too, where you’re in school and what program you’re enrolled in. A round of finalists will be invited to submit full versions of their research, and the winner of the Graduate Student Research Contest will appear on a spring 2020 episode.

Deadline: December 1st, 2019

Contact: Karalyn_McGovern@student.uml.edu (our great grad assistant!)

Kochland: Inside the Koch’s Vision for Public Education

In the latest episode of Have You Heard, we talk to Christopher Leonard about his bestselling new book, Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America. Leonard spent seven years delving deep into the rise and reach of Koch Industries. He gained an inside perspective into how the Kochs see the world—and why remaking public education is such a priority for the family. Complete transcript of the episode is available here. And if you’re a fan of Have You Heard, please consider supporting us with a small donation.