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In the latest episode, Jack and Jennifer dig into five—or make that six—education news stories that didn’t get enough attention in 2018, from the surprising (to some) longevity of Betsy DeVos to the GOP’s realignment as the anti-college party. Listen and learn!
And don’t miss these other episodes:
- The Farce of School Reform. Things get comical when Roxanna Elden talks about her new novel Adequate Yearly Progress, a smart and hilarious take on the limits of school reform
- Unreal Results in Education Research (and what to do about them). A data-driven conversation with education scholar Hunter Gehlbach.
- Closing Time. A new book on racism and school closings in Chicago informs and inspires an episode about a Boston school slated for closure.
- The Zombie: Undying Attacks on Ed Schools. Education historian Lauren Lefty joins us to excavate education’s original zombie issue: schools of education and [insert criticism here].
- 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.
- Why Billionaire Philanthropists are Bad at School Reform. A conversation with Anand Giridharadas, author of Winners Take All.
- On the Bus. Co-host Jennifer Berkshire explores an ambitious, and court-ordered, school desegregation effort in her hometown: Springfield, Illinois.
- Fast, Cheap and Out-of-Control: Selling Short Cuts in American Education. Historian Bob Hampel guides us through the long history of edu-hucksterism in America.
- A Star-Powered Promise: LeBron Takes a Shot at School Reform. We’re joined by educator and expert in all things GOAT for a look at what makes LeBron’s venture different from other high-wattage education reform ventures.
- Janus and the Future of Teachers Unions. Jon Shelton, author of Teacher Strike! Public Education and the Making of a New American Political Order, joins Jennifer to talk about the recent Supreme Court decision at a time of rising teacher activism.
- The Problem with Fear-Based Education Reform. Business journalist Andrea Gabor steps into the Have You Heard studio to make the case that education reform has learned all of the wrong lessons from the business world.
- Magical Thinking. Writer John Warner joins Jennifer to discuss why the sordid saga of a Silicon Valley blood testing company is also a cautionary tale about education *disruption.*
- Life a la Carte. Have You Heard’s favorite sociologist, Carla Shedd, on school choice, segregation and gentrification in an unequal city.
- Teaching Machines. The dream of automating the teaching profession goes way back. Journalist and folklorist Audrey Watters lets us in on the long and forgotten history.
- Wisconsin Wakes Up. Have You Heard hits the road and heads to the Dairy State, where our current era of scorched-earth style state politics began.
- Getting Fundamental: Do Americans Have a Right to Public Education? Law professor Derek Black walks us through the largely forgotten history of the ratification of the 14th Amendment – and what it has to do with today’s battles over public education at the state level.
- Takeover!: What’s Behind the State Takeover of School Districts? Political scientist Domingo Morel explains that school takeovers were also about breaking up Black political power at the municipal level.
- Research that Counts. Have You Heard talks to economist Jesse Rothstein about the rise of the *data boyz* in education research.
- #55Strong: Lessons from the West Virginia Teachers Strike. Have You Heard talks to (lots of) West Virginia teachers to get the back-story on their state-wide strike.
- Am I Next?: School Shootings and Student Protests. We bring back Have You Heard’s (second) favorite historian, Jon Zimmerman, to talk about what today’s student protest leaders can learn from the student walkouts of yesteryear. And we meet some students from across Massachusetts who are organizing protests right now.
- The Skills Trap For working class students, “college” is increasingly defined as skills building and workforce development. But as guest Mike Rose tells us, that’s way too narrow. The star of the episode: a home health aide named *Maya Luna*, who went to community college in hopes of earning more money and fell in love with learning.
- One Year In It’s been a full year since Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education. Jennifer and Jack review what we’ve learned about her agenda, 365 long days later.
- What Gets Taught at Voucher Schools? We check in with HuffingtonPost education reporter Rebecca Klein about her recent investigative series.
- Segrenomics: The Long History of Cashing in on Unequal Education. A conversation with Noliwe Rooks, author of Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education.