The Problem with Fear-Based Education Reform

Did you hear the one about how schools should be run more like businesses? In the latest episode of the Have You Heard podcast, Jennifer and Jack are joined by business journalist Andrea Gabor, author of the new book After the Education Wars: How Smart Schools Upend the Business of Reform. Gabor argues that business DOES offer lessons for schools – but that the education reform industry has learned all of the wrong ones.

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What the Sordid Saga of a Silicon Valley Start-Up Tells Us About #EdReform

While Have You Heard co-host Jack Schneider is off doing whatever academics do during months without an ‘r,’ Jennifer has been tearing through a blockbuster new book on the meteoric rise and implosion of Silicon Valley blood-testing startup Theranos. So what does the sordid saga of a blood testing company have to do with education? Writer John Warner steps into the Have You Heard studio to discuss Bad Blood and what it tells us about “bad ed tech” and “bad ed reform.”

Life A la Carte: School Choice, Segregation and Gentrification in an Unequal City

In episode #44, sociologist Carla Shedd steps into the Have You Heard studio to talk about the complex interplay between school choice, segregation and gentrification in the unequal city she calls home: New York. You may remember Shedd from a previous appearance on this page. I interviewed her a few years back about her book Unequal City about Chicago. And if you’re a fan of Have You Heard and want to help us keep the podcast going, we’ve got a Patreon page now where you can do just that!

Teaching Machines: The Dream of Automating the Teaching Profession Goes Way Back

In episode #43 of Have You Heard, Jennifer and Jack talk to Audrey Watters, expert on all things #edtech, about the age-old quest to automate teaching. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll find yourself reaching for that George Santayana quote about those who don’t know history’s mistakes… Complete transcript is here. And if you’re a fan of Have You Heard and want to help us keep the podcast going, we’ve got a Patreon page now where you can do just that!

Wisconsin Wakes Up

Nearly a decade has passed since Scott Walker took on teachers and other public employees in America’s Dairy Land, virtually eliminating their right to engage in collective bargaining. So what’s the state of the state today? The Have You Heard mobile heads to the Heartland and discovers that the conversation in Wisconsin sounds a lot like what’s happening in states from West Virginia to North Carolina. Public education and the question of how to fund it has emerged as a potent political issue and is driving what could be a big shift in the state’s political makeup. Transcript of the episode available here.

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