Have You Heard
Have You Heard
Have You Heard
Occasionally funny and periodically informative, Have You Heard features journalist Jennifer Berkshire and scholar Jack Schneider as they explore the age-old quest to finally fix the nation's public schools, one policy issue at a time.
#114 Where Communities Go to College
Community colleges get a bad rap. But recent graduates of Maryland’s Frederick Community College say that stigma is undeserved. These new and soon-to-be-teachers make a powerful case for learning - and teaching - close to home. Warning: this episode may upend preexisting notions about the relationship between education and place, not to mention how we define “smart.” Special guests: Professor Sarah Bigham, Frederick Community College and an all-star cast of FCC grads. The financial support of listeners like you keeps this podcast going. Subscribe on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/HaveYouHeardPodcast or donate on PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/haveyouheardpodcast
Jun 3
35 min
#113 The K-12 Culture Wars
The public school culture wars are raging more intensely than at any time since the Reagan era. Fueled by intense political polarization and the continued fallout from pandemic school closures, the culture wars now threaten public education. Special guests: four teachers who are on the front lines of the battle over what gets taught. The financial support of listeners like you keeps this podcast going. Subscribe on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/HaveYouHeardPodcast or donate on PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/haveyouheardpodcast
May 20
40 min
#112 The Case for Elected School Boards
Inefficient. Ineffective. Outdated. Outmoded. Unrepresentative. Sure, local school boards are deserving of all of these criticisms (and more), but they are also seedbeds of local democracy at a time when democracy is under attack. Special guests: school board member and scholar Rachel White, and school committee member Roberto Jimenez Rivera. Like this podcast? Consider leaving us a five star rating and a pithy review. The financial support of listeners like you keeps this podcast going. Subscribe on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/HaveYouHeardPodcast or donate on PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/haveyouheardpodcast
May 6
37 min
#111 State of Siege: What the Free State Project Means for New Hampshire’s Public Schools
Two decades ago, the Free State Project announced an audacious plan to make New Hampshire a utopia for libertarians. Now one of their central goals - privatizing education - appears within reach. Have You Heard heads to the Granite State to explore New Hampshire’s shifting political terrain and why what began as a fringe political movement is no laughing matter. Guests: Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling, author, A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear. The financial support of listeners like you keeps this podcast going. Subscribe on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/HaveYouHeardPodcast or donate on PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/haveyouheardpodcast Jack and Jennifer’s book, A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door, is out and available wherever you buy books: https://www.wolfattheschoolhousedoor.com/
Apr 22
41 min
#110 Failure to Disrupt. Again
The pandemic gave the education technology industry the opportunity to FINALLY deliver on the bold promises it has been making for decades. What happened instead was just another failure to disrupt, says MIT's Justin Reich. The financial support of listeners like you keeps this podcast going. Subscribe on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/HaveYouHeardPodcast or donate on PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/haveyouheardpodcast
Apr 8
38 min
#109 What They've Lost
Students from Boston tell Have You Heard what they've lost during this year of pandemic learning. Spoiler: what you'll hear bears little resemblance to the discussion of "learning loss" that's atop the agenda of policy makers right now. Special guest Boston teacher Neema Avashia helps us make sense of the gap between how students are feeling and how adults with power are talking. The financial support of listeners like you keeps this podcast going. Subscribe on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/HaveYouHeardPodcast or donate on PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/haveyouheardpodcast
Mar 25
39 min
#108 Kids as Customers
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is creating a network of tuition-free Montessori-inspired preschools for low-income students. But his vision of schools that nurture the autonomy and creativity of kids is on a collision course with the Amazon workplaces Bezos has engineered for adults. Special guest: Mira Debs, author of Diverse Families, Desirable Schools: Public Montessori in the Era of School Choice. The financial support of listeners like you keeps this podcast going. Subscribe on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/HaveYouHeardPodcast or donate on PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/haveyouheardpodcast Jennifer and Jack’s book, A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door, is out and available wherever you buy books!
Mar 11
34 min
#107 Learning to Earn
The idea that more education is the way to help workers get ahead is a cherished American principle. In fact, this "human capital" view of education dates all the way back to another period of roaring inequality in the US: the Gilded Age. Historian Cristina Groeger joins us to discuss the origins of the "education fix," and why the idea of educating our way out of inequality has always been doomed to fail.
Feb 25
29 min
#106 School Rankings, Ratings, and Wrongdoing
The brutal pessimism of school rankings and ratings, starring Akil Bello, Senior Director of Advocacy and Advancement at FairTest. The financial support of listeners like you keeps this podcast going. Subscribe on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/HaveYouHeardPodcast or donate on PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/haveyouheardpodcast
Feb 11
39 min
#105 Reopening a Can of Worms
Have You Heard wades into the pitched debate about reopening schools. We hear from an epidemiologist, then tour the land to talk to parents and teachers who are trying to navigate an impossibly complex situation. The financial support of listeners like you keeps this podcast going. Subscribe on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/HaveYouHeardPodcast or donate on PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/haveyouheardpodcast
Jan 28
42 min
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