#1562 Alternatives and Improvements to our Education System

Air Date: 5–29-2023

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Today, we take a look at some of the fundamental problems with our education system and explore alternatives to spark ideas for improvement.

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Ch. 1: Do schools kill creativity? | Sir Ken Robinson - TED - Air Date 1-6-07

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Ch. 2: The Problem With American Education - Second Thought - Air Date 3-9-21

Americans from across the political spectrum tend to agree that our education system is failing our students. In this episode, we'll take a look at three of the biggest problems the system faces, and consider some possible solutions.

Ch. 3: Understanding the Principles of Montessori Education - New Ideal, from the Ayn Rand Institute - Air Date 5-19-22

What are the principles of Montessori education? How does it compare to other educational approaches? And how does it relate to Rand’s philosophy? Join Sam Weaver for an interview with Dr. Matt Bateman to explore answers to these questions.

Ch. 4: The Secret Power of Homeschoolers - VICE News - Air Date 10-12-22

Homeschooling exploded when the COVID-19 pandemic pushed students online. But even though schools have reopened, many kids aren’t going back. VICE News investigates why families are opting out, and what happens to the institution of public school.

Ch. 5: Why Black Parents are Choosing to Homeschool Their Kids - Amanpour and Company - Air Date 6-18-21

Homeschooling among Black families increased by 500% last year, reflecting an increasing trend across America. One that is especially pronounced in communities of color.

Ch. 6: Teaching in the US vs. the rest of the world - Vox - Air Date 1-11-20

Teachers in America have a uniquely tough job. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Ch. 7: Happy Finnish: Why Finland is the country to copy - The Bunker - Air Date 1-14-23

Finland is the happiest country on earth. What can we learn from this Nordic nation? How is its education, health care and housing systems different to ours?

Ch. 8: Pasi Sahlberg: lessons from Finnish education - Social Europe Podcast - Air Date 2-7-22

Around the world, education 'reforms' have made schooling more market-mimicking and competitive, rendering education a 'club good' for the better off. Finland shows how treating education as a public good brings better student performance overall


Ch. 9: The Philosophy of Quitting School at 8 Years Old (Grown Unschooler Interview) - Andrew Parker - Air Date 2-19-21

Sierra Allen quit school at 8 years old, and two decades later she still stands by that decision. In this conversation, I get an introduction to the unschooling philosophy that made this possible.

Ch. 10: Boundless Life with Suzanne Perkowsky - Education on Fire - Air Date 3-12-23

Suzanne Perkowsky is the Head of Academics at Boundless Life. She was the co-founder of New Nordic Schools, a Finnish education development company that created the Nordic Baccalaureate based on the Finnish education system.


Ch. 11: Final comments on why it's possible to improve an education system without replacing it

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Description: Photo of an empty classroom, rows of desks with blue, red and green chairs and a large blackboard on the back wall. Sunlight is shining in from unseen windows.

Credit: “UF Norman Hall Desks Classroom” by Christopher Sessums, Flickr | License: CC BY 2.0 | Changes: Cropped, increased brightness, contrast & saturation

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  • Rosetta Drewry
    commented 2023-12-14 16:14:20 -0500
    Improving our education system is vital, especially as learning sometimes can be hard for some students. And often it cannot do without phd proposal help from https://www.phdresearchproposal.org/ It’s a valuable resource to ease the educational journey. But still, it would be great if it became easier for students to study and they did not use third-party services to solve academic problems.
  • Jay Tomlinson
    published this page in Episodes 2023-05-30 00:16:03 -0400
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