Thursday, March 17, 2011

Danny's Proposal

It's Danny's turn to provide a concrete solution to the problems of education. In this episode, he lays out his thoughts about how the High School experience can be re-envisioned. It's surprisingly lucid and well thought out.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Patrick's Proposal

Following up on Simon's proposal last week, this week it was Patrick's turn to give a concrete plan for something he would do in education. This show focuses on a year-long immersive educational game that would leverage all kinds of technologies.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Simon's Proposal

After a couple week's absence, we're back with a new show. We take a slightly different approach to this show in that we're going to spend a bit more time discussing the solutions that we'd actually propose to the problems of education rather than discussing what other people are doing.

First up is Simon, who spends some time in this week's episode discussing his overarching philosophy to technology usage in schools.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Is Homeschooling the Answer?

In this week's podcast, Daniel, Mark and Patrick explored the idea that homeschooling may be able to solve education's problems. This was based on an article entitled, Homeschooling is More Beneficial to Children: Why Homeschooling is Better for Your Child. Take a listen.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Grading Parents?

The kids at the back of the class have recorded a new show on the topic of Teachers Grading Parents. This is based on a legislative proposal put forth by a Florida state representative named Kelli Stargel.

I can't wait to see what people think about this one.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

On Practical Wisdom

We have a new show up about the importance of Practical Wisdom. As Simon was "in the field", we're joined by Mark Salata (of Mining Gems). The discussion stems from Barry Schwartz TED Talk, titled "Using Our Practical Wisdom".

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Thiel Conundrum

We have a new show up. It's called The Thiel Conundrum, and it's a lively discussion of the merits of the Thiel Foundation's 20 Under 20 Fellowship Program (In which 20 people under 20 years of age are given $100,000 to "stop out of school" and focus on developing scientific or technical projects).

By the way - during this show, there are two mentions of literature with which Danny takes issue. The first deals with the possible negative effects of traditional education on high-achieving students, and the second deals with how teachers say they want creative students by don't actually want them in their classrooms. I said that I would find that literature and post it here...here it is (read it yourself to judge its quality):

1. A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America's Brightest Students
2. Creativity: Asset or Burden in the Classroom