Robert Pondiscio on How the Other Half Learns

EconTalk | 18 May 2020 | 1h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert Pondiscio about his book How the Other Half Learns: Equality, Excellence, and the Battle Over School Choice. Pondiscio shares his experience of being embedded in a Success Academy Charter School in New York City for a year – lessons about teaching, education policy, and student achievement. Dissects what Success Academy does well.

Accidental Homeschooler

ChooseFI | 27 March 2020 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Vincent Pugliese with wisdom on homeschooling for the lockdown. Covers reasonable expectations for time, interweaving learning around children’s interests rather than subjects, cultivating a love of learning, not stressing about timetables, and focusing on enjoying it.

Tyler Cowen on Identifying Talent, Changing Education, and Studying Progress

Venture Stories | 20 February 2020 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tyler Cowen discussing talent identification, the forces shaping education, egalitarianism versus meritocracy, progress, aesthetics in intellectual life, how to find the best people for government jobs, why globalisation has not led to more innovation, and more.

Terry Moe on Educational Reform, Katrina, and Hidden Power

EconTalk | 9 December 2019 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Terry Moe about his book, The Politics of Institutional Reform: Katrina, Education, and the Second Face of Power. Moe explores the politics and effectiveness of educational reform in the New Orleans public school system in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Moe finds that policy-makers turned to charter schools for pragmatic reasons and students enjoyed dramatic improvements in educational outcomes as a result. Moe uses this experience to draw lessons about political reforms generally and the power of vested interests to preserve the status quo in the absence of catastrophic events like Katrina.

Accelerate Learning to Boost Your Career

HBR IdeaCast | 22 October 2019 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Scott Young about his book Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career. Outlines the principles for fast, focussed learning that he used to teach himself the four-year MIT computer science curriculum in just 12 months.

What Bryan Caplan Thinks About Basically Everything

Venture Stories | 12 September 2019 | 1h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Wide-ranging interview with Bryan Caplan. Starts with the case for open immigration, based on ideas from his book Open Borders. Also discusses UBI; charter cities; his most impactful (and controversial) policy recommendations; populism; Hobbes, Rousseau and Locke; gene editing; population growth; Austrian economics; education; and much more.

Andy Matuschak on Books and Learning

EconTalk | 7 August 2019 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Andy Matuschak about his essay Why Books Don’t Work. Matuschak argues that most books rely on transmissionism, the idea that an author can share an idea in print and the reader will absorb it. And yet after reading a non-fiction book, most readers will struggle to remember any of the ideas in the book. Matuschak argues for a different approach to transmitting ideas via the web including different ways that authors or teachers can test for understanding that will increase the chances of retention and mastery of complex ideas.