Freakonomics Radio | 9 May 2019 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
The cost of a university has skyrocketed, creating a debt burden that’s a drag on the economy. A possible solution is to shift the risk of debt away from students and onto investors looking for a cut of the graduates’ earning power. Explores university education, how to fund it, and politics more generally with Mitch Daniels, the President of Purdue University.
Context with Brad Harris | 2 May 2019 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses the ideas in Allan Bloom’s Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students. Published in 1987, the book sold millions of copies and instigated a battle over the soul of the American University that’s been raging ever since. Bloom decried what he saw as a morally and intellectually crippling relativism and argued that the goal of education is not to become open to all ideas, but to cultivate the search for the best ideas.
Invest Like the Best | 12 March 2019 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Mayer of Bottomless, a startup that uses scales to ship coffee as you need it. Insights on education, learning, social media, personal productivity, technology, business and strategy. Interesting throughout.
Analysis | 28 October 2012 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with E.D. Hirsch who advocates a school curriculum strongly grounded in facts and knowledge. He believes that there are specific ideas, works of literature and scientific concepts which everyone should know so that they can be active participants in society. Discusses with the former English schools minister, Nick Gibb, the reasons for embracing Hirsch’s ideas and how they could counteract what he describes as a prevailing left-wing ideology among teachers.
MetaLearn | 10 October 2018 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Uri Bram, author of Thinking Statistically, and CTO of Umuzi, an educational organisation that supports talented young South Africans to develop the skills needed to access high-value careers. Umuzi teaches a range of digital skills, including coding, copywriting and design, using real-life projects to make the experience as practical as possible. Deep insights throughout on learning and education.
Educate | 10 September 2018 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Scientific research has demonstrated that phonics is critical to teaching children how to read. But many educators don’t know the science and, in some cases, actively resist it. As a result, millions of kids are being set up to fail.
EconTalk | 12 February 2018 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Bryan Caplan on The Case Against Education. Argues that very little learning takes place at university and that very little of the return comes from skills or knowledge acquired in the classroom. Caplan marshals the evidence to support his claims, finding that just 11% of the economic gains from education are due to the training received; 45% from the greater ability of the students who go to university; and 44% is pure signalling – from being credentialed.
Startup Podcast | 16 November 2018 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Part 2 of a series about Eva Moskowitz and Success Academy, the highest performing, but most controversial charter school network in New York City. Tells the story of what got Moskowitz interested in education, her battles to improve public education before founding Success Academy, and the early struggles as she opened her first schools.