Why Are Boys Academically Underperforming?

The Inquiry | 31 December 2020 | 0h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Explores the potential causes (both innate and socially conditioned) behind the worldwide phenomenon of boys trailing girls in their academic performance.

The Problem with Meritocracy – David Goodhart

TRIGGERnometry | 15 November 2020 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Goodhart about his book Head, Hand, Heart: Why Intelligence Is Over-Rewarded, Manual Workers Matter, and Caregivers Deserve More Respect. Argues that expanding higher education and valorising cognitive analytical elites has alienated those working in manual technical work and caring roles.

Elizabeth Laugeson – From Socially Awkward to Socially Outward

Full PreFrontal | 29 October 2020 | 0h 51m | Listen Later
Interview with Elizabeth Laugeson about ideas from her book The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults. Discusses the evidence-based methods she has developed in her UCLA PEERS clinic to help people to learn social skills who have autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, bipolar, or other conditions. Via Alexey Guzey.

Peter Gray on Education as a Biological Phenomenon

This View of Life | 21 October 2019 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter Gray about his book Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life. Applies an evolutionary perspective to education, arguing for child-lead learning on the grounds that children are evolved to learn what they need to know by imitating adults.

Fredrik deBoer on the Cult of Smart

EconTalk | 26 October 2020 | 1h 17m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Fredrik deBoer about his book The Cult of Smart: How Our Broken Education System Perpetuates Social Injustice. DeBoer argues that there is little that can be done to change the distribution of educational outcomes. He argues that educational reforms like charter schools and No Child Left Behind are doomed to failure. DeBoer, a self-described Marxist, suggests that society should remove the privilege of educational advantage.

The Question of Education

a16z | 11 September 2020 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Marc Andreessen and Dylan Field discuss education. Covers the purpose, past and present of education; economics of education (student loans, the debt crisis, government funding, industry cost disease, credentialing and accreditation capture); tradeoffs of hard and soft degrees when it comes to making money and assessing skills objectively; and advice for students.

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.