Jeremy Rossman on Make School and Education

Y Combinator | 19 June 2019 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jeremy Rossman, the co-founder of Make School, a college for computer science headquartered in San Francisco. Make School students don’t pay until they have a job after graduation. Insights on education, income sharing agreements and aligning the incentives for universities and students.

Puzzle Rush

Revisionist History | 20 June 2019 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
The fourth season of Revisionist History starts with Malcolm Gladwell questioning the merits of examinations that deliberately rush the student. It turns out that ranking by ability is a function of how much thinking is rushed.

How to Fix Student-Loan Debt

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.

The Closing of the American Mind, by Allan Bloom

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.

Michael Mayer – Pseudonymous Social Capital and Bottomless Coffee

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.

The School of Hard Facts

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.

Uri Bram on Learning and Project-Based Education

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.

Hard Words: Why Aren’t Our Kids Being Taught to Read?

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.