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.

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.