Restoring The Promise of Higher Education with Richard Vedder

Venture Stories | 25 April 2021 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Richard Vedder about his book Restoring The Promise: Higher Education in America. Discusses the origins of the myth that higher education is the key to career success; the unintended consequences of student loans, including the fact that colleges raised tuition dramatically in response to the increase in borrowing; government regulation that impacted higher education and why the GI Bill led to an explosion in the number of universities; where he agrees and disagrees with Bryan Caplan and Peter Thiel; the history and evolution of colleges in the US; why colleges have been so resilient; and what he would do if he was starting a new university from scratch today.

Max Kenner on Crime, Education, and the Bard Prison Initiative

EconTalk | 29 March 2021 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Max Kenner, the founder and executive director of the Bard Prison Initiative, which was profiled in a four-part PBS documentary, College Behind Bars. Discusses the program, which replicates the coursework of students at Bard College to offer college degrees to prisoners. Kenner talks about the origins of the program, what students experience, and the injustice he sees in both the criminal justice system and the educational system in the United States.

Scott Barry Kaufman: What Type of Smart Are You?

Yang Speaks | 8 March 2021 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Scott Barry Kaufman, the author of Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization. Discusses his journey from a special education program, how schools reward behavioural conformity and specific intelligence traits, his “Dual-Process of Human Intelligence”, creativity research, and redefining Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

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.