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11 EpisodesProduced by Tom Liam Lynch

Education doesn't get talked about the way it should. Bloggers and news media sensationalize it. Politicians use it as campaign fuel. Insta teachers stream cute pics of classroom decor and coffee mugs. But that's not close to what education is all about. Worse, it can distract us from the complexiti… read more

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Episode 9: What the College Admissions Scandal Teaches Us About Equity and Education

April 8th, 2019


In this episode, Tom examines what the recent college admissions scandal reveals about equity and education more broadly in the United States. From …

Episode 8: You Can Test for Exceptionalism or Equity, but Not Both

April 1st, 2019


In this episode, Tom offers his take on the challenge of high-stakes testing. At its core, Tom suggests that high-stakes testing in its current form brings to light a core tension in American public education, two …

Episode 7: No Child to the Top

March 25th, 2019


In this episode, Tom offers a brief overview of how No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top dramatically altered the direction of public education reform in the United States. They are not as different as you think. 

Episode 6: All the Presidents' Students (How Presidents Frame Public Education)

March 18th, 2019


In this episode, Tom looks at how U.S. presidents have talked about education. From the 18th century to today, Tom breaks down the main kinds of stances presidents take and offers his insights on why education is so …

Interlude: On Becoming a Teacher, a Rainy Walk to the Subway

March 15th, 2019


Join Tom on a rainy walk to the subway as he shares his damp advice with an undergraduate student who is becoming a teacher. Wanting to teach in the neighborhood she grew up in, she asked Tom what advice he has for new …

Interlude: Tips on Assessment While Walking Down 161st Street in the Bronx

March 11th, 2019


Join Tom as he walks from the subway to a school in the Bronx where he's working with teachers on their assessments.  No music intro, no studio. Just …

Episode 5: Schools are Stuck in the 19th Century--But Not in the Way You Think

March 4th, 2019


In this episode, Tom explores what it really means for schools to be “stuck in the 19th century,” as conventional wisdom often suggests. The problem …

Episode 4: This One Fact Will Change the Way You Think About Public Education

February 24th, 2019


In this episode, Tom shares what he calls the single most important fact about public education that most people don’t know and if they did, it would …

Episode 3: Harry Potter, Dolores Umbridge, and Real-World Learning

February 17th, 2019


In this episode, Tom breaks down a clip from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in which Harry gives lip to one of his teachers: Dolores …

Episode 2: Why and how does New York State evaluate the quality of public education?

February 6th, 2019


In this episode, Tom puts the brakes on teachers’ desires to impact the life of that “one student” and suggests a strangely sensible 12% rule for …

Episode 1: What the Heck Just Happened With New York Schools?

January 29th, 2019


On January 17th 2019, stated education officials changed the way the evaluate public schools. It isn't what they are saying that has people talking. …

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