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A weekly podcast about the future of learning and the intersection of technology and education. Join host Jeff Young and other EdSurge reporters as they sit down with educators, tech innovators and scholars for frank and in-depth conversations.

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A weekly podcast about the future of learning and the intersection of technology and education. Join host Jeff Young and other EdSurge reporters as they sit down with educators, tech innovators and scholars for frank and in-depth conversations.

    How Stretching to Pay for College Is Altering Middle Class Life

    How Stretching to Pay for College Is Altering Middle Class Life

    In an usual study on student debt, NYU anthropologist Caitlin Zaloom sat down with more than 160 people—students and parents—and got them to open up their financial books and talk about the toll of paying for college. We talked with Zaloom about what surprised her most from her research, what she thinks should be done, and how she has changed her thinking about saving for college for her own young children.

    • 25 min
    Can Teaching 'Hope' Revive Democracy?

    Can Teaching 'Hope' Revive Democracy?

    A new book argues that hope is something that can be taught, and that it is the key to countering today's heightened polarization and cynicism. We sat down with the author, Sarah Stitzlein, a professor of education at the University of Cincinnati, to hear how her own attempts to teach hope have made an impact, and her advice on how to approach the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

    • 22 min
    When a Homecoming Video Raises Questions About Campus Diversity

    When a Homecoming Video Raises Questions About Campus Diversity

    A two-minute video made by students at the University of Wisconsin at Madison was meant to promote school spirit and campus unity during homecoming festivities a couple months ago. But some students had a very different reaction as they watched scene after scene of students working and playing around campus, where almost every one of the students shown was white. It's a telling example of issues going on around the country when it comes diversity on campuses—and the struggle to create a climate where diverse populations feel at home on campuses.

    • 22 min
    Encore Episode: How Far Parents Will Go to Save on College

    Encore Episode: How Far Parents Will Go to Save on College

    Parents are giving up custody of their kids to get need-based college financial aid. That was a headline in August in ProPublica Illinois, and it got people talking once again about the madness around college admissions. In comments on the ProPublica article and in other online forums, though, plenty of people chimed in expressing sympathy for these Chicago-area parents, calling their move a clever solution to an overwhelming challenge facing their children. To these commenters, the real problem is the high cost of college and what they see as unfair rules around how much parents are expected to contribute.

    • 16 min
    Teaching Students How to Live a Good Life

    Teaching Students How to Live a Good Life

    When people think of education, they often picture content knowledge in subjects like reading, writing or arithmetic. But there’s a growing interest in bigger questions—like whether schools, colleges or job-training programs teach the social and emotional skills people need to make it in today’s complex world. For our final podcast of the year, we get philosophical, looking at ideas of what a good life looks like.

    • 16 min
    Why Music Education Is More Than Learning How to Play

    Why Music Education Is More Than Learning How to Play

    If you were fortunate enough to have music education in school, what were those classes like? Musicians and music educators alike say that learning music is so much more than just playing an instrument, or learning about your favorite artists. It’s a window into other disciplines and life skills, and teaches you how to learn and get along.

    • 17 min

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