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Thinking better about ethical questions in education. We also make episode study guides to use in your sociology, education, and philosophy classes.

Produced by the Center for Ethics and Education in WCER at UW-Madison with funding from the Spencer Foundation.

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Thinking better about ethical questions in education. We also make episode study guides to use in your sociology, education, and philosophy classes.

Produced by the Center for Ethics and Education in WCER at UW-Madison with funding from the Spencer Foundation.

    The True Costs of College

    The True Costs of College

    The true costs of college go way beyond simple frugality. The costs are serious, and they are often overlooked by universities. 

    Hosted by UW-Madison grad Natnael Shiferaw, this episode features a conversation with ethnographers Nancy Kendall and Matthew Wolfgram, two of the authors of the 2020 book, "The True Costs of College."

    This is part of our series on higher education.

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    Conversation recorded remotely June 2021.

    Music is "Wind It Up" by Ketsa from the Free Music Archive. Used under a creative commons license.


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    • 42 min
    The Ethics of College Admissions

    The Ethics of College Admissions

    Jon Boeckenstedt is the Vice Provost of Enrollment Management at Oregon State University. He has thoughts about how we do--and should do--admissions. Here he is in conversation with philosopher of education Harry Brighouse. 


    What is "enrollment management"?
    Is the admissions office more like Space Mountain or Studio 54?
    What information does an admissions officer actually get from an ACT/SAT score?
    What difference might going test-optional make?
    What will enrollment patterns look like in five years?
    What's so annoying about the US News rankings?
    What should more faculty knew about students?

    and more.

    To learn more about Jon's work:


    Jon Boeckenstedt's Admissions Weblog
    Higher Ed Data Stories

    This is part of our series on higher education.

    Transcript

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    Conversation recorded remotely July 2021.

    Music is "Aced It" by Ketsa from the Free Music Archive. Used under a creative commons license. 


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    • 52 min
    The Right to Higher Education

    The Right to Higher Education

    Do we have a right to higher education? A conversation between philosophers of education Harry Brighouse and Christopher Martin. 


    What is the point of higher education?
    Why is there a right to higher education?
    Should education be compulsory after 18?
    Should tuition be free?
    Plus: civic education, elite institutions, selection theatrics, and armchair sociology 

    This is part of our series on the ethics of higher education.

    Further reading:


    The Right to Higher Education: A Political Theory by Christopher Martin
    Reflections on the Transition from Elite to Mass to Universal Access: Forms and Phases of Higher Education in Modern Societies since WWII by Martin Trow

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    Recorded remotely in July 2021.

    Music is "We Know" by Ketsa from the Free Music Archive, used under a creative commons license. 


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    • 45 min
    What Should the Aims of Higher Education Be?

    What Should the Aims of Higher Education Be?

    What should the aims of higher education be? We asked undergrads, grad students, and philosophy professors what they think.

    This is the first episode in our series on the ethics of higher education.

    Special to UW-Madison philosophy majors Ria Dhingra and Anna Nelson, who collected responses from the 2022 NAAPE Conference (North American Association for Philosophy & Education) and with a few of their friends. And gratitude to everyone they talked to who shared their thoughts.

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    Music is "Dream Teachers" by Ketsa, used under a creative commons license.

    Recorded in October 2022.


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    • 10 min
    The Ethics of Teacher Strikes

    The Ethics of Teacher Strikes

    At the Center for Ethics & Education, we (obviously) think a lot about the ethical dimensions of teaching. But what about the ethical dimensions of *not* teaching? 

    We invited labor scholar Eleni Schirmer into conversation with philosopher Tony Laden to talk about what makes successful teacher strikes successful, strikes as direct action, what the bargaining process does to trust, and a great chicken analogy. 

    Transcript

    Recorded remotely September 2021. Music is Wavy Glass by Ketsa, used under a creative commons license.


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    • 42 min
    Love and Teaching

    Love and Teaching

    Why is it weird to talk about loving your students? A great conversation about love and teaching. Featuring philosopher Meghan Sullivan in conversation with Maria Salazar about what it means to bring love into the classroom and why more philosophers should study love.

    Transcript

    The Good Life Method book: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/624476/the-good-life-method-by-meghan-sullivan-and-paul-blaschko/


    Conversation recorded remotely on December 15, 2021.

    Music is Hip Hop Instrumental 2 by Ketsa from the Free Music Archive. Used under a creative commons license.






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    • 53 min

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