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For more than 15 years, the Fordham Institute has been hosting a weekly podcast, The Education Gadfly Show. Each week, you’ll get lively, entertaining discussions of recent education news, usually featuring Fordham’s Mike Petrilli and David Griffith. Then the wise Amber Northern will recap a recent research study. For questions or comments on the podcast, contact its producer, Pedro Enamorado, at penamorad@fordhaminstitute.org.

The Education Gadfly Show Thomas B. Fordham Institute

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    • 4.5 • 37 Ratings

For more than 15 years, the Fordham Institute has been hosting a weekly podcast, The Education Gadfly Show. Each week, you’ll get lively, entertaining discussions of recent education news, usually featuring Fordham’s Mike Petrilli and David Griffith. Then the wise Amber Northern will recap a recent research study. For questions or comments on the podcast, contact its producer, Pedro Enamorado, at penamorad@fordhaminstitute.org.

    #803: John Bailey on Omicron and schools - 1/20/2022

    #803: John Bailey on Omicron and schools - 1/20/2022

    On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, John Bailey, nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss Omicron’s impact on schools and whether the virus will soon be endemic. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines a study about the most in-demand college majors. 

    Recommended content:
    John Bailey’s daily Covid-19 policy updates on Substack and his March 2021 review of public health research on schools for AEI, “Is it safe to reopen schools? An extensive review of the research.”The study that Amber reviewed on the Research Minute: Steven W. Hemelt et. al., “College Majors and Skills: Evidence from the Universe of Online Jobs Ads,” NBER Working Paper #29605 (December 2021).Feedback welcome!
    Have ideas or feedback on our podcast? Send them to our podcast producer Pedro Enamorado at penamorado@fordhaminstitute.org.

    • 26 min
    #802: Erica Green on the pandemic’s impact on high school students - 1/12/2022

    #802: Erica Green on the pandemic’s impact on high school students - 1/12/2022

    On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast (listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify), Erica Green, national education reporter at the New York Times, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss schools’ struggle to support teens’ mental health and respond to increasing misbehavior. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines a study on whether improving access to dual-enrollment courses raises participation.
    Recommended content:
    Erica Green’s New York Times piece about students at Liberty High: “The Students Returned, but the Fallout From a Long Disruption Remained”Mike Petrilli’s thoughts on the federal response to this issue in The Dispatch: “Now Is Not the Time to Meddle in School Disciplinary Policy”Fordham’s 2019 teacher survey on discipline policies: Discipline Reform through the Eyes of TeachersThe study that Amber reviewed on the Research Minute: Steven W. Hemelt and Tom Swiderski, “College Comes to High School: Participation and Performance in Tennessee’s Innovative Wave of Dual-Credit Courses,” Center for Education Policy Analysis (November 2021).Feedback welcome!
    Have ideas or feedback on our podcast? Send them to our podcast producer Pedro Enamorado at penamorado@fordhaminstitute.org.

    • 25 min
    #801: Grumpy New Year with Checker Finn - 1/5/22

    #801: Grumpy New Year with Checker Finn - 1/5/22

    On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast (listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify), Checker Finn, Fordham’s senior fellow and president emeritus, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss the big education issues of the past year and look ahead to 2022. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines a study showing that Black and Hispanic students are less likely to major in lucrative fields.
    Feedback welcome!
    Have ideas or feedback on our podcast? Send them to our podcast producer Pedro Enamorado at penamorado@fordhaminstitute.org.

    • 29 min
    #800: Why we need virtue education in our classrooms - 12/21/2021

    #800: Why we need virtue education in our classrooms - 12/21/2021

    On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Jennifer Frey, associate professor at the University of South Carolina and a regular guest writer for Fordham’s Flypaper blog, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss why and how we should incorporate virtue education in classrooms. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber Northern runs down the best education research of 2021. 
    You can find this and every episode on all major podcast platforms, as well as share it with friends.
    Recommended content:
    Jennifer’s ongoing Flypaper blog post series on virtue education: “Reconnecting knowledge and virtue”“What is virtue and why does it matter?”“Teaching gratitude beyond Thanksgiving”“Civility, democracy, and education”Amber’s list of the top six studies she reviewed this past year on the Research Minute.Feedback welcome!
    Have ideas or feedback on our podcast? Send them to our podcast producer Pedro Enamorado at penamorado@fordhaminstitute.org.

    • 34 min
    #799: Build Back Better’s big impact on pre-k and child care - 12/15/21

    #799: Build Back Better’s big impact on pre-k and child care - 12/15/21

    On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Elliot Regenstein, partner at Foresight Law + Policy and former member of Illinois’s Early Childhood Funding Commission, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss how the Build Back Better plan would affect pre-k and child care. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber Northern covers a study that examines why students of color benefit from having teachers of the same race and ethnicity.

    Amber's Research Minute:
    David Blazar, “Teachers of Color, Culturally Responsive Teaching, and Student Outcomes: Experimental Evidence from the Random Assignment of Teachers to Classes,” Annenberg Institute at Brown University (December 2021).
    Feedback welcome!
    Have ideas or feedback on our podcast? Send them to our podcast producer Pedro Enamorado at penamorado@fordhaminstitute.org.

    • 30 min
    #798: Which metro areas are accelerating student learning? - 12/08/21

    #798: Which metro areas are accelerating student learning? - 12/08/21

    On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Adam Tyner, Fordham’s Associate Director of Research, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss our new analysis, America’s Best and Worst Metro Areas for School Quality, some of which may surprise you. And on the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines the effectiveness of efforts to diversify the teacher workforce.
    Recommended content:
    Fordham’s new report at metro.fordhaminstitute.org.More of our work on metro areas:What You Make Depends on Where You Live: College Earnings Across States and Metropolitan Areas.How Aligned is Career and Technical Education to Local Labor Markets?The study that Amber reviewed on the Research Minute: Dan Goldhaber and Etai Mizrav, “The Prospective Teacher Pipeline: Simulation Evidence on Levers to Influence Teacher Diversity,” CALDER Working Papers (December 2021).Feedback welcome!
    Have ideas or feedback on our podcast? Send them to our podcast producer Pedro Enamorado at penamorado@fordhaminstitute.org.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Arlie K ,

Informative and enteraining!

A super interesting look at educational policy in an easy to consume package! The Education Gadfly Show features fascinating guests and great conversation. It's a must listen!

Pedroalen ,

Witty and engaging!

Big fan of their guests and the topics they cover. They're great at getting many perspectives.

Charliejrz ,

Well-informed and fun policy and politics

Even if you don’t agree with many of Education Gadfly’s positions - I’m at best mixed on that score - this is a reliably well-informed, fun, and witty discussion of the most pressing policy and political issues in education. Should be on your subscription short list.

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