43 episodes

Dr. Steven Bourgeois and Mr. Ross Miller lead an informal discussion between a current and a former teacher on topics that challenge "best practices" in contemporary education. In keeping with Neil Postman (1979), we support the conserving function of education: “Its aim at all times is to make visible the prevailing biases of a culture and then, by employing whatever philosophies of education are available, to oppose them.”

The Old School Dr. Steven Bourgeois and Mr. Ross Miller

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Dr. Steven Bourgeois and Mr. Ross Miller lead an informal discussion between a current and a former teacher on topics that challenge "best practices" in contemporary education. In keeping with Neil Postman (1979), we support the conserving function of education: “Its aim at all times is to make visible the prevailing biases of a culture and then, by employing whatever philosophies of education are available, to oppose them.”

    Episode 43: On Student Exchanges

    Episode 43: On Student Exchanges

    Dr. Bourgeois and Mr. Miller reflect on previous student exchange programs, highlighting the benefits and challenges.

    Musical credit:
    "Everything Happens to Me"
    Steven Bourgeois (piano) and Jim Bourgeois (electric piano)
    From Thinking of You
    ©2017 All rights reserved

    • 48 min
    Episode 42 On Tutoring and Videos for Advanced Placement Tests

    Episode 42 On Tutoring and Videos for Advanced Placement Tests

    Mr. Miller and Dr. Bourgeois examine for Advanced Placement (AP)exams, including 3rd party tutoring videos.

    Musical credit:
    "Exit"

    Steven Bourgeois
    From Out of the Darkness
    ©2004 All rights reserved

    • 39 min
    Episode 41: Preliminary Thoughts on the End of the School Year

    Episode 41: Preliminary Thoughts on the End of the School Year

    Dr. Bourgeois and Mr. Miller make preliminary comments on how school years eventually end.

    Musical credit:
    "Thinking of Your"


    Steven Bourgeois (piano) and Jim Bourgeois (electric piano)
    From Thinking of You
    ©2017 All rights reserved

    • 35 min
    Episode 40: On Teaching Foreign Languages

    Episode 40: On Teaching Foreign Languages

    Dr. Bourgeois and Mr. Miller discuss methods for teaching foreign language.

    Musical credit:
    "Dancing on the Edge"

    Steven Bourgeois
    From Presence (2005)
    ©2017 All rights reserved

    • 42 min
    Episode 39: On the Great Retirement

    Episode 39: On the Great Retirement

    Mr. Miller and Dr. Bourgeois take a new perspective on what has been termed "the great retirement" of teachers in recent years. They examine teacher autonomy as a factor that may supersede issues relating to instructional technology and current events.

    Musical credit:
    "It Never Entered My Mind"

    Steven Bourgeois (piano) and Jim Bourgeois (electric piano)
    From Thinking of You
    ©2017 All rights reserved

    • 44 min
    Episode 38: On Perceptions of the Teaching Profession

    Episode 38: On Perceptions of the Teaching Profession

    Mr. Miller and Dr. Bourgeois discuss perceptions the teaching profession and the status of teachers in the United States.

    Musical credit:
    "Rock Myself"
    Steven Bourgeois
    From Presence (2005)
    ©All rights reserved

    • 42 min

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