Reinventing School - EPISODE 2

Our second episode for any time / anywhere viewing is now available both here and on YouTube. The audio podcasts will follow very soon--we are completing production on both of them this week. Over the next few weeks, we will settle into a regular schedule: new episodes live 4:00 pm Thursdays US-EDT, on-demand versions of each new episode early the following week, along with the podcasts. For more specific information about days, dates, episodes, and important ideas we discover along the way, www.reinventing.school remains the best place for current information.

The topic for the second episode is: "Paying for School: Today & Tomorrow." I thought we would be discussing school and school district budgets. The conversation grew into a much larger conception of how societies succeed and fail. The core: their investment in education. This is the reason for the ascendency of, for example, South Korea and Finland. Sadly, the United States seems to be moving in the opposite direction (please consider this difficult reality when your state, province, or local district decides to cut budgets and lay off teachers and support staff).

Once again, our guests for this episode:

  • Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris
  • Donna Cooper is the Executive Director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), the Greater Philadelphia region’s leading child advocacy organization that influences elected officials by combining useful research, practical solution-oriented policy recommendations with the mobilization of citizens who advance the organization’s work on behalf of children.
  • Dr. Lisa D. Cook is a Professor in the Department of Economics and at James Madison College at Michigan State University. As a Marshall Scholar, she received a second B.A. from Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Dr. Cook earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Among her current research interests are economic growth and development, financial institutions and markets, innovation, and economic history.
  • Nik, an eighth-grader from Weston-super-Mer in England
  • Maya and Noah, brother and sister from Mississaugua, outside Toronto, Canada

Be safe, stay healthy, maintain distance, and make the best of the new realities.

HB

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Before the virus, more than a billion children and teenagers relied upon school for learning. After the virus (or, after the current wave of our current virus), basic assumptions about school and education are no longer reliable. School buildings may become unsafe for large numbers of students. The tax base may no longer support our current approach to school. Without the interaction provided by a formal school structure, students may follow their own curiosity. Many students now possess the technology to learn on their own. And many do not.

Reinventing.school is a new weekly web television series that considers what happens next week, next month, next school year, and the next five years. Hosted by University of Pennsylvania Senior Scholar Howard Blumenthal, Reinventing.school features interviews with teachers, principals, school district leadership, state and Federal government officials, ed-tech innovators, students, leading education professors, authors, realists and futurists from the United States and all over the world.

Each episode features 2-4 distinguished guests in conversation about high priority topics including, for example, the teaching of public health, long-term home schooling, technology access and its alternatives, the role of parents, friendship and social interaction, learning outside the curriculum, the future of testing and evaluation, interruption as part of the academic calendar, job security for teachers and support staff, setting (and rethinking) curriculum priorities, special needs, student perspectives on the job of school, the importance of play, the psychology of group dynamics and social interaction, preparing for future rounds of a virus (or cyberattack or impact of climate change, etc.), college readiness, higher education transformed, the higher education promise in an economically challenged world, and more. Clearly, there is much to discuss; nearly all of it ranks high on the list of priorities for raising the world’s children.