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Two really good podcasts on education by the weel respected behavioral-economics guys at Freakonomics. No politics, just fascinating looks at real problems and real solutions and how to think about education.



Is America’s Education Problem Really Just a Teacher Problem?
http://freakonomics.com/2014/11/27/is-americas-education-pro...

We’ve all heard the depressing numbers: when compared to kids from other rich countries, U.S. students aren’t doing very well, especially in math, even though we spend more money per student than most other countries. So is the problem here as simple as adding two plus two? Is the problem here that our students aren’t getting very bright simply because … our teachers aren’t very bright?
That’s the question we ask in our latest Freakonomics Radio episode. It’s called “Is America’s Education Problem Really Just a Teacher Problem?” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above. You can also read the transcript, which includes credits for the music you’ll hear in the episode.)

How to Fix a Broken High Schooler, in Four Easy Steps:

http://freakonomics.com/2014/12/04/how-to-fix-a-broken-high-...

Our previous episode — “Is America’s Education Problem Really Just a Teacher Problem?” — looked at the role of teacher skill in the education equation. But the education equation isn’t so simple — there are a lot of inputs, a lot of variables, a lot of question marks. Our conclusion: sure, it would be great to have a brilliant teacher in every classroom — but that still doesn’t guarantee that every student will be well-educated. Students have to want it; families have to want it. What is a teacher and a school system supposed to do if a lot of its students just don’t really care about school?




everything here
http://freakonomics.com/category/freakonomics-radio/podcasts...

or get them on iTunes etc. I highly recommend listening to every one, they are awesome.
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