WonkyFolk Vol 14 – Jed and Andy Tackle the Hairiest Education Problems

Greetings, CharterFolk!

This week, Andy and I are talking about the furries, a fiscal cliff, higher education, and trade schools.

Here is a link to the podcast. And for those of you who would prefer a video recording, we provide a link to YouTube as well. 

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This week some of the topics include:

  • Welcome (00.01)
  • There is a bill in the Oklahoma legislature for animal control to pick up students dressed as furries and take them home from school (1:40)
  • The K-12 educational fiscal cliff we are now approaching (13:41)
  • The absurdity of charter schools being presented as fiscally non-transparent (18:44)
  • The potential effect of new universal vouchers and private schools on charters (22.24)
  • Is confidence in higher education evaporating before our eyes? (27:16)
  • The hypocrisy of free speech on campus (36:33)
  • Less time in class, higher grade point averages, less competent graduates, and alternate ways to assess performance at the individual and aggregate levels (37:40)
  • If you get rid of objective measures, which are useful tools for addressing equity and social mobility, some form of aristocracy occurs and then the affluent can “pay to play” (41:03)
  • The pernicious history of selective admissions and attendance boundaries, which prevent students from going to more academically rigorous schools (47:12)
  • Trade schools and programs versus colleges and degrees versus TikTok (55:18)

Show Notes:

Previous volumes of WonkyFolk can be accessed here.

WonkyFolk is a discussion series between Andy Rotherham and Jed Wallace intended to provide an informative and engaging forum where education reformers can grapple with tough issues related to our shared quest to improve public education in our country.

If you have ideas for WonkyFolk discussion topics, please email me!