WonkyFolk Vol 7 – Learning From a Place That is Not a Hot Steaming Mess

Greetings, CharterFolk!

This week, Andy and I are talking about traveling and the fun of summer, our two mystery guests for the next WonkyFolk, and finding educational common ground via the juxtaposition of partisan politics and genuine educational accomplishments in Virginia.

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

This week some of the topics we discuss include the following:

  • The gentrification of college athletics (00.00.25)
  • Traveling, family and summer fun before becoming empty nesters (00.01.30)
  • Two amazing mystery guests, who specialize in educational politics, advocacy, parent organizing and empowerment, and will join us during our next WonkyFolk podcast (00.09.23)
  • Setting the stage for states, like VA, putting the interest of the Commonwealth and the kids of the Commonwealth before political expediency in adopting new K-12 history and social studies standards (00.14.17)
  • The education factor in Virginia elections (00.16.00)
  • School choice and the lack of robust parent groups in Virginia (00.20.23)
  • The political calculus to be made by rural Republicans in various states (00.22.20)
  • The juxtaposition of the two parties on school choice and reproductive choice (00.24.10)
  • Education, culture wars, and universal vouchers (00.28.00)
  • The existential crisis for public school supporters (00.30.22)
  • The juxtapositions of two articles focused on Mom’s for Liberty (00.36.03)


You can use the following links to access

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!