“Equality and Dialogue in American High Schools” with Nel Noddings

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Episode 76

Originally broadcast: February 8, 2015

If you believe the news, you would think that American children are stupid and that schools only make them worse. Is this true? And, more importantly, what should learning look like? Do we continue to teach a specialized and standardized program or can we find a more integrated way to teach students about home and family, their future occupation, and civic life, all at the same time? On this episode of Why?, we discuss the future of education and what High Schools can do to education the whole person.

Nel Noddings is Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University. She is also a past president of the National Academy of Education, the Philosophy of Education Society, and the John Dewey Society. Her most recent book is Education and Democracy in the 21st Century. She has written numerous others, including: Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education, Women and Evil, The Challenge to Care in Schools, Educating for Intelligent Belief or Unbelief, and Philosophy of Education, and more than 200 articles and book chapters on various topics ranging from the ethics of care to mathematical problem solving.

A transcript of the episode’s monologue, can be found here, at PQED.org, Why? Radio’s blog.

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