David Steindl-Rast says that we have the ability to be joyful even when we’re unhappy.
Welcome to #uneducators! A podcast about the intersection of design, technology, business and – above all – education.
We’ve decided to launch with Episode Minus 20 to take the pressure off us a little. Theoretically, by the time we reach Episode 1, we’ll know what we’re doing!
There’s an audio player at the bottom. When we get to Episode 1 we’ll launch properly on Apple Podcasts and elsewhere.
Full Disclosure: The audio for this episode isn’t as good as we plan (did we mention that we’re learning as we go?).
Adam had a professional microphone, but ironically seemed to end up with the worst audio. Chris used his MacBook Pro’s built in microphone (and didn’t even wear headphones!), yet somehow ended up with better audio.
We have a feeling that Adam’s MacBook Pro fans may have been running at full speed. (That’s the 2016 MBP for you.)
We warm up by unraveling a little of the background to #uneducators, exploring:
why we’re podcasting;
why we decided to start with Episode Minus 20; and
how we got into this situation.
We also ask the delicate question: Was Chris Adam’s first choice for a co-host?!
Adam doesn’t do Twitter, so Chris gets the task of signing up for a new Twitter account – @uneducators – live. If you’re thinking of setting up a Twitter account, why not follow along?
We then move onto the main topic of conversation a series of tweets from David Perell Chris sent to Adam entitled Education is broken:
The initial tweet (which is a thread) is here
Sir David Attenborough
Sir Tim Berners-Lee
The related links
IMAGES HERE will go into the chapter markers ASAP
Fantastical screen shot
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Watch Max Richter play at the Tiny Desk.
Half way through this performance of Max Richter’s achingly beautiful On The Nature Of Daylight, I looked around our NPR Music office and saw trembling chins and tearful eyes. Rarely have I seen so many Tiny Desk audience members moved in this way. There’s something about Max Richter’s music that triggers deep emotions.
In Daylight, which has been effectively used in movies such as Arrival and Shutter Island, a simple theme rolls out slowly in the low strings until a violin enters with a complimentary melody in a higher register. Richter, at the keyboard, adds a subterranean bass line for added gravitas, while high above another violin soars sweetly, mournfully. With all elements interlocked – and sensitively played by members of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble – the piece gently sways, building in intensity. It all adds up to a six-minute emotional journey that, if you open yourself to the sounds, can leave you wrung out.
"I’m very interested in the idea of a piece of music being a place to think," Richter explained, adding that he had written Daylight as a response to the 2003 Iraq War.
What does ‘Decolonise the Curriculum’ mean to you? Pran Patel looks at the school curriculum in the UK. He utilises his personal experience of education in the UK as a pupil, teacher and secondary school senior leader.
He asks questions such as what is the future of curriculum development in the UK? Why is my curriculum white? What is the impact of an ethnocentric curriculum? Will school leave some pupils feeling inferior? More importantly, will school leave the majority of pupils (white) in the UK with a sense of superiority? Pran Patel is a warm, friendly, passionate educator, with 15 years’ experience in schools in various London boroughs, as well as the West Midlands, most recently as a secondary assistant principal.
He believes integrity is essential and lives by the saying ‘The right thing to do is always the right to do, regardless of the consequences’.
He champions diversity, advocates positive mental health and challenges the system, for instance, he willingly risked his future employment prospects by being interviewed for the Buzzfeed article ‘Black teachers are leaving the profession due to racism’.
Pran also announced on BBC Inside Out that he suffers from bouts of anxiety, depression and sleeplessness and that current workload issues have compounded them. This talk was given at a TEDx…
Anil talks with Dr. Lauren Michelle Jackson and Kenyatta Cheese about online persona’s and how algorithmic choices reflect systemic bias.
Hoopla, Ballyhoo, and more…
Microcast #086 — Strategies for dealing with surveillance capitalism | Doug Belshaw’s Thought Shrapnel
Responding to a provocation by Stephen Haggard.
Nihaya Jaber is a PhD student at the University of Glasgow. She is Palestinian, from Gaza. In this podcast, she talks about life in one of the most populated refugee camps in Gaza, how she experienced reverse culture shock and refugee anger.
An interview with Scottish Teacher of the Year, Chris Smith, about injecting fun into lessons, making good resources, Pi Day, Revision Days and much more!
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