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By Tom Liam Lynch
Education totally gets shafted. Bloggers and news media sensationalize it. Politicians use it as campaign fuel. Insta teachers stream cute pics of classroom decor and coffee mugs. But that's not close to what education is all about. Worse, it can distract us from the complexities of the way children, parents, teachers, and communities experience learning in America. On Teach FM, education professor Tom Liam Lynch offers unfiltered insight on all things teaching, learning, and education.
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Episode 3: Harry Potter, Dolores Umbridge, and Real-World Learning
In this episode, Tom breaks down a clip from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in which Harry gives lip to one of his teachers: Dolores Umbridge. It says a great deal about the role of standards, curriculum, testing, and the challenges of real-world learning. Want more? Check these how education as portrayed in: Plato’s Republic // Dickens' Hard Times // Dangerous Minds // Harry Potter And plenty more over at Gradgrind’s. 
17:12
February 17, 2019
Episode 2: Why and how does New York State evaluate the quality of public education?
In this episode, Tom puts the brakes on teachers’ desires to impact the life of that “one student” and suggests a strangely sensible 12% rule for statewide accountability schemas.  Want more? Check these out over on Gradgrind’s:  // States of Education // Governor Cuomo on Education Reform // Commissioner John King on Common Core  Still reading? Cool. Share the podcast with friends and tell Tom what you think. He's all ears. 
15:45
February 6, 2019
Episode 1: What the Heck Just Happened With New York Schools?
On January 17th 2019, stated education officials changed the way the evaluate public schools. It isn't what they are saying that has people talking. It's what they aren't saying. Listen to Tom break down what appears to be going on, give a little context, and then offer free advice to state officials on how to move forward.  Want more? Check these out:  // The Curious Case of New York State Accountability Changes // Howard Gardner on the Limits of Assessments // And more over on Gradgrind's Still reading? Cool. Share the podcast with friends and tell Tom what you think. He's all ears. 
11:14
January 29, 2019
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