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Examen-ing Education

Examen-ing Education

By Stephen Carpenter
In this podcast, host Stephen Carpenter attempts to better understand what individuals desire for their own educational journey and that of their children. Stephen hopes to compare and contrast those appreciations and desires with what schools in America actually provide. Can Jesuit Catholic institutions fill the gap? Stephen will try to answer that question...and convince his Jesuit Pedagogy professor that this project is a worthy substitute for a final paper.
#17 Interview with Daniel Nelli
Stephen sat down to speak with Daniel Nelli -- a great thinker, and an even better friend. Daniel is an environmental engineer 9:00 - 5:00, but aside from those work hours, he is a consummate student and lover of life. 
June 21, 2022
#16 On Lending Books
Stephen shares a short essay he wrote to highlight the beauty of lending a book. 
June 08, 2022
#15 Interview with Tripp Griffin
Tripp Griffin has been a role model for Stephen for a long time. Tripp's high school calculus class is enjoyable but rigorous, as most classes should be, and is remembered fondly by past students. This conversation touched on student’s needs inside and outside of the classroom and the benefits of preparing students for opportunities other than four-year universities. Please enjoy Tripp's insight and good humor. Go Greenwave. 
June 08, 2022
#14 College Buddy Jeb
Stephen got to sit and chat with Jacob Burt, an entrepreneur, creative mind, and fellow NC State alum. Jeb is an awesome, interesting guy–he started a marketing company, Burt Media Group, a few years ago, and his work ethic and amiable personality are both electric. Among other things, the two discussed passion, creativity, and project-based-learning. Enjoy. Burt Media Group Jeb's Youtube Epic Humans Youtube
May 26, 2022
#13 Interview with Paul Vander Klay
Paul Vander Klay is a minister in the Christian Reformed Church and pastor of Living Stones CRC in Sacramento California. Pastor Paul has an online presence with which he engages in fantastic conversations regarding faith, meaning, and reason. Stephen enjoyed hearing his wise and optimistic thoughts on outreach, dialogue, and faith in today's world. Pastor Paul's Blog Pastor Paul's Youtube Channel Estuary Website
May 20, 2022
#12 Interview with Jimmy Akin
Jimmy Akin is an apologist, writer, podcaster, and fantastic human being. Stephen was honored to speak with him about education as a vocation, teaching techniques, and the importance of a lifetime of learning. Jimmy's Website Jimmy Akin's Mysterious World
May 19, 2022
#11 Interview with Dr. Ernest Knowles
Dr. Ernest Knowles is a beloved professor at North Carolina State University, where he has been teaching since 1970. His US Navy career and his love for the ocean inspired decades of incredible physical oceanography research, with many of his projects focused on estuarine-ocean dynamics, and finite-depth and shallow-water wave generation and dissipation. Stephen and Dr. Knowles discuss the importance of having a scientific worldview, what makes a good teacher, distance education, and the joys of teaching. Please enjoy listening to this remarkable man.  "Meet Ernie Knowles: Teacher, Veteran and Father" Dr. Knowles' Website
May 15, 2022
#10 Interview with Ed Condon
Ed Condon is a canon lawyer, journalist, and co-founder of The Pillar. Ed does remarkable work, and his thoughts on the state of the Church today are worth noting. His amiable attitude, love for Christ's Church, and respect for truth are characteristics the world needs more of today.  The Pillar
May 10, 2022
#9 Interview with Dr. John Vervaeke
Stephen had the immense pleasure of speaking with Dr. John Vervaeke, professor of cognitive science at the University of Toronto. In this interview, John shares his thoughts regarding the pursuit of meaning (and virtue) and how that adventure has been left out of our classrooms. John is an incredible thinker, one who is doing substantial work in helping us emerge from what he has coined The Meaning Crisis.  Dr. Vervaeke's Patreon Dr. Vervaeke's Twitter Dr. Vervaeke's Youtube
May 10, 2022
#8 Interview with Dr. Stephen Blackwood
Stephen had the incredible honor of conversing with Dr. Stephen Blackwood. Dr. Blackwood has profound interests in the great questions surrounding the human condition. From teaching at incredible universities, to helping start an inner-city peer mentoring program, to working as founding president of Ralston College, Dr. Blackwood has spent his time engaging with others in the deepest sense. Words describing him here would fall short: please listen.  Dr. Blackwood's Website Ralston College Website
May 06, 2022
#7 Interview with Shane Page
Mr. Shane Page, a former Methodist minister and current Director of Evangelization, discusses his thoughts on creating another generation of saints. 
April 21, 2022
#6 Interview with Dr. Audrey Friedman
Stephen speaks with Dr. Audrey Friedman, a long-time educator, about the importance of, and difficulties associated with, Catholic education today. 
April 21, 2022
#5 Interview with Ingrid Bernard
Stephen speaks with his cousin Ingrid about the joys of raising children in the Catholic Faith.  Ingrid's Liturgical Living Website
April 21, 2022
#4 Imaginative Prayer on Palm Sunday
Stephen uses The Donkey, a poem by the great G.K. Chesterton, to anchor his thoughts on the Ignatian practice of imaginative prayer.  The Donkey Lectio Divina Imaginative Prayer
April 10, 2022
#3 Interview with Dr. Ben Jones
Stephen speaks with Dr. J. Ben Jones, an assistant director of bands at Elon University. Ben shared his thoughts on inspiring creativity and cultivating relationships among students. 
March 30, 2022
#2 Interview with Maggie Miles
Stephen interviews his cousin, Maggie Miles. Maggie is a wonderful human being, and many can learn from her wisdom and experiences. 
March 26, 2022
#1 Interview with Sam C.
Stephen sits down with Sam, a high school junior, in order to explore the wants and needs of today's students. 
March 23, 2022
Introduction to Examening Education
Welcome to Examening Education. 
March 17, 2022