Andrew and Thomas discuss the role that race is playing in the 2012 election and question whether party platforms really matter.
Thomas and Andrew are back discussing GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential running mate and whether it was a good choice politically. Things are starting to heat up.
Merianna asks teachers to reflect on Common Core Standards and ask themselves, “Do these fit my personality as a teacher?” Although she agrees that Common Core is coming and can’t be ignored, she is asking teachers to recenter and wonder whether their classroom is about Common Core or about their students.
About 15 and change
The inaugural episode of ThinkingPolitics joins Thomas Whitley with co-host Andrew Barnes, friends who are on different ends of the political spectrum. In an attempt to stay away from stereotypes and talking points they discuss how fiscal policy should be made and whether compromise is really such a bad thing.
About 74 minutes and change
ThinkingReligion 18 brings Thomas Whitley, Merianna Neely and Sam Harrelson back together to hammer out the current issues of the day and their impact on religion in America.
PCUSA vs CBF
ObamaCare and the Landscape of American Religion
Pew Report on Religion and Politicians
The Right Answer about the Bible?
When Is it Time to Stand Up?
About 53 minutes and change
Merianna wonders about whether professional development conferences that gear towards mandates issued by non-teaching policymakers are really professional development at all. Are teachers living into the stereotype that media and government have created? Is there a chance for teachers to regain their sense of identity?
About 18 and change
The question shifts from where you should go to school to how you should go to school… or does it?
A few cliff notes:
1. Be authentic
2. Acquire micro-credentials
3. Your resume should reflect what you’ve built, not what you’ve studied
About 20 minutes and change
Merianna wonders and wanders through the implications of the Presidential Proclamation and ends up pondering what the proper care for quail eggs is. Speaking of quail eggs, why are schools so similar to the quail egg raising process?
About 18 and change
Merianna talks about the time between Spring Break and the end of the school year and how teachers who ask if there is a possibility to change something often receive the response, “That’s something for us to consider for next year.” Those teachers who ask questions often get tagged and their idea frozen until next year. Is there anyone coming to unfreeze us?
One of the barriers people propose when I am discussing the idea of StudiesLab as a place of real education set apart from traditional public or independent school models is the notion of size and scalability.
“Not everyone wants that kind of one-on-one education though.”
“What’s the point if it will never take off in the mainstream?”
Let’s chat about that.
About 10 minutes and change.
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