This episode delves into the history behind American public schools. Why did we establish public schools and how is that motivation connected to our school practices? Can this help explain some of the differences in education from country to country?
Voices in this Episode
Selena, Serafin, Mia, William, Angel, Shiraj, Roya, Vishnu, Juan, Yesica, Ruth, Lingerr, Siobhan, Juliana
This episode touched on a lot of topics.
For more on the history of American public schools:
“School Days” from the Backstory Radio podcast
For more on testing in education:
"Exams Around the World" a photo essay from The Atlantic
"Lessons From the Past: A History of Educational Testing in the United States" from Testing in American Schools: Asking the Right Questions
“Pass/Fail: An American History of Testing” from the Backstory Radio podcast
For more on inequalities in education:
"The Decline in Intergenerational Mobility After 1980" from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
"The Decline of the 'Great Equalizer'" from The Atlantic
"The Return of School Segregation in Eight Charts" from Frontline
"Three Miles" from This American Life
See the bottom of the Points In Between page for transcripts to all episodes.