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Our podcast, Ed History 101, is a semi-lighthearted look at various issues related to American education history. You can listen to each episode here on our site or subscribe via your favorite podcast app.

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Episode 10 – Accidental Activists

Episode 10 – Accidental Activists

In Season 2, we're going to focus more on connecting the past to the present. In this episode, we take our first look at teachers as activists and look at 3 accidental activists, Oliver Brown, John Scopes, and Bridget Peixotto. Defining Activism: Race, The Little Rock...

Episode 9 – Dress Codes

Episode 9 – Dress Codes

Few things in education are as messy as the issue of dress codes. In this episode, we look at Indian schools that forced indigenous children to cut their hair and wear certain clothes, the evolution of uniforms in American schools, and the complicated mess that is...

Episode 8 – School Reform

Episode 8 – School Reform

It's likely that about ten minutes after the first class was taught in the first schoolhouse in America, someone had advice or ideas how how it could be made better, fixed, or reformed. This week, I put Paul in Black Widow's shoes and ask him to pick a side: Team...

Episode 7 -Grades AKA Shorthand for Learning

Episode 7 -Grades AKA Shorthand for Learning

Candidates for government jobs in 1540 China wait to hear their scores  (Source) "It is within the last decade that serious attention has been paid to such queries as: What should the mark really represent? Should the mark be based upon ability or performance, or even...

Episode 6 – Vacation (All I Ever Wanted)

Episode 6 – Vacation (All I Ever Wanted)

Mullen's Alley, New York by Jacob Riis, 1888 (Source) Light, short, and sweet. Just like summer vacation, today's episode is focused on the question: Why does public education abandon children for two months in the summer, leaving them to their own devices?...

Episode 5 – Anna Cooper and Carnegie Unit

Episode 5 – Anna Cooper and Carnegie Unit

Source This week we go through the last requirement of high school graduation in America: the credit unit. We connect the amazing Anna Julia Cooper, explore the just as important but less well know Committee of Fifteen (this one, not this one), and shake a fist at...

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