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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

n 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.

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.

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.

Episode 7 -Grades AKA Shorthand for Learning

Episode 7 -Grades AKA Shorthand for Learning

Isidor Finkelstein wrote that in 1913 in the midst of pondered the great mystery of grades. One hundred years later, we are still trying to figure out the answer. Today’s episode is an attempt to follow the convoluted path that is grading and reporting in American schools.

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?

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