Welcome back to our three-part series on Education (check out last week’s episode on The Impact of Funding here:) and our next-level dive into how educational bubble manifest in the classroom.
This week we challenge some of the typical narratives and solutions you hear about (aka “underfunded schools need more money” or “urban scholars need more magnet schools”). We feature the interesting concept and educational philosophy called “place-based learning” via the equally interesting Andrew Rayner, from Promise 54.
What happens when one topic or subject can be highly variable in how it’s taught or absorbed — and what does that look like when we mix in funding into education.
We’ve been toying with this question as we’ve traveled the world and found that we have … less than great responses when confronted with alternative perspectives to international politics, wars, and cultural clashes. (#shoutout to our Sunni-Shia episode from season 1 when we tried this irl)
We talked to someone who has experienced first-hand some of the changes in how topics are taught based on where your education is funded from.
We interrupt your regularly scheduled BTB Season for a fun mosaic of anecdotes and hilarious stories of how cultural or language barriers have resulted in issues ranging from plain awkward to just short of international incidents.
Thanks to all of our friends who’ve shared their stories from all around the world.
We see them more and more these days. And not just because people are posting more often, but because their reach is getting amplified with social media shares and “viral” statuses. These cathartic, explanatory, uplifting, or sometimes ranting social media posts are making their rounds on newsfeeds around the world.
This week, we take a look at some statuses we’ve seen in our feeds to better understand what pushes someone to share personal details or stories on a platform that is very public.
In the process, we found that posting things to social media sometimes reinforces your echo chamber, but it can also break through to bipartisan discussion or invite the ever-feared “Internet Trolls” (dun dun dunnnnn).
Listen to this week’s episode on “Posting and Low-Blows and Trolls, Oh My!” :
We’ve both been big fans of The Daily Show for years, and back in college, we often found ourselves relying on Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for more candid, unfiltered versions of the news.
But that in itself is a problem. And as the political climate around the world has become more charged, it seems ‘unfiltered’ is a thing of the past.
All media today seems to have an opinion. And that combined with the stress of gaining viewership means TV news channels are getting more and more sensationalised, often following the path of comedy shows and late night programming.
Does that simply make the news more interesting? Or is this a dangerous trend?
This episode was super fun to research, discuss and edit because of all the examples we’ve sprinkled throughout. Check it out and let us know what you think!!
We also mentioned a specific back and forth between an O’Reilly Factor segment and a response from the Daily Show, as well as what we thought would be comparable precedent.
Daily Show Response:
Previous Daily Show segment in the same vein:
Reverse Engineering Stats! We got a lot of positive feedback on the How to Question Everything episode so we decided we’d take it one step further… How to question the statistics and numbers you see cited in articles. More specifically, how to reverse engineer them to see if you’re being misled.
If you’re reading this, the two of us (Eunice and Priyanka) have somehow tricked you into checking out our podcast! (Muahahaha).
This blog and podcast are pretty much an extension of our eternal effort to ask questions, play devil’s advocate, and better understand the world. It’s us bringing our private friendship to the public stage, and we hope it brightens your day, whether that’s with laughter or musings!
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