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This American Life 474: “Back to School”

talfavicon I’m not always a big fan of This American Life. But Ira Glass nailed last Sunday’s episode, “Back to School,” and I recommend that you listen to its entirety.

It’s about pretty much every important topic concerning education today. It’s about teaching and testing, about the effects of poverty and whether we can do anything about it, and about the importance of teaching character to build resilience.

Plus, the episode introduced me to Paul Tough’s new book, How Children Succeed, and to Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, who works in the Bayview here in San Francisco.  They’re both inspirational.

Please listen to the episode, and if you do, let me know what you think in the comments! favicon