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Tues 8.11.15 | The Trouble with Conventional Education

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Testing, grades, homework, learning by rote: these are the foundations of our conventional educational system. Alfie Kohn argues that they are as good as worthless. The maverick education critic discusses the deep-seated problems with traditional schooling and explores the alternative approach of progressive education. He also talks about the pitfalls of competition and national rankings.

Wed 3.11.15 | Are Today's Children Spoiled?

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Today's chidren are overindulged, coddled, and spoiled -- lavished with praised and unearned 'A's at school, given trophies when they don't win. They get everything too easily. It's bad for parents, bad for children, and bad for society at large. But are any of these claims factually accurate? Leading education critic Alfie Kohn reflects on this prevailing -- and conservative -- depiction of young people and children, and considers why it's frequently shared by progressives and rightwingers alike.

Wed 11.06.13 | Making Sense of Intersex

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A new German law allows parents and doctors not to classify certain newborns as either male or female. A lawsuit in the US targets surgery done on a 16-month-old child with an intersex condition. Anne Tamar-Mattis comments on these developments and provides deep context.

Mon 6.10.13 | The Trouble with Conventional Education

Testing, grades, homework, learning by rote: these are the foundations of our conventional educational system -- and Alfie Kohn argues that they are as good as worthless. The maverick education critic discusses the deep-seated problems with traditional schooling and explores the alternative approach of progressive education. He also talks about the pitfalls of competition and national rankings.

Wed 12.19.12 | The Trouble with Conventional Education

Testing, grades, homework, learning by rote: these are the foundations of our conventional educational system -- and Alfie Kohn argues that they are as good as worthless. The maverick education critic discusses the deep-seated problems with traditional schooling and explores the alternative approach of progressive education. He also talks about the pitfalls of competition and national rankings.

Mon 3.05.12 | Intersex Children, Genital Surgery

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Remember all that stuff you learned in sex ed about gender, about the traits that dictate gender identity? Anne Tamar-Mattis says a lot of what we learned is, in fact, misinformation. She describes what happens to young children born with so-called intersex conditions; one option frequently pursued is irreversible genital surgery.
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