What is the future of education after the coronavirus? What will schools look like after all this? How can they reopen safely? Will colleges go bankrupt? Are we rotting the brains of our kids with all this screen time? Where is Education Secretary Betsy DeVos? What happens now to education in America?
As the global war against the virus continues, the world of education is a hidden and critical battlefield. The future of education has been turned upside down–and it’s terribly underreported. With 97% of the world’s schools now closed, the virus has shut-down and upended everything we know about education. Graduations are canceled, dorms are empty, school lunches are left uneaten and tens of millions of kids are now glued to screens all day long. This is education in our pandemic-stricken world. And the stakes for America couldn’t be higher.
Angry Americans continues our groundbreaking focus on the front-line fighters of the war against COVID-19 with another important and inspiring guest shaping the future: Anya Kamenetz (@Anya1Anya) is a powerful expert on learning and the future. Anya is Education Correspondent at National Public Radio (NPR), co-host of NPR’s Life Kit parenting podcast and celebrated author of multiple books including The Art of Screen Time, described as the first, essential, don’t-panic guide to kids, parents, and screens, Generation Debt, focused on youth economics and politics; DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, investigated innovations to address the crises in cost, access, and quality in higher education and The Test, about the past, present and future of testing in American schools. Anya is our professor for this pod and gives us all a crash course on parenting in the pandemic.
Previously, Anya was a staff writer for Fast Company covering technology, innovation, sustainability and social entrepreneurship and she has contributed to The Village Voice, The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Slate, the Oprah Magazine. Anya was named a Game Changer in Education by the Huffington Post and three times won National Awards from the Education Writers Association. She also leads the innovative NPR Ed team–which won a 2017 Edward R. Murrow award for Innovation from the Radio Television Digital News Association.
With the word paralyzed and divided by shut-downs and debates over reopening, independent activist, author, social entrepreneur and Army veteran @PaulRieckhoff asks Anya the questions we all need answers to–and tears into the latest news with a dash of pop-culture, some kick-ass music, and his trademark wit, tenacity, wisdom and humor. Rieckhoff shines a powerful spotlight on issues you need to know about–and holds the powerful accountable. As the White House, Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, and broadcast media fumble and falter, this is a powerful must-hear episode of the pod that’s been featured in Variety, NPR, The New York Times, MSNBC and CNN. From the front lines of the exhausting war against the virus, to the 2020 race for President, to the NFL draft, Angry Americans is the most interesting and dynamic podcast in America for politics, news and culture.
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