The debate about how to fix America’s schools rages on, while millions of parents simply opt out of the system. We’re re-thinking education, from college programs for the incarcerated to a call for the end of standardized tests.
Do public schools stifle creativity and real learning, or are they essential to a diverse society? Questions like this have sparked a lively debate in response to Astra Taylor’s recent essay “Unschooling” in the literary magazine n+1 and Dana Goldstein’s response in Slate. We hear both sides.
Jody Lewen is the executive director of the Prison University Project, a degree-granting program for the inmates at San Quentin State Prison in California. She's seen first hand the transformative power of knowledge and education and thinks the most important feature of higher education should be accessibility.
Sean Pica is the executive director of Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, a degree granting program out of Sing-Sing Prison in New York State. It's full-circle for Pica who was convicted and served time for a crime he committed as a teenager.
How can something come out of nothing? Believe it or not, some scientists say they can explain how the Big Bang popped out of empty space. We’ll explore the cutting edge of physics and consider what it means for religion and the meaning of life.
Copernicus changed the world with his revolutionary idea that the sun, not the Earth, is the center of our solar system. Dava Sobel tells us why this momentous discovery wasn't easy for Copernicus himself.
Do you need an advanced degree in math or physics to make discoveries about the cosmos? Science writer Margaret Wertheim says thousands of amateur scientists have proposed their own theories about the universe.