Ep.071 -- Cristina Groeger -- The Education Trap: Social Mobility & Public Schools

ClassCast Podcast

05-07-2021 • 1 hr 16 mins

ClassCast Podcast Ep.071, the FINAL episode of Season 2, features college professor, education enthusiast, and author Christina (Tina) Groeger, whose new book -- The Education Trap: Schools and the Remaking of Inequality. Tina and host Ryan Tibbens discuss school's limited ability to affect social inequality, how quality education relates to social mobility, project-based learning, unschooling, and much, much more. Tina is a professor at Lake Forest College, a graduate of Harvard University, and a thoughtful, sincere student of American education and its social impacts. If you are interested in equality/inequality, opportunity, the American Dream, or improving our education system, then this episode is for you! ​

Table of Contents (*highlights)

  1. 0:00-4:03 -- Intro to Tina & The Education Trap
  2. 4:03-12:22 -- The Purpose of School According to Tina & "Defunding" Schools *
  3. 12:22-21:08 -- Economic & Political Influences on Education, Inequality, & Social Mobility
  4. 21:08-28:13 --Knowledge, Merit, & Mobility *
  5. 28:13-36:33 -- Vocational vs Liberal Education & Local Control *
  6. 36:33-47:41 -- Tina's Ideal School
  7. 47:41-57:43 -- Unschooling, Project-Based Learning, & Organizing *
  8. 57:43-1:10:31 -- School Choice, Unions, and Improving Schools
  9. 1:10:31-1:16:59 -- Final Thoughts, Book/Movie Recs, & Wrap-Up


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