"Everyone is on the Internet but they're not all talking with each other. There are groups upon groups out there, but they don't talk to one another. So while the Internet brings everyone into a share space, it does not necessarily bring them together." -- David Lynch
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.