In this episode, Danny is joined by Dr. Angelo Letizia to discuss the usefulness of Batman's mythology for teaching civics in American classrooms. Letizia advocates for creative approaches to teaching civics and one of his assignments is having students adapt an image from Batman's oeuvre to a current political event or controversy. At stake in Letizia's approach is an ideological question of whether civic education should be a) about making responsible citizens, b) empowering citizens to participate, or c) created justice-oriented citizens. Comics, for Letizia, becomes a great medium to tap into this justice-centered goal, and Batman provides plenty of fertile soil for the political imagination.
Angelo Letizia on Twitter (Academic Comics)
Unmaking the Public University: The Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class, Christopher Newfield
"Cultural Acupuncture:" Fan Activism and the Harry Potter Alliance, Henry Jenkins
In this very special episode, Danny Anderson interviews John Warner (of Inside Higher Ed's "Just Visiting" blog) about his important new books Why They Can't Write and The Writer's Practice. Why They Can't Write dissects the underlying causes of why so much writing instruction fails in the American system and it provides tested, practical solutions for doing better. The book is more than a how-to-teach guide, however. It diagnoses several important structural problems in American education, including standardized testing, the allure of educational fads, the abuses of technology-driven solutions, and cruel working conditions for teachers. Warner discusses this and a lot more in this interview, which anyone interested in education will want to listen to.
Why They Can't Write
The Writer's Practice
John Warner's work on Inside Higher Ed
A show for anyone interested in education. How much should “passion” dictate the path a student takes in their studies? Is Passion really enough? What about work ethic, logic, and pragmatics? Danny Anderson of Mount Aloysius College is joined by Todd Pedlar of Luther College and Nathan Gilmour of Emmanuel College to discuss a concerning trend in student psychology. Is “passion” merely a product of the College Admissions Industrial Complex and its resulting arms-race? Are there better terms we could use? All this and more on the latest Sectarian Review Podcast.
Genesis of the subject - What is “Passion-Driven Education”
A Brief History of “Passion”
Jane Austen and the Romantics
Is College a natural fit for Passion-Driven Education
Class issues, the “Selective College Arms Race,” and Cultural Capital
“Being Radical for Jesus” at the CCCU College
Passion at a “Jock School”
Perverting our passions
Curiosity trumps Passion
The roots of the college major
The pursuit of passion as a quest for “Authenticity”
When gifting and passion don’t match
Vocation as service to others, passion as quest for self
Why we read Plato, a soliloquy by Nathan Gilmour
The Bruderhof as a form of living in community
Is Reason pragmatic and instrumental or the grounds for a vision of the transcendent?
Service as antidote to Passion
A shout-out to one of Anderson’s students!
Physics as part of the human experience
The Luther College Mission Statement
How institutions push against our ideals
Twitter Questions Part II
Am I weird if I have no passion?
Calling as a marathon, not a sprint
The difference between Passion and Vocation: called, or nuts?
Doing a podcast for free (but if you want to give me money…)
Martin Luther on marriage
Gilmour gets BLEEPED!
Teaching Malamud and Kafka
“It’s all in Plato, it’s all in Plato”
Having a multitude of callings
Quote from Werner Heisenberg that Todd left out of the show but wanted to share, "[w]hat we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning"...