We cracked on Arne Duncan’s view of the world for most of the hour-long Hitting Left show today.
Or you can listen here to the MixCloud version which includes the music from the show.
There is no need for me to repeat it all. You can read the book yourself and then listen to our conversation.
This is Bill’s third time on Hitting Left.
Not only is he an old friend, he was my professor in grad school at UIC.
Like much of the original architecture at the Chicago campus of the University of Illinois, the College of education is housed in a ugly style of design known as brutalism.
The classrooms are bunker-like, warm and inviting as storage lockers.
For one class, Bill had us meet in a common room that had couches and lounge chairs rather than in a regular cinder block classroom. As one of his weekly assignments he had one student start the class by teaching us how to do something we would never learn in school.
The assignment had a serious point: We should think of curriculum broadly and recognize the value of the out-of-school curriculum as well as the in-school curriculum.
Plus, some weeks it was fun.
One week we were all sitting cross-legged on the floor while a student showed us how to string beads.
It was then that the Dean walked past, stopped, backed up and looked into the room.
Shaking his head, he announced that he had spent his career trying to convince people that colleges of ed were more than places where people learned how to string beads.
And now, here we were.
I think he was being funny and I was hoping the meaning of the activity was not lost on him.
But who knows?
It wasn’t lost on me.