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Listen Longer 8/29: Education Reform in the Modern World

August 31, 2015  • Aspen Institute Staff

This past week Aspen Institute Radio focused on education reform in the modern world, including talks on improving urban public schools, the importance of math, and the value of a college education.

Aspen Institute Radio, our two-hour radio show, airs every Saturday and Sunday on SiriusXM Insight (channel 121). Each episode dives into the topics that inform the world around us. Here in our weekly Listen Longer posts, we’ll recap each episode and show where you can read, watch, and listen to more. Don’t have SiriusXM? Try it free for a month here.

Joel Klein on “Lessons of Hope”

Joel Klein, former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, details the struggles he faced while turning around the New York City school system. He also discusses school reform, both in New York City and across the nation.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Improving Urban Public Schools

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel explains his approach to education and how he made significant improvements in his city’s public education system.

Is Math Important?

Math is not just the language of numbers. It is also not just a subject for school children. What math, if any, is important for adults? Where does America stand in the world in math and how can we improve? This four-person panel explores all facets of math’s widespread impact in the world and how we teach it.

Who Can Afford College?

Two-thirds of recent bachelor’s degree recipients have outstanding student loans, with an average debt of about $27,000. With costs still on the rise, Americans are increasingly questioning the value of a college degree. What are the implications of rising costs for US higher education? Five education experts weigh in.