010: Squaring the Golden Square: Education

On this episode of The Future Is A Mixtape, Jesse & Matt finally shoot off some long-stored Roman Candles, letting their fireworks rain down on an area of community life they’ve spent an inordinate amount of time living inside of: the looking glass of education. As the fourth node of The Golden Square, education is the capstone of these most basic and essential human rights. It’s hard to imagine any human future that’s vital or dynamic without education’s essential place in the foundation of society. The co-hosts will both celebrate this cornerstone of the Golden Square as well lament its capture and brutalization from Neoliberalism's Extermination Matrix. In the last section of the discussion, Matt & Jesse will blast-out their final volleys of Roman Candles by outlining a utopian future and framework for education that all of humanity so richly deserves. And in this slice of imagineering, our guides will assert that education is a right that should be extended from the cradle to the grave.

Mentioned In This Episode:

Stephen Jay Gould: “I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein's brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.” As quoted in New Scientist, March 8, 1979, p. 777

John Rawls and The Veil of Ignorance: A Theory of Justice

Stephen Fry Narrates an Animation About John Rawls’ Idea of The Veil of Ignorance

When Should Kids Learn to Read, Write, and Do Math?

Study: Holding Kids Back A Grade Doesn't Necessarily Hold Them Back

The Beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Can Jehovah's Witnesses Have Friends Outside Of Their Religion?

Number of Educational Institutions in the U.S.

The War On Teachers: Why the Public is Watching it Happen

George Bush’s Dastardly & Doofus No Child Left Behind

Obama’s Braindead Program for Education With His Race to the Top

In 2006, Finland Ranked #1. Even Though the Results Have Declined, Finland Still Ranks Among the Top Countries.

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) - 2015 Interactive World Map

U.S. Students’ Academic Achievement Still Lags That of Their Peers in Many Other Countries

The 2017 Condition of Education Report

LARPing: Live Action RolePlaying - The Future of Education?

Study: Suspensions Harm 'Well-Behaved' Kids

Chart: See 20 Years of Tuition Growth at National Universities

Tuition and Fees and Room and Board over Time, 1976-77 to 2016-17

‘The Tuition Is Too Damn High’

The Student Loan Debt Crisis in 9 Charts

Student Loan Debt Statistics 2017

Student Loans Owned and Securitized, Outstanding

State Cuts to Higher Education Threaten Quality and Affordability at Public Colleges

Who Got Rich Off The Student Debt Crisis

Noam Chomsky: The Death of American Universities

Henry A. Giroux - Thinking Dangerously: The Role of Higher Education in Authoritarian Times

University of California: State Spending on Corrections and Education

The High Salaries & Lavish Benefits of University Administrators

Benjamin Ginsberg in Washington Monthly: “Administrators Ate My Tuition”

The Utopia Of Rules By David Graeber

Daniel Pink - “Autonomy, Mastery & Purpose”

10 Ultra-Successful Millionaire and Billionaire College Dropouts

Famous Directors Who Never Went to Film School

UC Davis Chancellor Resigns After Pepper-Spray Scandal

Lecture by David Graeber: Resistance In A Time Of Total Bureaucratization

Ken Robinson: Changing Education Paradigms