Aired: March 24, 2017

Degrees of Separation: Origins

This is part one of a six-part series. To view all episodes in the series, click here.

  • The History of Education, Without (M)any Gaps (13 min.)

    With: Brent Cusher (Christopher Newport University), Stephen Chappell (James Madison University), Phillip Daileader (College of William & Mary), & Erik Linstrum (University of Virginia)

    Associate Producer John Last takes us back to ancient Mesopotamia to trace how learning has changed from then to today.

  • Education in the Industrial Age (16 min.)

    With: Jonathan Zimmerman (University of Pennsylvania)

    Celebrated historian Jonathan Zimmerman takes a closer look at how an economic mandate changed schooling in the 20th century.

  • Why We Educate (12 min.)

    With: David Labaree (Stanford University)

    Stanford’s David Labaree critiques the view of education as a cure-all for inequality.

  • New Methods (11 min.)

    With: Jeremy Stoddard (College of William & Mary)

    Jeremy Stoddard outlines the new approaches that could define the future of education, featuring insights from UVA Curry School of Education dean Bob Pianta and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College president John Rainone.