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Hyper Education & The Twitter Exile

In Hyper Education – Why Good Schools, Good Grades, and Good Behavior Are Not Enough, Pawan Dhingra uncovers the growing world of high-achievement education and the after-school learning centers, spelling bees, and math competitions that it has spawned. It is a world where immigrant families vie with other Americans to be at the head of the class, putting in hours of studying and testing in order to gain a foothold in the supposed meritocracy of American public education. A world where enrichment centers, like Kumon, have seen 194 percent growth since 2002 and target children as young as three. Even families and teachers who avoid after-school academics are getting swept up. Drawing on over 100 in-depth interviews with teachers, tutors, principals, children, and parents, Dhingra delves into why people participate in this phenomenon and examines how schools, families, and communities play their part. Moving past “Tiger Mom” stereotypes, he addresses why Asian American and white families practice what he calls “hyper education” and whether or not it makes sense. By taking a behind-the-scenes look at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, other national competitions, and learning centers, Dhingra shows why good schools, good grades, and good behavior are seen as not enough for high-achieving students and their parents and why the education arms race is likely to continue to expand. We are delighted to welcome Pawan to Life Elsewhere and look forward to more conversations with him.

Dave Hill is a comedian, musician, actor, author, raconteur, dilettante, fashion icon, and…wait-for-it…a Twitter exile! The droll,  mild-mannered Hill voiced his opinion on Twitter about a draft-dodger who also happens to unfathomably hold a high office. The rabid supporters of the draft-dodger took exception to Hill’s accurate albeit caustic one-liners. To counter the onslaught of Twitter vitriol against him, Dave Hill took to what he refers to as “mom jokes” as if spewed out by an adolescent boy. This further outraged the draft-dodgers increasingly unhinged followers and prompted one bitchy Tweeter to question Dave’s sexuality, apparently based on the comedian’s penchant for velvet and silk and flowing scarves. The diatribe had now sunk to a new low, says Dave. So he countered by going even lower and more absurdist. “It was ridiculous!” Says Dave, “I could make hateful racial jokes and that was OK, but inferring I had sex with your mother or father, now that was too much for Twitter.” Dave received a message from Twitter…you are banned for life! 

Dave Hill has a new comedy album, Let Me Turn You On

Norman B’s conversations with Pawan Dhingra and Dave Hill were recorded using Zoom and will be available on our new YouTube channel soon.

Show #371

Back To School

It’s that time of the year again, summer is almost over and talk of education begins to filter into conversation as schools reopen. A perfect opportunity for Life Elsewhere to delve into the topic of learning. First up, Norman B chats with Rafe Esquith, who’s book Real Talk for Real Teachers,has just been released in paperback. Mr. Esquith, author of the New York Times bestselling, Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire has 30 plus years of experience as a classroom teacher in Room 56 at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles. His knowledge and exemplary teaching skill is matched by his honest and often controversial pronouncements, such as, “Thomas Jefferson was wrong about something big!” This will be a thought-provoking interview, you won’t want to miss.

In the second half of the program, education emerges again as Norman B tackles a real-life conundrum. Recently, we sent out an email blast, promoting an upcoming edition of Life Elsewhere. Unfortunately, there was a glaring spelling mistake. No one saw it, until the moment the send button was hit. Even more peculiar, not one of our recipients made mention of the mistake. Was it hidden in plain sight, so obvious, no one saw it? How is it possible that a conspicuous spelling mistake could go unnoticed by so many eyes? To answer these questions and more, Christopher Chabris, co-author of The Invisible Gorilla will join the program. His book helps us understand why and how our brains miss the obvious. Norman B will ask Mr. Chabris what we can do to inoculate ourselves from everyday illusions, especially cringeworthy, spelling mistakes.

We encourage you to share your thoughts and questions on both these topics by sending an email to info(at)lifeelswhere.co

Plus, you’ll hear the latest Hit That Never Was, selected by a listener.  Send us your suggestion, we would love to know what it is? Send it to hitthatneverwas(at)life elsewhere.co

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