In What Is Education? Part 1, Scott Harris joins Melanie and Michael to discuss what parents, teachers, and professionals need to know about education. How does a teacher know she’s doing well? What standards could she use to judge the education of her students? And her own teaching?
Using good principles of education, what can parents do to help their own children? What can they do to fill in holes and correct mistakes in their childrens’ education? Or what can they do to go beyond what their children are learning in school, to help their children be the best they can be?
And how do good principles of education help anyone and everyone all through life: at work, as a professional, as a friend?
Scott takes us on a discussion of
-his background: educational and fitness/exercise
-using questions to assess learning
-how to go beyond standardized testing to assess learning
-the definition of education
-how the nature of concepts helps us teach and assess learning
-how parents can support and help their children’s education
-the importance of writing in learning and assessing
-how to know when deep learning is occurring, and how to drive it
-how to get students/children to open up and get involved
Scott K. Harris (https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-k-harris-b037966) has a Bachelor of Arts in History/Psychology from Texas State University and a Master’s in Education from Lamar University. He received the Mirabeau B. Lamar Award for Teaching Excellence, and was the first teacher in Texas to receive the Quality School Teacher Award.
In his 29th year of teaching, Harris has taught U.S. History, World History, Psychology, A.P. Psychology, A.P. Macroeconomics, Philosophy, and International Baccalaureate’s capstone course Theory of Knowledge. He also coached swimming and water polo for 17 years.
Harris has guest-lectured at Texas State in Philosophy, and at the University of Texas San Antonio’s graduate school in Education. For nearly two decades he was a member of the Mind Science Foundation and the National Association of Scholars.
Harris piloted curriculum for what is now John Stossel-in-the-Classroom, serves as a consultant to Free- to-Choose Media, and is an associate producer for Izzit.org, all of which produce videos advocating liberty and economic education.