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ReasonRx Podcast Episode 6 Teacher Scott Harris on Teaching and Learning for Everyone
ReasonRx Podcast Episode 6 Teacher Scott Harris on Teaching and Learning for Everyone

ReasonRx Podcast Episode 6 Teacher Scott Harris on Teaching and Learning for Everyone

In our latest podcast (also on iTunes), Scott Harris discusses ideas and techniques parents, teachers, adults, business professionals, and students can use to better learn and educate.

We all have to use principles of education and communication to work with other people. We need good techniques to teach our children, teach students, teach other adults, and teach other business professionals. It’s part of being in society.

Scott gives us general principles to use and specific examples to help us understand them.

Show Notes.

Scott takes us on a discussion of
-his background: educational and in fitness/excercise
-why he became a teacher
-the importance of history and what we learn from it
-successes he’s had with students
-the nature and importance of definitions, understanding, and logic
-how parents can support and help their children’s education
-ideas about how parents can talk to their kids
-how teachers can help students
-why getting “off task” is vital to learning and a good education, and how to do it productively

About Scott:
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.

External links:

  1. Voice Lessons for Parents by Dr. Wendy Mogel: https://www.amazon.com/Voice-Lessons-Parents-What-Listen/dp/1501142399/
  2. Great movie clip, from the movie Infinity, showing Richard Feynman learning science (names don’t matter. you have to look at the bird): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMaZOCKmcVc
  3. Some ideas on logic and science:
    a. basics of induction and deduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_kZ9GaD57Y
    b. on the nature of logic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWSAub8_-Zk
    c. what “understanding” really is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0cxDyHMymM
    d. more here: https://www.youtube.com/user/GoldAcademy
  4. The Art of Reasoning by David Kelley (we recommend you focus on classification, definition, argument analysis, and induction) https://www.amazon.com/Art-Reasoning-Introduction-Critical-Thinking/dp/0393930785/
  5. The Art of Thinking by Leonard Peikoff:
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkXlg0ypjqg&list=PLwC2WnAmU__VW7A0TpHtNqqwvqPTHNtzz
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkXlg0ypjqg&list=PLqsoWxJ-qmMvupo-OGr21AUS9nv3COQRw
  8. The Philosophy of Education: https://courses.aynrand.org/campus-courses/philosophy-of-education/the-purpose-of-education/

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