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July 24, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

You’ll Want to Watch This Two-Part Interview Jon Stewart Did With Ta-Nehisi Coates Last Night


I think you’ll find this two-part interview Jon Stewart did with Ta-Nehisi Coates very interesting – I certainly did.

You might also be interested in the review of the book that recently appeared in my Ed Week Teacher column.

I’m adding these videos to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More.

April 23, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: Jon Stewart On The Atlanta Cheating Scandal

Just in case you haven’t seen this video segment on the Atlanta cheating scandal from last night’s The Daily Show, here it is…

I think it’s pretty good, though it does omit two important points — it doesn’t really talk about the overall problem of focusing on test scores, and doesn’t say anything about the fact that all the defendants were people of color.

I’m still adding it to The Best Commentaries On The Atlanta Test-Cheating Verdict.

December 7, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: Jon Stewart On China’s Decision To Crackdown On Puns

Jon Stewart at the Daily Show did a very funny segment this week on the Chinese government’s crackdown on the use of puns in the media.

Except for a bleeped out expletive near the very beginning of the segment, the rest of it would be appropriate for classroom use. It would be ideal for an International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge class when language is being studied.

Here it is:

February 5, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: Watch The Extended Interview Jon Stewart Did With Michelle Rhee

Michelle Rhee was on The Daily Show last night. I thought she generally came across as quite reasonable and tried to minimize and gloss over many of her beliefs. Stewart kept pressing her — admirably, I thought, while trying to maintain his nice guy persona — and the best part is clearly Part Three (the second and third parts appeared on the Web). That’s when Rhee told Stewart “You’re looking confused” when it was clear that Stewart had enough of her ducking and weaving, and he began to question her more forcefully.

I was struck by several things Stewart said during the interview, including:

teaching is an art form

teachers subjected to new offensive coordinator coming in every few years

There hasn’t really been any innovation in education since John Dewey. (this is the only time I thought he was off-base)

Teachers seem like one tool to get education on track, but they seem to be the only tool that ever gets yelled at…. There’s poverty, communities, but teachers are the only ones we tell, “Fix it, or you’re fired!”

Education can take place if the soil is fertile..

Is school the biggest factor?

It seems we’ve abandoned the model of public school in the inner city

You are creating a system where the public school becomes a place for the toughest cases [and others go to charters]

The systemic issues that are the underlying causes of the poor performances never get addressed.

The entire system of standardized tests is somewhat broken.

You might also want to view Stewart’s interview with Diane Ravitch, which was extraordinary, as well as other ones I’ve previously highlighted.

What did you think of the interview?

July 28, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: Jon Stewart Interviews Joseph Stiglitz

Jon Stewart did a very good interview with Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz about wealth inequality in the United States. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About Wealth & Income Inequality:

March 4, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo

Jon Stewart & Diane Ravitch Knock It Out Of The Park!

Last night’s “The Daily Show” was a classic. Jon Stewart opened with what was probably the most insightful, funny, and effective response I have seen to on-going teacher-bashing. Ten minutes late, Diane Ravitch came on and did a fabulous interview. For some reason, I wasn’t able to get the embed code for the entire episode. However, I was able to embed the three key sections: The first two videos are the two segments of the amazing opening piece on schools, and then the third is the interview with Diane Ravitch:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
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March 1, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo

Here’s Jon Stewart’s Great Piece On Teachers From Last Night

Jon Stewart did a brilliant piece on teachers last night (You’ll certainly want to tune on Thursday night (I had originally written Wednesday by mistake) when he interviews Diane Ravitch). Here’s a portion of it:

June 19, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Videos: Two-Part Interview With Malala Yousafzai On Last Night’s Daily Show