ClassCast Podcast Ep.039 features Mike Bergin and Amy Seeley -- standardized test experts, tutors, entrepreneurs, networkers, and podcasters -- speaking with host Ryan Tibbens about high stakes testing, the evolution of tests, "good testers," equity, grade inflation, improving schools, and much more. This discussion covers it all -- from becoming standardized test experts to school curriculum, from Randy Moss to Leo Tolstoy.
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Mike Bergin and Amy Seeley host the Tests & the Rest: The College Admissions Industry Podcast, which Ryan appeared on to talk about rhetoric and admissions essays; through their podcasting, they've spoken with well over 100 industry experts about different aspects of college admissions, testing, writing, research, and more. In addition to their podcast, Mike and Amy are the co-founders of the Test Prep Tribe private Facebook group for tutors and the National Test Prep Association, an all-new professional organization that connects and supports independent test prep tutors around the world. Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning in Rochester, New York; he previously tutored and worked as testing expert for Princeton Review and Huntington Learning Center. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros in Cleveland, Ohio; she previously tutored and trained with Princeton Review. Between them, they have over 50 years of test prep tutoring experience. Be sure to check out their podcast, particularly the episode featuring our host Ryan Tibbens.
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ClassCast Podcast Ep.038 features writer, traveler, and teacher Janet LoSole, author of Adventure by Chicken Bus: An Unschooling Odyssey through Central America. Janet is an experienced world traveler and ESL teacher who advocates for a special brand of homeschooling or unschooling -- "world schooling." In this episode, we discuss what world schooling is, why people do it, what kinds of families pursue the option, and what can be learned. We also address travel, educational freedom, books, and more. If you've ever thought about taking an extended field trip with family -- foreign or domestic -- you MUST learn more about world schooling and how travel can create the curriculum you need to learn everything from traditional school and more. In particular, listeners who enjoyed our recent episode about unschooling with Catina Franklin Sweedy will find a lot to think about in this conversation.
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- Intro/What Is World Schooling? -- 1:17 - 10:40
- World Schooling: Language, Family, & Duration -- 16:31 - 27:08
- How Language Impacts Travel -- 27:09 - 34:41
- World Schooling Networks & Support -- 34:42 - 38:52
- Is World Schooling for Rich People? -- 42:15 - 50:53
- The Chicken Bus & the Book -- 50:58 - 59:04
- Janet's Ideal (Un)School -- 1:00:24 - 1:12:05
- Book/Movie Recommendations -- 1:12:05 - 1:17:19
- Seeing Poverty Up Close -- 1:17:20 - 1:22:05
ClassCast Podcast Ep.037 features Jeremy Wayne Tate, CEO of the CLT exam, talking with host Ryan Tibbens about classical education, school choice, improving education, and the CLT exam itself. After spending around 10 years working in schools, he now leads an upstart testing company that hopes to challenge the SAT and ACT in the college admissions testing space. A self-proclaimed disrupter, Jeremy Wayne Tate cares deeply about education and about bringing back the classical form of schooling that has dominated western culture for hundreds of years. If you use Twitter and care about education, you MUST follow Jeremy (@JeremyTate41) -- you will love or hate his each and every tweet, but you will never feel apathetic about them. Whether you are a homeschooling, unschooling, private schooling, or public schooling family, the concepts of classical education, school choice, and admissions options should at least be on your radar. Don't miss this chance to learn about a new test and a new, old form of school from an up-and-coming education entrepreneur.
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1) What is the CLT Exam & Why Classical Education? -- 2:22-21:02
2) Tate's Ideal School -- 21:30-29:30
3) Parents as Teachers & Government Schools -- 30:12-38:07
4) School Choice -- 38:08-50:18
5) Test Optional Admissions & Grades -- 52:08-56:56
6) The CLT's Growth -- 56:56-1:01:25
7) Cultural Bias -- 1:01:33-1:12:42
8) Books & Ending -- 1:14:56-1:21:00
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