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Joel Westheimer

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Now is the Time of Monsters ft. Joel Westheimer

Under the Tree: A Seminar on Freedom with Bill Ayers

When fascism gained power in Italy, two processes unfolded simultaneously: the generalized crisis and crumbling of authority, the loss of the ability to lead through consent, as well as a movement of people away from old ideologies, opening to new and unexpected horizons. It was a moment of  political “in-betweenness”—the communist leader Antonio Gramsci wrote from prison that, “The old world is dying and the new world struggles to be born. Now is the time of monsters.” We’re joined by Joel Westheimer an inspiring thinker and teacher whose parents escaped Nazi Germany, and who continually asks his students and all of us to consider how to educate our children for the common good, pointedly in his book What Kind of Citizen?


6 Aug 2021

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Dr. Joel Westheimer - Creativity and Humanity: Unstandardized Learning

Learning Futures

Ronald Beghetto and Joel Westheimer have a conversation about what we currently value as a society and how those values are showing up in how we approach teaching and learning. Westheimer mentions how schooling focuses too much on standardized testing and explains that these tests do not tell us what is going on in a school. He further discusses that standards cannot always be achieved the same way by all students, and asks that we see the value in difference and uncertainty. Westheimer invites us to question how we want to live in society, explaining that the pandemic has kind of held the mirror up to our real values, which are qualities of life that are not easily measured. Creativity and humanity require differences that are not standardized. Westheimer imagines a future where schools are more social, humane places, where teachers are offered the best possible conditions to do their job, and students receive quality experiences that create a meaningful life. You can learn more about Dr. Joel Westheimer’s work by following this link:  Joel Westheimer. You can also follow him on twitter: @joelwestheimer


1 Jun 2021

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Thinking About Education After the Capitol Attack with Joel Westheimer

What's the Big Idea?

In which Dan talks about education in the context of the attack on the U.S. Capitol. He's joined by Joel Westheimer (@joelwestheimer), professor of education at the University of Ottawa and someone's who done lots of thinking and writing about civics education. They talk about the Canadian view of the attack, the meaning of civics education, and how a lack of media literacy might be education's biggest blindspot. As always, we welcome comments and questions on Twitter @BigIdeaEdMentioned in the show:What Kind of Citizen? Educating Our Children For the Common Good by Joel WestheimerPledging Allegiance: The Politics of Patriotism in American's Schools by Joel Westheimer Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt Media Literacy on Common Sense MediaMusic: "Que Extrano Es" by Molo courtesy of Tribe of Noise


17 Jan 2021

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The Paradox of Schooling with Joel Westheimer

The Shape of Education to Come

In this episode, Joel Westheimer joins me to talk about what education means in pandemic times, citizenship, assessment and standardization - you know, all the fun stuff.


25 May 2020

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Joel Westheimer (Music Education and History)

In Conversation with Stephen Hurley

In this episode, Stephen Hurley speaks with Joel Westheimer, the University Chair of Democracy and Education at the University of Ottawa. In this conversation we explore the power of connecting music education with the teaching of history.


16 Dec 2018

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Liberal Fix Radio w/ Guest Professor Joel Westheimer

Liberal Fix

This episode's guest is University of Ottawa Democarcay and Education Professor Joel Westheimer, author of What Kind of Citizen: Educating Our Children for the Common Good.Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway.If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.comJoin the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference.


2 May 2015