EP 02 The Purpose of Education

By Cameron Jones

The 55 Minute Question is a show inspired by questions, and the thinking that follows them. It is a show that is loosely inspired by a quote attributed to Einstein: that to solve a problem, spend 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, and the remaining 5 minutes on the solution. The 55 Minute Question is a show that believes what education needs now, more than ever, is big ideas and a space to try them on. Because as Chris Phillips writes in Socrates Cafe, and Gord Downie sang, “life is not a dress rehearsal.” This is our life.

Cameron and Stephen welcome Toronto-based educator, Brandon Zoras. Brandon was recently featured in a Globe and Mail article on “opportunity hoarding” in education, as families move towards a very different “return to school”.

What is the purpose of public education? Is it about “my” children or “our children”? Or is there a way to allow both interests to live in the same space?

Here’s a link to the article that got Cameron thinking about tonight’s discussion: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-how-race-income-and-opportunity-hoarding-will-shape-canadas-back/

Follow Brandon on Twitter: @brandonzoras