The 55-Minute Question
Driven by the Questions
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.

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The 55 Minute Question – S2E6 – Learning in a World of Bifurcate-Shortcuts

This week on The 55 Minute Question, Stephen and Cameron discuss making the room for people to change, frequently. We wonder about impressions, and how they shape how we see others, ourselves, and our students. We ask how we can develop a capacity to…

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The 55 Minute Question – S2E5 – Looking For a Path, Not a Shortcut

This week on The 55 Minute Question, Stephen and Cameron discuss the importance of being seen. We remark at the power of being reminded of the child by seeing childhood photos; and wonder about reframing what we see in the context of Dean James Ryan’s…

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The 55 Minute Question – S2E4 – Leaving Our Tools Behind

In this week’s episode of “The 55 Minute Question”, Stephen and Cameron discuss a question from the previous week: why are we driven the way we are? What does it mean to “be seen” in the context of contribution? If our frames of reference, our world…

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The Beauty in Imbalance – The 55 Minute Question – S2E3

Stephen and Cameron discuss the idea of imbalance, and wonder if a spotlight on ourselves as works in progress might attune us to the infinite mindset so essential to lifelong learning. We ask how reframing our observations about development, and…

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Shortcuts Pt 2

Continuing with our theme of shortcuts, Stephen and Cameron discuss the foundational, driving questions for a Royal Commission on Learning; we consider how essential glib notions about education might actually be to the conversation, and, try as we…

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Shortcuts

In the first episode of season 2, Cam and Stephen think about shortcuts: are we beginning to see cracks in education, in society, that come from a shallow attention to the parts of a whole? As the pandemic forces structures to be questioned, changed,…

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Looking back on Season One

Cam and Stephen look back on the last 15 weeks of The 55-minute Question, remembering highlights, consolidating learning and imagining the conversations that could become part of Season 2

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Measuring Learning; What are the right questions to ask?

Spurred on by a recent media piece suggesting that final standardized exams are not to be sacrificed in this time of pandemic disturbances, Cameron Jones asks whether or not we are even posing the right questions when it comes to measuring learning.

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Reckoning With Lifelong Learning Pt 3

In the final instalment of a 3 part series inspired by Seymour Sarason’s provocation, “And What Do You Mean By Learning?”, Cameron Jones and Stephen Hurley begin a conversation about the capacity and mindset of public education to deliver on the kind…

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Reckoning With Lifelong Learning PT 2 with guest Brandon Busteed

In the second installment of a 3 part series inspired by Seymour Sarason’s provocation, “And What Do You Mean By Learning?”, Cameron Jones and Stephen Hurley speak with Brandon Busteed (Kaplan; Forbes Magazine) about a community model of learning that…

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Stephen Hurley

Chief Catalyst voicEd Radio Canada

Stephen Hurley has spent nearly 40 years as an educator. He has experience as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, a teacher educator and a policy observer. As the founder and chief catalyst at voicEd Radio, Hurley is passionate about nurturing stronger relationships between education research, practice and policy.