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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Cameron Jones and Stephen Hurley begin a 3-part series of exploration into the question of learning and, in particular, life-long learning.

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Cameron Jones and Stephen Hurley reach back to the earliest recorded thought to frame a conversation about capacity and complacency, agency and apathy, our imaginations and the stories we live into. We explore progress and the importance of…

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Tonight Cameron and Stephen explore the connections between ways of knowing and ways of being, our views of the capability of the child and the difference between seeing teaching as the work of a gardener as opposed to a carpenter.

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Today, Cameron and Stephen discuss Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s “dissenter’s hope,” curiosity, becoming, and and hope as agency rather than happenstance. We ponder whether we are asking enough questions? And if so, how can we nudge ourselves to a place of…

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Cameron Jones and Stephen Hurley convene for some laughs…literally. An exploration of the importance of recognizing the joy and learning inherent in the play of children, and how we can make that a more intentional part of the way we look at schooling.

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Today, Cameron and Stephen explore the idea that a year’s worth of input should equal a year’s worth of growth. Are we creating the conditions in schools that honour “a year’s growth for a year’s input” for all? If not, then why for some and not…

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Cameron Jones and Stephen Hurley dig a little deeper into the idea of public education as a public good: what that means and who the “public” in public education actually is—or should be.

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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…

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This week, Cameron Jones is joined by Craig Cardiff and Stephen Hurley to explore the idea of school as place. What is that place meant to be? What should it be? Cameron and Stephen reflect on Stuart Shanker’s concept of ‘haven’, and Craig adds some…

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In Episode 0, Cameron Jones and Stephen Hurley explore the concept for the 55-Minute Question podcast, some of what grounds their thinking and what they hope to dig into this season.

As a starting point, they tackle the need for more philosophical…

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Author

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.

He has a strong relationship with the EdCan Network (formerly the Canadian Education Association), an organization that inspired the launch and evolution of voicEd Radio Canada.

Hurley believes that stronger connections between education research, practice and policy are essential to the type of change that will be necessary in Canada's public education systems moving forward.