Free Range Humans

“We need to be smarter than pigs!” - A Conversation with Yong Zhao

Episode Summary

Some say pigs are among the smartest animals in the world. Yong Zhao joins us and shares all sorts of ideas he was pondering during the pandemic, one of which is how humans need to be smarter than pigs!

Episode Notes

In this week's episode, Rod and Jal are joined by Yong Zhao, a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas, and a professor in Educational Leadership at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in Australia. Yong has published numerous articles and over thirty books to date!

Throughout the conversation topics include problems with the Chinese approach to education; issues with assessment methods; what sparks will be needed to really shift the "grammar" of schooling; "crazy" ideas that have come from the COVID era and what may stick; how we can  encourage students to liberate themselves; and finally, discussing the intelligence of pigs.