The Gist discusses the teaching profession with Dana Goldstein, and NFL health care with Nate Jackson.

Actually, There Was No Golden Age of Education

Actually, There Was No Golden Age of Education

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Sept. 5 2014 7:41 PM

Stop Calling Teaching a Calling. It's a Profession.

The Gist explores the legacy of an education system with a circa 1820 one-room schoolhouse model.

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When was the golden age of education in America?

Photo Illustration by Slate. Photo courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives and the Dunbar History Project.

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Former NFL player Nate Jackson’s league health insurance ran out a few days ago. Today on The Gist, we’ll review what health concerns many former players tackle after leaving the game. Plus, author Dana Goldstein explains what’s keeping the American education system so average. For the Spiel, a new lobster of the antentwig.


Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.