This week, we’re going back to school to study education (or the lack thereof) in the Star Trek universe! Every Starfleet officer is an alum of the same university, Starfleet Academy, and the egalitarian, scarcity-free world of the Federation would be a learning paradise, so why do we see classrooms so infrequently on Trek shows?
Writer and educator Kelli Fitzpatrick joins the show to examine how learning has changed in the 24th century, and we discuss topics such as the way education breaks down our societal barriers, the promise of a multi-discipline, wallless classroom with an unlimited budget, the questionable testing practices of Starfleet Academy, and why teachers won’t be replaced with learning bubbles anytime soon.
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