Special Sauce for Schools?
We are finishing up the next episode of our Freakonomics Radio podcast, in which we step inside School of One, a fascinating new pilot program from the New York City Department of Education.
The episode is called “How Is a Bad Radio Station Like a Public School?” (By the way, thanks for your excellent bad-song suggestions; you’ll hear a few of them.) While it concentrates on education, the underlying theme is the thrill of customization: how we live in a world where individuals can increasingly customize things for themselves, and how any number of firms and institutions customize things for us, sometimes without our knowledge.
For now, here’s a brief taste of the upcoming episode. (You can download/ subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here, get the RSS feed here, or listen live via the link below.) You’ll hear from Joel Klein, the pizza-loving chancellor of New York City’s schools, and from Steve Levitt too, telling a story that will give hope to anyone who was ever terrible at math in the third grade.