Advice for Secondary School Teachers

Advice for Secondary School Teachers

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Advice for Secondary School Teachers

This is an encore. We interview Lev Moscow who, for the last 14 years, has taught history and economics at The Beacon School in New York City. Lev reflects that advisory, done well, can serve as a venue for students to explore questions of ethics, purpose and happiness. He talks about balancing the history curriculum to include non-European perspectives. Getting students to read more than a few sentences is perhaps today’s teachers’ greatest challenge and Lev explains his approach.

Lev refers to John Dewey, Tony Judt, and these resources:

  • Book “Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials” by Malcolm Harris;
  • Book “The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School” by Neil Postman.
*Overview and transcript below. 

    Advice for Secondary School Teachers

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    Lev also hosts a podcast that aims to make economics accessible. It is called A Correction Podcast and you can listen to it on


    00:00-01:38 Intros

    01:39-08:05 Advisories

    08:06-11:28 Electronic technology in classrooms

    11:29-12:41 Relationships in advisories

    12:42-18:14 Technology as changing the ecology of a situation; getting students to read deeply in a technological age

    18:15-19:56 Students’ experiences in college as compared to high school

    19:57-22:12 Homework: overwork, stress and teen suicides; two school systems– high pressure and low pressure 

    22:13-24:44 Homework and writing projects: historiographies/argumentative essays; 

    24:45-28:39 Nightly homework and deep questions: SRQ (summarize, respond/reflect; question); differentiating between superficial and quality questions

    28:40-36:18 Ethics and morality

    36:19-40:55 Decentering Europe in teaching history

    40:56 Outro

    Transcription of the episode

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