The Uncommon Academic
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Video clip courtesy of EdSource for its first "Education Champion Award in 2017"
All who care about our children’s schools can enjoy and learn from this biography of Michael Kirst, one of the major influences in American education in the past fifty years
Michael Kirst: The Uncommon Academic incorporates engaging stories, video clips, and audio recordings from an array of top government officials, researchers, commentators, colleagues, family, and top government officials to portray Mike’s origins, paths, influences, and accomplishments in his life and career.
A Quote from Mike Kirst About the Project
"You should think about how to feature your methodology per se as another project for you. The focus would be on how to do this sort of thing about someone other than me. It brings history alive in novel ways to me."
An Intro to the Installments
A few installments to get you started. The first, the eighth, and the most recent installment.
First Installment: "Conversations With and About Mike," Starting with Governor Brown
This installment includes recorded insights about Mike from an interview I had with Jerry Brown during his last Friday in office, January 4, 2019.
Eighth Installment: Who Controls Our Schools? The Genesis
This question is so relevant in this pandemic era. This installment explores how early in his studies, Mike began to formulate this question and eventually answer it in a way that demonstrates its complexities.
Tenth Installment: Let's Get Personal, "From Fraternity to Paternity"
This most recent episode puts a spotlight on Mike's early Dartmouth fraternity years, the start of his family, and his meeting and courting his wife Wendy. You'll enjoy finding out about Mike, "the whole guy."