Podcast #274: Living and Teaching In Turkey – Listener Discussion


I am joined by a listener named Tony to discuss his public school teaching experience in the Bronx through New York State's version of Teach For America, and his experience and insights living and teaching in Turkey. We also run through a primer on Turkish politics, current events and history.

Look Closer:
Turkey Fears 'Deep State' Return - http://www.voanews.com/content/turkey-fears-deep-state-return/1874926.html

The deep state (Turkish: derin devlet) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_state

Secret Warfare: Operation Gladio and NATO’s Stay-Behind Armies - http://www.globalresearch.ca/secret-warfare-operation-gladio-and-natos-stay-behind-armies/5303061

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  1. Talk Turkey with Tony

    Any interest in a School Sucks Overseas Too thread in the forum?

  2. Big fan of the show Brett AND I’m a democrat.

    As a long-ago Reedie I want to correct a few of Tony’s recollections of the place. The motto he quoted is actually “Communism, Atheism, Free Love” — not anarchism — and though Reed certainly has more than its share of iconoclasts and rebels in rags, it remains an intellectual powerhouse. Every undergraduate writes a senior thesus and must present an oral defense of it before three profs and an audience. It also produces more Rhodes Scholars than any college or university — this with a student body of just 1500.

    Oh, and John Taylor Gatto did graduate work there. He loved it.

    Steve Jobs too.

    Since Reed’s inception its politics have been to the left of Trotsky — Still I know that you, Free-State Brett, would have gone nuts for the place. They speak your language.

    Worth a visit if you go out west!

    Final OT note: At times you’ve confessed a liking for the Bill Maher podcast. Maybe some of the appeal is his welcoming of opponents into the fray. Would you ever consider doing the same on School Sucks. I think some spirited debate would make the show even more compelling upbeat.

    Anyway, love the show and thanks.

  3. PS sorry for the typos!

  4. Came to podcast wanting to listen to a former student, left looking for caffeine before I dozed off….unfortunate. The tone of the podcast reminded me of way too much said over way too many pints of beer when I was in college in the ’60s.

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