Dad Saves America
Dad Saves America
School Sucks! Mike Yates Disrupts Boring Education | The Show

School Sucks! Mike Yates Disrupts Boring Education | The Show

School sucks! At least as it’s envisioned today. Our guest brings a fresh perspective to what it means to learn and what it takes to be an educator.

Mike Yates has a radically different perspective on school. Throughout his career he’s amassed tons of hands on experience, helping him develop curriculums and programs filled with unconventional ideas on how kids actually learn and the role of teachers. We sat down with Mike to uncover what educators should be doing differently and how his personal education journey inspired his commitment to improve school for all kids.

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Mike is currently the Senior Managing Director of Network Strategy at the Reinvention Lab of Teach For America:

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[00:00] Intro

[02:52] What is Teach For America?

[10:18] Mike’s educational origin story

[14:23] The prototype for a great teacher

[20:53] Revenge against a bad teacher

[25:23] Cancel traditional school

[28:23] 6th grader teaches himself to read

[32:45] Innovating individualized learning

[39:27] Engaging with your child’s education

[43:09] Criticism, victimhood, and empowerment

[52:39] Your career should serve your family

[57:50] Being an American by being a dad

[1:00:18] Outro


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Dad Saves America is a channel dedicated to celebrating heroic fatherhood while teaching the next generation of fathers strategies they can utilize in parenting their children. We believe strong children come from a strong family. We’ve had many experts in the studio, including Jonathan Haidt, Mike Yates, Lenore Skenazy, Warren Farrell, Matt Ridley, Martin Gurri, and Michael Strong.

Dad Saves America
Dad Saves America
Dad Saves America is all about celebrating dads and fatherhood. Fatherhood is the greatest opportunity to make a positive impact you will have in your lifetime. We’re figuring out how to raise a generation of resilient, independent-minded kids who are ready to embrace freedom in their future. Top experts and engaging personalities, including Adam Carolla, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Adam Curry, Daymond John, and Jay Glazer, trade stories of childhood, parenthood, and all the issues impacting how we raise our kids with host John Papola.