Today’s keyword is Ontogeny. This is the podcast’s pre-episode, shared here in the spirit of “starting in the middle.”
If there is no “learning gene,” then how does learning actually take place? This pre-episode looks to evolutionary science for an answer, introducing a concept—and today’s keyword, ONTOGENY— that opens up the philosophical stakes of classrooms. Ada talks to Erin Manning, whose writings on radical pedagogy inspired the creation of this podcast. Patricia Pardo sums up the import of ontogeny for transforming classrooms into accessible spaces. And two recent graduates, Joy Hodgson and Laura Grant, muse about the challenges of classrooms for students.