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Practical vs. Classical Education with Christian Marty (Evulpo), Bailey Parnell (SkillsCamp) and Molly Blankenship (JFF)

November 07, 2022 Alex Sarlin
Edtech Insiders
Practical vs. Classical Education with Christian Marty (Evulpo), Bailey Parnell (SkillsCamp) and Molly Blankenship (JFF)
Show Notes

In this first-of-its-kind episode, Edtech Insiders hosts a debate about the value of Practical vs. Classical Education. 

What is the true goal of education? In an age when the talk of the "ROI" of education is everywhere, what is the role of the classical liberal arts ideal of an enlightened and informed citizenry? 

  • Dr. Christian Marty studied history, philosophy and media studies at the University of Zurich and received his doctorate there in 2019 with a thesis on Max Weber. Parallel to his doctorate, he built and led a very successful tutoring school that still exists today. In 2020 he founded Evulpo, a learning platform with helpful learning material aligned to curricula for students throughout Europe, and eventually, the world.

  • Bailey Parnell is the Founder & CEO of SkillsCamp and was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2016, and her TEDx talk about social media and mental health has over 3 million views.  SkillsCamp is a soft skills training company that works with businesses and educational institutions to help their staff and students develop the essential skills needed for personal and professional success.

  • Molly Blankenship is an Associate Director at Jobs For the Future. She was a Forbes 30 Under 30 in education for her role as the director of Chattanooga 2.0. Her focus: helping students succeed and enter the workforce. She has helped the county's highest-need high schools add advanced placement courses and classes on preparing for the ACT college entrance exam.