Unlearning the Status Quo so Students Can Thrive with Peter Hostrawser
January 4, 2022
Unlearning the Status Quo so Students Can Thrive with Peter Hostrawse

Think about how different the lives of our children are, compared to how we grew up or how our parents and grandparents grew up. It’s like night and day when you consider the technology changes, social development, human connection, racial awakening, and more.

And yet. The status quo in education is for students to sit in a classroom and listen to a teacher talk.

We’ve learned so much over the years about the importance of student agency, getting the child involved, hands-on learning, and more. Yet we keep doing the same thing and expect different results from the young adults in the workforce.

This week on the podcast, I’m talking with Peter Hostrawser, the “unlearning coach,” about how we can stop checking off boxes in the classroom and start to let kids share their stories and design their own education.

It wouldn’t be difficult for any educational institution to get started; all it takes is an open mind and a desire to do things differently. With how different life is today, I’d say it’s a requirement.

About Peter Hostrawser:

Known as the “Unlearning Coach,” Peter Hostrawser has been a business educator for over 20 years. He is an entrepreneur and change agent for traditional educational systems as well as a business coach. Peter has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and educators innovate their craft. Peter is the host of the Disrupt Education Podcast where creative and non-traditional learners share their stories and thoughts on how to change education. He currently teaches business at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Palos Hills, Illinois, USA, is an eLearning Curriculum Developer and EdTech consultant.

Jump in the Conversation:

[1:40] – Disrupting and evolving education for Peter
[3:54] – Times have changed and what we need to do
[5:18] – Unlearn the status quo
[6:17] – Most interesting question in education
[7:20] – Let students lead their own stories
[8:54] – Creating an audience and purpose for what kids create
[13:41] – Where to start helping kids to own their story
[17:26] – Kids are willing to teach us if we truly want to learn
[18:46] – What’s next for Peter and his mission
[20:02] – Turbo Time
[24:20] – What to know about finding your value
[26:18] – Peter’s Magic Wand – That school is the place where curiosity met experience and they can follow their curiosity (also in communities); where people not afraid to fail
[27:49] – Maureen’s takeaways

Links & Resources




Latest Episodes

Education as a Human Right with William Tucker

Every human on the planet has a right to an education. And, more importantly, a right to the education that they need and want. In Western culture, that often looks like traditional education…sitting in seats in classrooms and memorizing vocabulary and historical...

Imagine Seeing the World as One with Rekha Magon

One of the challenges with traditional education settings is that you’re bound to the same place for nine or more months every year. Slow travel, or really learning about a culture or community is difficult, if not impossible. But the reality is that taking kids out...

What Do You Want from Education with Lainie Liberti

A question we don’t ask enough is what we want from education. Of course we all want well-rounded young adults when they’re done with school, people who can become productive members of our society and who also have a healthy worldview. But our schools are not...

Latest Blog Posts

Why Isn’t Educational Change Happening?

School change is so much harder than I thought! When I did my doctoral research on school innovation and created a hands-on learning school-within-a-school in the 90s, I had no idea that I’d spend the next few decades making tiny changes. Changes that often...

Instilling a Practice of Gratitude in Uncertain Times

Thanksgiving looks different this year. Traditions are being shattered in 2020 and new realities are emerging. Thanksgiving is no exception. After Canada’s Thanksgiving in October, COVID statistics jumped, reminding us that, sadly, the pandemic isn’t taking a break...

Building Interdisciplinary Learning into Traditional Classrooms

A traditional classroom setting is just that...traditional. Teachers must teach specific subjects for a required amount of time, often using prescribed curriculum materials that may be a decade old. There’s little consideration for the individual learner--their...

Coming Soon!
Listen to Education Evolution on Apple Podcasts
Listen to Education Evolution on Spotify
Listen to Education Evolution on Stitcher
Listen on Google Play Music

Related Posts

Imagine Seeing the World as One with Rekha Magon

Imagine Seeing the World as One with Rekha Magon

But the reality is that taking kids out of their comfort zones and letting them learn and live in other areas can teach them about kindness, purpose, building relationships, and so much more.

Immersive Project-Based Learning Abroad with Joann McPike

Immersive Project-Based Learning Abroad with Joann McPike

THINK Global School was founded on the idea that students should learn the things that matter in the grand scheme of things, rather than what we’ve “always” learned. The structure is so interesting and immersive, and it’s one that I hope gains some traction in the future.

Sign Up for Podcast & Blog Announcements
and Get our Free Guide:
Five Interdependent Hacks to Lead the Creation of a Learner-Centered Culture!

By providing your email address you are agreeing to receive email communications from Education Evolution.
You can unsubscribe at any time.