Introducing Subtraction in Action

47 minutes

Our host Justin Reich is joined by Jal Mehta from the Harvard Graduate School of Education to kick off Subtraction in Action, our new series about the positive impact that subtraction can have on school communities. Justin and Jal have been talking to teachers, school leaders, and design experts from around the country about what we can take away from schools to free people up to focus on the essential. Justin and Jal share their ideas about subtraction, along with highlights from some conversations they’ve had throughout the series. 

In this episode, Justin is joined by Jal Mehta, Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, co-author of In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School, and co-host of the Free Range Humans podcast.

We also hear highlights from conversations with:

  • Leidy Klotz, Professor of Engineering at the University of Virginia, and the author of Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less.
  • Beth Rabbitt, CEO of the Learning Accelerator
  • Tyler Thigpen, Co-Founder of The Forest School in Atlanta, Georgia & the Institute for Self Directed Learning
  • Nicole Allard, Executive Director of Educational Excellence and Innovation in the Vista Unified School District in California
  • Nat Vaughn, Principal of the Blake Middle School in Medfield, Massachusetts


Resources and Links

Check out Jal Mehta’s Book In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School

Subscribe to Jal’s podcast Free Range Humans

Learn more about the untapped potential of subtraction in Leidy Klotz’s book Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less

Watch our film We Have to Do Something Different

Check out Justin Reich’s book Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can't Transform Education




Produced by Aimee Corrigan and Garrett Beazley 

Recorded and mixed by Garrett Beazley


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