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Primitive Culture: A Star Trek History and Culture Podcast

Jul 4, 2018

Schooling in Star Trek.

On a Federation starship or space station, every day is an opportunity for learning. But for Starfleet officers whose families have joined them in space, providing a well-rounded education can be a challenge. Aboard the USS Enterprise-D, a host of professional educators were on hand, teaching everything from ancient history to calculus. Meanwhile, on Deep Space 9, an untrained amateur, Keiko O’Brien, stepped up to provide a curriculum tailored to the needs of the station’s dozen or so children.

In this episode of Primitive Culture, host Duncan Barrett is joined by Amy Nelson of Earl Grey and The Edge to take a look at education in Star Trek. We also discuss the ways in which Star Trek has inspired Amy’s own teaching and how she has incorporated her fandom into her classroom.

Intro (00:00:00)
Teaching Trek in Amy’s Classroom (00:02:35)
The Enterprise-D: Glorified Crèche? (00:08:40)
Educational Software and Online Schooling (00:15:15)
Pastoral Care and Discipline (00:22:55)
Amateur Teachers, from Keiko O'Brien to Seven of Nine (00:36:25)
Religious Controversy and Faith Schools (00:43:08)
Teaching Versus Testing (00:57:45)
Final Thoughts (01:04:09)

Duncan Barrett

Amy Nelson

Clara Cook (Editor) Duncan Barrett (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Amy Nelson (Associate Producer) Tony Black (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)