73. From Defensive End to Philosopher in Residence, with Chad Miller

A college football defensive end and a philosopher meet at a bar. The defensive end asks, “What’s the meaning of life?” The philosopher replies, “Missed tackles, my friend. To many missed tackles.” My guest today is Dr. Chad Miller, our 2012 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the Year, a National Board Certified teacher, and currently a Specialist at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Institute for Teacher EducationDr. Miller also serves as the Director of Teacher Development at the University’s of Hawaii’s Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education. Moreover, he serves in both the Progressive Philosophy and Pedagogy, and National Board Certification Teacher Leader Curriculum Studies masters programs. Dr. Miller also serves as a “philosopher in residence” at several HIDOE public schools, where he supports teacher candidates and veteran K-12 teachers as they incorporate the activity of philosophy (known as p4c) into their classroom practice through the use of the “Philosopher’s Pedagogy.” Whether he is thinking about the environmental implications of “driving” clouds with third graders, the cyclical nature of violence and drug abuse with sophomores in their language arts classes, or the value of living the “examined life” with graduate students, Dr. Miller finds himself participating in extremely meaningful and rigorous philosophical inquiries with students and teachers each day. Amber Makaiau, the Director of the Hanahauoli Professional Development Center said the following about Dr. Miller: “In the words of Che Guevara, Dr. Miller lives and educates by the credo: ‘The duty of every revolutionary is to make the revolution.’” My editor, creative consultant and sound engineer is the wondrously creative, Evan Kurohara (SØZEN), a self-taught audio engineer and producer born and raised in Hilo, Hawaiʻi. He is currently working in Honolulu and aspiring to reach new heights by dedicating himself to exceptional quality work through creative and analytical meticulousness (his words!). Our original theme music is provided by my friend of 40 years, virtuoso pianist, Michael Sloan. Michael has produced 12 albums with over 100 songs and is featured in Apple Music, Spotify, and all the other major music platforms. You can also find his work at his YouTube channel. He has listeners in over 100 countries and over 2000 cities, to date. Songs featured in this episode include, “A New Day,” “Oasis,” “Mysterious Dancer,” “When Angels Touch” and “Fuchsia.” Please support this podcast by providing a rating and review at your fav podcast app! The What School Could Be in Hawaiʻi podcast is funded by Ted Dintersmith and WhatSchoolCouldBe.org. Please stay safe, keep wearing your masks in crowded public spaces, and please get vaccinated. Until next time, mahalo, a hui hou!, and be in good health. (Here are links to references in the episode about Moxie the Robot, and Dr. Tom Jackson.)

Episode Theme Music by Michael Sloan
Episode Editor, Evan Kurohara