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In their lively and entertaining weekly discussion of issues related to higher education, KUT’s Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger explore the topics of higher education, lifelong learning, and exercising the brain. Ed and Jennifer practice what they preach, too, by introducing math puzzlers and brain teasers to keep listeners on their toes.

Higher Ed: 'Goodbyes' In Education

"Goodbye." It's a word that actually gets said a lot in education. Students are constantly changing teachers, classmates, subjects and locations during their years in school. In this week's episode of KUT's podcast Higher Ed, KUT's Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burgertalk about saying goodbye and moving on in education.

The end of a class, semester, school year or entire degree program can be an emotional time as students and teachers move on, knowing that exact same class with those exact same participants will never exist again. In this episode, Ed and Jennifer discuss the many "goodbyes" that happen along the path of formal education and what Ed says is the greatest gift an educator can receive when a class ends. Click here for their discussion of goodbyes in education as well as a twist on the usual puzzler. To balance the sometimes sad topic of goodbyes, Ed and Jennifer share Math jokes courtesy of some funny fourth-graders.

This episode was recorded on April 19, 2017.

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Jennifer Stayton is the local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" on KUT. Got a tip? Email her at Follow her on X @jenstayton.