Episode 12: Pretension Detention

A monologue questioning the value of a classroom discussion starts a conversation about learning. Featuring conversations with Ericka Morris, a former teacher and curriculum specialist, Tamir D. Harper, a senior at Science Leaderships Academy and co-founder of UrbEd, and Brooke Sexton, Artistic Director of YesAnd! Collaborative Arts.

Click here to read a transcript of this episode.

I know I signed up for an AP English class, but I thought AP stood for Advanced Placement, not Analytical Professionals or Absolutely Pretentious.
— from "Pretension Detention" by Erin Orth
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further reading & resources

Learn more about Tamir D. Harper and check out his non-profit UrbEd.

Find out what programs YesAnd! Collaborative Arts has coming up at their home in Germantown.

Check out Philly's Teacher Action Group (TAG) and follow their page for information about upcoming events.

about the performer



Emily is a local actor, teaching artist, and stage manager. She received her B.A. in Theatre with a minor in English from Temple University. Her involvement with Philly Young Playwrights began in 2013 when she was an actor in the New Voices Festival. Since then, she has worked with PYP in many capacities, and now serves as the 2017-2018 Teaching Artist Apprentice.

Outside of her work with PYP, she has worked as an actor with companies like Revolution Shakespeare, Tempest in a Teapot Co., and Prime Theatre Syndicate. As a stage manager, she has worked with Peoples Light and Theatre Co., Delaware Theatre Company, The Bearded Ladies, and Upper Darby Summer Stage.

When she's not working within the Philadelphia theatre community, Emily helps countless high school students cram for the SAT/ACTs at Huntington Learning Center in Springfield.

2018 Mouthful Monologue Festival

Featuring 18 monologues written by middle school and high school students from throughout Greater Philadelphia. April 13-21 at the Drake Theater in Center City Philadelphia. Find out more and reserve your Pay What You Decide tickets here.

"Pretension Detention" was directed by Mitchell Bloom.

Royalty Free Sounds provided by ZapSplat.com and Soundbible.com.

Additional music by Lee Roosevere via FreeMusicArchive.org.