Stanislaw Pstronkonski is a relatively unknown author and educator who started a podcast in 2016 with the idea of studying how we teach and how we learn in order to improve the world’s education systems.
Stanislaw Pstronkonski reads many books and summarizes the best of them for his podcast. The general direction of the podcast is to emphasize science based studies on education and learning. I originally found this podcast because he reviewed both “Don’t Shoot the Dog” by Karen Pryor and “Cesar’s Way” by Cesar Milan. This prompted me to also read “Cesar’s Way”.
What I Liked:
Each episode, Stanislaw summarizes a very heady book, one that I most likely would not read due to the subject matter and simply how complicated it is. What Stanislaw does is summarize in a manner reminiscent of Cliffs Notes.
The podcast is intended for educators but, as I listen, I find that every single book is relevant to dog training and professional dog trainers that work with people. I learn more about how we think, how we learn and how we respond to rewards, punishment and other stimuli. With each book I think to myself how much I’m enjoying the podcast.
Stanislaw tries to make each book interesting and cuts out repetitive parts. He makes sure to touch on all the topics covered in the book. He also points out where the books he reviews fall short of their goals and where they have or lack references. He really likes books that describe the results of studies.
This may seem a bit petty but his voice is pleasant to listen to. He does not speak in a monotonous way.
Areas for Improvement:
The subjects of the books can be rather dry. Stanislaw does his best to mitigate that but, occasionally I find myself losing focus when he hits a particularly dry spot.
Stanislaw Pstronkonski points out where he agrees or disagrees with the authors of the books he reviews. Sometimes this leads him to dismiss things that he doesn’t agree with. He tries to be objective but the subject of education can be a very subjective one.
Since he cuts out large sections of the books and just summarizes, the books lose a little bit of their own particular flavor.
I would highly recommend this podcast to anyone interested in learning about how people learn. This can be particularly helpful if you are a professional dog trainer and have to interact with students. What I am finding is that everything I listen to also applies to me and, by thinking about the things I am learning here, I will be a better student and a better dog trainer. Two thumbs up!