Episode 62: How To Escape Your Echo Chamber

Do you believe that the Earth is flat?

I can hear what you are saying: “Mark, I'm a college graduate. I am an educator. I have common sense. NO, I don't believe the Earth is flat!”

Just to be clear,  I don’t believe the Earth is flat either. We’ve all heard of “flat-earthers” or The Flat Earth Society. I have always thought that this was probably a few thousand misinformed people in the world. 

Imagine my surprise when I saw the following statistics:

  • As of July 2021, there were 122 YouTube Channels dedicated to Flat Earth theories and conversations, with over 4 million subscribers and 744 million views.
  • As many as 11% of Americans believe the Earth is flat.

Wait, what?? How can there be that many people that believe that the Earth is flat when there is so much evidence to the contrary? Well, there has actually been a lot of research on that topic. 

One of the major contributing factors to this belief is that “flat-earthers” are in an echo chamber with each other.


  • “An echo chamber is the intellectual environment that people create to pad themselves from disagreement and to believe that their opinions are shared and correct.” (EDUCAUSE Review Blog Post)


OK, that's just weird. But, a lot of Private school leaders are in their own echo chambers and that can be REALLY BAD for their schools. On today’s episode of the PSLP, we are going to discuss The 11 ways you can get out of your echo chamber.

Thank you for taking me along with you when you are walking the dog, driving to school or running errands. I appreciate you and what you are doing for the lucky kids and teachers at your school. 

Thanks so much for listening and thanks for making a difference!

Mark Minkus

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