This week’s EconTalk is Doug Lemov talking about teaching and education . Lemov argues that education is a craft and one that requires performance skills. He uses this insight to explain the importance of practice and then gives some examples of how practice can improve education and other areas of life. Check out his book Practice Perfect . At the end of the episode, Lemov talks about how to improve the educational value of EconTalk. That part of the conversation inspired the recent EconTalk essay contest .