Meet Your Hosts

Rebekah Hagstrom

Show Host

Rebekah Hagstrom is an educator, an entrepreneur, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a keynote speaker, and the founder and leader of a Pre-K through 12th grade Twin Cities classical school. Her passion for education — and her conviction that we have a responsibility to do better — has been her motivation for her life’s work. 

Rebekah’s a student of public policy and has witnessed first-hand what it looks like when bad ideas in educational theory trickle down into classrooms and onto chalkboards and lesson plans. She’s involved politically, active socially, and engaged in any conversation that seeks to restore education. 

Rebekah’s lifetime of dedication to the cultivation of wisdom and virtue in the classroom has also moved into the digital space. As the cohost of Education America, Rebekah is quite literally practicing what she preaches. She’s studying culture and educational trends while she is also implementing truth and virtue-rich principles into the classrooms she helped build. She’s engaging legislators and educators in necessary discussions. She’s asking good questions and inviting open, honest, and implicational dialogue. She’s leading change. 

Abraham Lincoln once famously stated, “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” The ideas of today’s educators will be those of tomorrow’s legislators. This makes education reform essential. It makes the ideas we interact with critical. 

If we’re going to save the country, we must save the classroom. 

It’s why Education America is here. And it’s why Rebekah Hagstrom does the work she does. 

Marc Durkin

Show Host

Ever since picking up a pen and simulating his favorite childhood sportscasters, Marc Durkin knew he wanted to pursue broadcasting. Even as early as three years old.

As he grew, Marc’s broadcasting ambitions moved beyond sports. He knew that he needed to be a part of truthful, newsworthy story-telling. Over the years, he produced and created newscasts, delivering live reports from both the anchor desk and throughout communities of Minnesota and Nebraska. Much of his work in television involved key interviews in the political space, including countless elected officials like former MN Senator Norm Coleman, former MN Governor Jesse Ventura, former US House Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), former Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns, among others.

In 2016, Marc was invited to put his producing and news story telling skills to work for education by joining the radio program Education Nation. As producer and co-host, he found that the issues plaguing K-12 schools in Minnesota were also showing up across the country.

To help identify the problems and provide solutions on a national scale, Marc is excited for the launch of Education America and deeply appreciates the responsibility of informing listeners of the many troubling developments that have permeated American education.

His conviction, however, is balanced by his optimism. Marc believes that hope is always alive and he’s committed to using this platform to help Minnesota — and the nation — overcome the challenges that have gripped American education.

Marc lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and two children.