Old Mole Variety Hour
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Frann Michel and Wendy Webb discuss Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's 2010 war-documentary, shot in 2007-2008, "Restrepo."
Restrepo is an Army outpost in Afganistan, named after a First Class Private medic who died earlier in the campaign. Junger and Hetherington, on assignment for Vanity Fair, were there embeded Second Platoon, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (airborne) of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in the Korangal valley. Frann and Wendy consider the directors' claim to making an apolitical film about the war.
Bill Resnick interviews Diane Ravitch about the subject of her new book, "The Death and Life of the Great American School System." Writing from decades of experience with testing- and market-oriented education policies --- originally as a proponent --- Ravitch argues that a dearth of evidence shows them to be abysmal failures that undermine the cooperation essential to a thriving education system. Perhaps more controversial is the critical lens she puts over charter schools, which in her assessment do not on the whole prove to be more effective than public-schools.
Diane Ravitch is a historian of education and former United States Assistant Secretary of Education, and is now a research professor at New York University.
- Title: Resnick & Ravitch
- Length: 16:08 minutes (9.23 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)
Joe Clement hosts today's membership-drive episode. Between pitching segments are discussions of privatizing education, the war-documentary "Restrepo," and the alternative mental health movement. Below are links to individual segements:
Sonia Nieto is an experienced teacher and the author of several books on public school education. In this conversation with the Old Mole's Norm Diamond, Nieto describes the challenges of educating and supporting good teachers as well as the contributions to teaching made by the magazine Rethinking Schools. Nieto is the keynote speaker for the upcoming Conference on Teaching for Social Justice, this Saturday, October 2.
High school students can learn to see the world through the eyes of indigenous people and other nations. Two Portland teachers, Julie O'Neill and Tim Swinehart, explain how role playing in the classroom can help young people achieve a broader perspective on global issues. Julie and Tim will be presenting a workshop at the 3rd Annual Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice this Saturday, October 2 at Madison Highschool.
Arne Duncan, Obama's Secretary of Education, and previously CEO of Chicago Public Schools, is a fan of charter schools. In this discussion with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick, Chicago journalist David Moberg describes the illusions and failures behind the charter school movement. Moberg writes for In These Times.
Norm Diamond hosts this edition of the Mole with a look at the opportunities and challenges for progressive, liberating eduation. Norm talks with two local highschool teachers about the use of role playing in helping students to see the world from the perspective of indigenous peoples. Educator Sonia Nieto discusses her work in encouraging and supporting good teachers. Well-read Red Frann Michel looks at Ethnic Studies week and the reasons for it. And Bill Resnick talks with journalist David Moberg about Arne Duncan, the Chicago Schools, and the limits of charter schools.
This program is a preface and invitation to the 3rd Annual Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice coming up this Saturday, October 2 at Madison High School.
Ethnic Studies Week October 1-7, 2010 is a nationally coordinated week of actions to defend ethnic studies and academic freedom. It was inspired by opposition to the May 11 passage of HB 2281 in Arizona banning ethnic studies in the AZ public schools and the May 21 passage of new social studies standards by the influential Texas State Board of Education. Well-read Red Frann Michel explains what ethnic studies is all about and how it is connected to other issues raised by reactionaries in these stressful economic times. You can read her remarks here on Frann's blog.
A Rally against the privatization of Portland city services and the farming out of jobs to private companies will be held on Wednesday, September 29, 4 pm at Chapman Square, SW 4th and Main. Wesley Buchholtz, shop steward for Local 43 and member of the bargaining council for the District Council of Trade Unions, (DCTU) talks here with the Old Mole's Denise Morris about the issues facing the city, its citizens, and its public sector workers.