S INCE 2008 Oregonians have had the opportunity to preregister to vote at age 17.
The sooner young people become engaged as voters, the more likely they are
to vote the rest of their lives, not to mention become active and engaged
members of their community.
Democracy Cup brings civics straight into junior and senior classrooms,
lunch-hours, and school wide assemblies in order to meet young Oregonians where they are and get them set on the course to being lifelong citizen leaders.
Interview by Laurel, KBOO Youth Collective. 6:24 minutes (5.85 MB)
Bill talks with Kate Barnes, a student at Cleveland High School and activist with the Portland Student Union. They talk about what's ailing Portland's schools from the student perspective (something the mainstream media does not cover) and how they are struggling alongside their teachers for the schools our kids (they) deserve. 7:26 minutes (5.1 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Elizabeth Thiel, a Portland Public School teacher and parent, about recent contract struggles. They talk about why they wanted to go on strike. She says teachers want to maintain and increase their ability to their job well. This means smaller classes, reduced workload, no more wasting money on consultants, more wrap-around services for creating education equity, challenging the standardized testing paradigm that subverts the teacher autonomy.
Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear a double report from Portland Public School teachers and student activists, a review of the fiction of Anita Brookner, as well as a discussion about the politics of Pete Seeger and his music.
55:05 minutes (37.82 MB)