Scholastic Magazine was forced by activists led by our guest Bill Bigelow to take down its 4th grade curriculum created by the coal industry -- but this just the tip of the iceberg of corporate influence over what kids learn in school. Old Mole Laurie Mercier talks with Bigelow, a long time Portland teacher and writer on education, about corporate influence in the classroom. Two of his articles on this topic have appeared in Rethinking Schools, here and here.
Host Ashley Thirstrup interviews Ted Rutherford from the Texas Association Against Sexual Violence about his work as the Youth Outreach Specialist. He provides training and technical assistance to participants in the Texas PEACE Project, a program to engage and support youth activists and their adult allies who are working for equality and social change to prevent sexual and dating violence.
More information about the project can be found here, including how to get a similar project started in your area!
"Unlimited Visibility," a history of The Washington State School For the Blind, tracking the school’s 125 year history and an overview of the evolution of education of blind children in Washington State. The book is available in large print and Braille from:
We talk with Zita Holburne from BARAC - Black Activists Rising Against Cuts - in the UK. You'll also hear from anti-fascist organizer Weymann Bennett and family members of people who have died in police custody in Britain, organizing for justice and police accountability.