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.
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.
Ralph Prows, M.D., joins Abe and Joe to discuss the health impact of wireless communications.
Is your cell phone hazardous to your health? Is a wi-fi hub a public health menace? Ralph Prows, M.D., thinks so. Abe and Joe discuss the possible impact of Clearwire Inc.'s plan to install a wireless umbrella over Portland.
Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod speak with Dr. Oliver Fein, presidentof Physicians for a National Health Program, which is an organization of more than 17,000 doctors who advocate for single-payer Medicare for all. A general internist who is active in clinical practice, Dr. Fein is also professor of clinical medicine and clinical public health at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, where he serves as associate dean responsible for the Office of Affiliations and the Office of Global Health Education. Dr.
Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod host a discussion of the National Day of Action that calls on members of Congress to lead the fight against those blocking good jobs and a real recovery and demands that our safety net programs be protected from any cuts. Local activists from Portland Jobs with Justice will be the guests.
Former German central banker Thilo Sarrazin has provoked a heated debate in Germany with the publication in August of his book: Deutschland Schafft Sich Ab -- or Germany Does Away with Itself. In the book Sarrazin says Muslims are either unwilling or incapable of integration and that immigrants are more of a negative than a positive for the country. Politicians roundly condemned the statements, but some Germans say Sarrazin has publicly stated what many actually think. Host Miriam Widman discusses the book and immigration with Feridun Bek, a German of Turkish descent who is an auto industry executive now living in Detroit and with Sergey Lagodinsky, a Russian-Jewish immigrant to Germany who is a lawyer and member of the Social Democratic Party.
One Land, Many Voices welcomes Dr. Nada Elia and Dr. Jess Ghannam for an in-depth discussion of the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions movement that is taking hold here in the United States.
Dr. Nada Elia is professor of Global and Gender Studies at Antioch University, Seattle. A scholar-activist, she has published widely on resistance to institutionalized systems of oppression, and is a community organizer with INCITE!