Old Mole Variety Hour
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Joanna Trollope's novel Next of Kin is a family drama set on a small farm facing the challenges of surviving in a world dominated by agribusiness. Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden describes it as one of those rare books that "provide an oasis of hope and solace even while writing about an unpredictable and menacing world." Trollope is a member of the same family as the famous English author Anthony Trollope.
You can find an archive of Larry's reviews here.
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program deals with Israel's treatment of its Arab citizens, how oppression drives the oppressor mad, a rally in Portland against the privatization of city jobs and services, and a novel by British writer Joanna Trollope.
- Title: OMV 9_20_2010
- Length: 57:07 minutes (32.69 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)
Lawrence Davidson, historian of the Middle East, talks with Bill Resnick about the expulsion of a Bedouin community from the ancestral village in Israel, about the plight of Arabs within Israel, and how occupation corrupts and drives made the oppressors, and what can be done about it. Davidson supports a boycott of Israel like the one that toppled the apartheid regime in South Africa.
Music at the end of this piece is from this video.
Illustrating the point made in Bill Resnick's interview with Lawrence Davidson that the oppressor is driven mad by his role as oppressor, Clayton Morgareidge reads from George Orwell's account of how he lost his freedom when he served as a British colonial policeman in Burma in the 1920s. It's called "Shooting an Elephant," and you can read the whole story here. The music in this piece is from this video.