Teddy Keizer is a seventh generation progressive Oregonian who grew up in conservative Coos County and is running for Oregon's 42d House District seat which serves Southeast and Northeast Portland. He talked with Don Merrill about the ongoing effort to reform the Portland Police Bureau, his desire to change what people think when they hear the word "politician" and why working for quality health care for all Oregonians will be one of his major efforts. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all candidates for the 2014 election to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.
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Bill Resnick talks with Bob Peterson of Rethinking Schools. They discuss the capitalist agenda to remake education into a business and why it isn't working. They consider ways that teaching has to connect to children's real lives, which standardized testing makes impossible and real teachers employ at the risk of retaliation.
Last week on the Old Mole, Bill Resnick and Hyung Nam discussed corporate power and education. Reporting on her experience in Mountain View, California, Ren Green recalls how Google's tax exempt status led to the closing of schools for lower income, mostly Latino people. 3:38 minutes (2.09 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with local education activist Hyung Nam about high stakes testing in US schools. Hyung talks about how he was threatened with firing from Wilson High School for asking critical questions about high stakes testing, but also for raising other critical questions about teacher's academic freedom. Hyung explains how business interests are driving "education reform" to turn education into a business. This is happening, he says, in the broader context of capitalism's perpetual crisis (stagnating wages, recessions, collapsing tax bases, etc.), which is transfered to the sphere of education in terms of greedy or lazy teachers. 20:17 minutes (18.57 MB)