Bill Resnick talks with History Professor Patricia Schechter of Portland State University's faculty union, the American Association of University Professors, about why faculty are ready to strike after 10 months of bargaining. They discuss faculty stability, pay equity, and educator-led education and the importance of broad and lifelong learning and the liberal arts, as against administration focus on the needs of short-term business profit. Both students and faculty are in economically untenable positions, with mounting pressures and mounting debt. But students and faculty are in solidarity in supporting each other and the need for lifelong learning.
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)