Education

Rent Control Town Hall

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Thu, 03/05/2015
The Portland branch of Socialist Alternatives hosted what was billed as a Rent Control Town Hall meeting at First Congregational Church in downtown Portland last night.

Activists, public servants, civil rights organizers, and concerned citizens all came to discuss the serious issue of rising rent costs and gentrification that is reshaping Portland.

KBOO’s Ethan Martin spoke earlier today with previous Mayoral candidate Nick Caleb about the evening’s discussion.
5:14 minutes (4.79 MB)

Airport Workers Hold Teach-In on Hazards

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Thu, 03/05/2015
Workers at the Portland airport held a ‘teach-in’ at the airport today to demonstrate the hazardous conditions they encounter at work.
The workers have recently filed complaints to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration against Prospect Airport Services – a contractor at PDX Airport responsible for providing cabin cleaning and other services.
At the teach-in, workers showed what it’s like to clean airplane toilets with substandard equipment.
They also provided  visual examples of the makeshift solutions they are forced to implement in lieu of adequate supplies. 4:01 minutes (3.68 MB)

Spare the Rod, Spare Ourselves

program date: 
Mon, 02/09/2015
Beliefs about child rearing come from the same root as beliefs about social welfare. Clayton Morgareidge discusses differing views about whether children should be fed and comforted on demand or on a schedule. Since psychologists now say parents should attend to their children and not leave them to cry, this has implications for meeting the social needs of everyone.  7:05 minutes (4.87 MB)

Amy Pearl Interview

program: 
Between Us
program date: 
Fri, 01/23/2015
Amy Pearl is the Executive Director of Springboard Innovation, rebranded as Hatch Innovation, a 10-year old non profit that is essentially in the business of building businesses. She was the driving force behind the Community Public Offering, an idea whose implementation by the Oregon Division of Finance and Corporate Securities leap-frogged over statute to become administrative law. As a surprise to everyone, this shortened its implementation from 18 months to three.  Its purpose is to let Oregonians invest real money in real businesses. It's not crowdfunding. And although it is conceptually simple, the devil is in the details. Don Merrill talked with Ms. 28:05 minutes (25.71 MB)

JoAnn Hardesty Interview

program: 
Between Us
program date: 
Fri, 01/23/2015
Depending on who you talk to, longtime Portland activist JoAnn Hardesty's installation as president of the Portland NAACP is either a blessing or a nightmare.  This local civil rights icon's assumption to the office was compared by one post to the impact of an incoming artillery shell.  Don Merrill talks with Ms. Hardesty about how she's focused on helping the organization renew its tarnished image by cleaning house, setting new standards and following the first rule of getting yourself out of a hole; stop digging.    
29:59 minutes (27.46 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 12, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 01/12/2015
Old Mole Variety Hour
Bill Resnick hosts this episode, with the music of Phil Ochs, and segments on Charlie Hebdo, the Greek left, Teach for America, Studs Terkel, Property and the police state.  Find us on Facebook or Twitter, and friend or follow us for updates and other stuff we like to share. Send us comments, suggestions, questions, or your ideas for contributions you'd like to make at oldmolevarietyhour-at--gmail-dot-com. To hear the whole show, click on the play button below.
54:55 minutes (25.14 MB)

Don't Teach for America

program date: 
Mon, 01/12/2015

Frann Michel reviews the criticism explaining why Teach for America is bad for those who teach in it, bad for the students they teach, and bad for public education in the United States. You can find a longer version of her comments, with links to sources, here .

8:15 minutes (3.78 MB)

WRR: Against Teach for America

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It has come to my attention that not everyone has heard the criticisms of Teach for America that have been raised in recent years. Since the end of this month marks one of their due dates for applications, I want to take this opportunity to advise those considering applying for the program, or considering writing recommendation letters for those who are applying, to think carefully about these critiques, which argue that the program is bad for those who teach in it, bad for the students they teach, and, most persuasively to my mind, bad for public education in the United States.
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