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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.