This episode of the Old Mole is hosted by Frann Michel, and features discussions of uses and misuses of media representations--of Gaza (including failures of the mainstream media and the power of visual images), of public education (including misleading stories about charter schools and what makes learning possible) , and of science-fictional futures. The episode includes musical clips from M1 All Stars, Barbara Dane, and Michael Franti & Spearhead:
Bill Resnick continues his conversation with Gwen Sullivan and Elizabeth Thiel of the Portland Association of Teachers. They discuss the importance of teachers' academic freedom to design classes tailored to the needs of their diverse students, as well as the importance of making sure that funding allocated to education is actually spent on classroom learning. They dispel common misconceptions about charter schools and public schools, and describe what professional development should mean, and what it often means in practice. The discussion concludes with the recognition that to improve education we need to end poverty and inequality, and that this will entail teachers coordinating with other unions and other movements.
17:47 minutes (8.14 MB)
Portland's teachers recently won a contract with the School Board enabling them to turn more of their attention to their work. Two leaders of the Portland Association of Teachers Gwen Sullivan and Elizabeth Thiel talk with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how this came about with help from students and their families. Part 2 of this interview, in which Gwen and Elizabeth discuss how Portland's teachers will be able to use their improved position to better educate children, will be aired on next week's Old Mole. 23:54 minutes (16.41 MB)