There is much to criticize in the Bush administration's education program "No Child Left Behind," a program what has been continued under Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. But what would a truly progressive education policy be like? What would be the goals and values of a school system that met the needs of students and their communties? Stan Karp talks on these matters with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Karp writes frequently for Rethinking Schools as their expert on federal education policy. Part One of this interview -- an examination of what's wrong with current policies -- can be found by clicking here.
What's wrong with Easter as celebrated in the US? "Easter… for most Christians, is about individual salvation not interpersonal solidarity. It is about personal resurrection from the dead not community restoration for the living. It is about an “open” tomb that is restricted. It is for believers only not justice for all. It is about eternity not ethics, about right belief not just behavior. It is about the resurrection of the dead not the living." But Easter should be about the resurrection of the living, and that means learning to live in peace and abstaining from war. Thus argues the Reverend William E. Alberts in this piece from Counterpunch read here by Old Mole Tom Becker.
What undermines academic freedom and intellectual inquiry in the University today and what can be done to defend them? Professor Cary Nelson, president of the American Association of University Professors, talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about untenured faculty afraid for their jobs and neo-liberal demands that education serve the economy. Nelson has laid out these concerns in a new book, No University is an Island.
Psychologist, Film Maker, and Old Mole Jan Haaken talks with Tom Becker about the Oregon State Hospital where she has been making a film, "Guilty Except for Insanity". How has the institution changed since "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was filmed there? Who winds up confined there, what is its mission, and what needs to be done to make it better?
For information on how you can see the movie this Sunday, April 11, in Salem, click here.
What should policies and goals should replace the test-and-punish approach of "No Child Left Behind"? How can academic freedom in the University be defended from what threatens it today? What does the story of Easter mean for the US at war in the Middle East? What's going on at the Oregon State Hospital nowadays? Tom Becker hosts the moles as they discuss these questions.