• 00:30

    Has Public Schools Failed in United States of America

    in School

    Public education in poorer urban and rural areas is in crisis. Too many of the students are dropping out well before high school graduation. Too many are receiving high school “certificates of attendance” that do not certify academic confidence in basic subjects. Too many are being left unprepared for the world of work. Too many are being left unprepared to go on to higher education and advanced technical training. We are condemning the American society to the perpetuation of inequalities across lines of race, ethnicity, and class that we've been struggling to overcome in recent generations. The disparities in education concord with racial inequalities and socioeconomic class in America. The present system leaves a substantial portion of America behind. School problems are reflected in student apathy, student absenteeism, student disrespect for teachers, and student tardiness. Behaviors and attitudes of students are problematic particularly in the “senior high school level”. Restoring safety and discipline and backing up teachers who are determined to maintain discipline in their classrooms  are imperatives to recruit and retain high quality teachers. 

    Everyone I know see “No Child Left Behind” as a detriment to the public education environment. There is lip-service to reforming “No Child Left Behind” policies, but the focus in education continues to be in the testing process. The conversation about education is really about who will be part of the intellectual capital of this nation. Who will have access to the resources that that intellectual capital commands? Who will have access to the marketplace? And how will they access that marketplace? All of this is predicated on who has computers and uses technology now. Who is becoming technologically literate?

  • 01:27

    Minneapolis Public Schools don't alert parents about abductions

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    There is a white male, maybe more than one abducting little black girls in Minneapolis. Co-host Ronald A. Edwards called the Minneapolis Public Schools and asked why an “AMBER ALERT” or “ROTO-CALL” was not done. School officials said it did not meet the threshold. The Minneapolis and St. Paul Public Schools have failed children of color one to many times. Join us as we talk about education, some history about Minnesota and current events.

  • 00:43


    in Education


    Starlee Coleman formerly of The National Public Charter Schools Association  has set me up with Bob Bowdon who is an expert on school choice  and runs "Choice Media' and we are going to discuss the stae of Philly and I don't mean Pennsylvania. I'm a K-12 grad of Philly Public Schools and we'll get some good insights from Bob.

    Thanks Starlee!?

  • 00:29

    Norfolk Public Schools and sexual harassment of students

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    Education reporter Cherise M. Newsome joins Pilot Radio to discuss a federal investigation that found Norfolk Public Schools negligent in handling complaints in middle and high schools about sexual harassment and treatment of students with disabilities. Newsome was first to break the story about the investigation, which concluded earlier this year. School leaders heard about the results in May, but not the general public. The Pilot published her story Sept. 27 after Newsome obtained a copy of the report from the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights. On Sunday, The Pilot is scheduled to publish Newsome’s exclusive interview with the family that spurred the investigation. 

  • 02:01

    Did Integrating Our Public Schools Help Eliminate Racism?

    in Women

    Movies like "Selma" and "The Help" generate a lot of conversation among whites and blacks about racism in the past and how far we've come since then. The push for school desegregation in the 1950's was for the purpose of making sure all students received the same high quality education, and also to remove barriers of fear and hate between races of people. The question is, did it work? Are whites who went to integrated schools noticeably different in attitude than those who went to all white schools? Are blacks who went to integrated schools better equipped to interact intellectually and socially with whites than those who did not? Was school integration a benefit or not? If school desegregation was a successful strategy to create racial harmony, where and how did the adults today get indoctrinated with the philosophy of white supremacy? 

  • 01:02

    Religious Schools, Religious Rules

    in Education

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    There are few experiences like attending a religious elementary school, high school or university.  Some religious institutions of "learning" are mild, moderate and relatively benign.  Others operate like puritan prisons.  And the strict (and often bizarre) rules imposed by these schools can be interesting, entertaining, and often alarming.

    This show features the experiences and stories of those raised in religious school environments.  Have something you want to share?  Email podcast@thethinkingatheist.com


  • 00:31

    The Minnesota Vikings vs The Washington Redskins week 9 2014

    in Football

    The Minnesota Vikings defeat the Washington Redskins yesterday 29-26 in a battle of NFC teams. Matt Asiata scores three touchdowns and Teddy Bridgewater throws another TD to tigh end Chase Ford to conclude the scoring. The Vikings spoil the return of RG3. The Vikes offense comes alive in the second half.

  • 01:01

    "What can be learned from the most effective district & charter public schools?"

    in Education

    How might charter schools become more diverse?
    How might district & charter public schools work together?
    What are some strengths and shortcomings of the charter public school movement?
    Are there important differences between being forced to attend a school because of your culture, and being given options including the option to attend a school with people who mostly represent your culture?
    What are key features of Higher Ground Academy that has led it to being name one of Minnesota's outstanding public schools by US News and World Report.
    What can be done to encourage more high school students to take dual (high school/college) credit courses?

  • 00:31


    in Education


    Nina Rees, President and CEO of The National Alliance of Public Charter Schools on state rankings in the charter school universe. Nina's always terrific to have on.

    www.publiccharters.org   @ninacharters

    Presented by TRIUMPH LEARNING

    www.triumphlearning.com  @triumphlearning

  • 00:32

    Minnesota Vikings vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10/26/2014 week 8 NFL

    in Football

    The 2-5 Minnesota Vikings battle the 1-5 Tampa Bay Bucs, week 8 of the NFL season. Half way through the season and these two teams are trying to stay alive in hopes of making the playoffs. I did type that (make the playoffs) with a straight face. The loser will more then likely kiss the playoffs good bye, while the winner probably can too. Both teams aren't playoff ready at this time of the season and I dont see either team playing in Jan.


  • 01:01

    NWP Radio—Future Ready Schools

    in Education

    NWP is a coalition partner of Future Ready, an initiative by the US Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education. But what does it mean to be "Future Ready" for your site and school communities? This NWP Radio episode is meant to support sites in understanding the goals of Future Ready for districts and to hear from NWP educators across the country who are working on local, state, and national levels to craft system-wide approaches to professional learning as schools adopt new technology. Our guests include:

    Zac Chase (ConnectED Fellow, U.S. Department of Education)
    Janet Ilko (Teacher-Consultant, San Diego Area Writing Project)
    Kim Douillard (Director, San Diego Area Writing Project)
    Bud Hunt (Instructional Technologist and Teacher-Consultant, Colorado State University Writing Project)
    Joe Dillon (Instructional Technologist and Teacher-Consultant, Denver Writing Project)
    Bob Jobin (Program Associate, National Writing Project)

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