• 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?

  • 00:31

    Public vs Private Schools

    in Finance

    Does it ever make good financial sense to pay for private school? This week the Divas debate the pros and cons of private vs public. Let's see if we can change your mind.

  • 00:18

    Mobile Technology in K-12 Schools: What You Need to Know!

    in Marketing

    Rapid expansion in adoptions and use of mobile devices in schools has the potential to impact almost every aspect of education. A new report, "Mobile Technology for K-12 Education," sponsored by mobile learning company, Amplify, and conducted by education market research experts at IESD, reveals details about the current status of mobile technology in our schools. The question is, what are publishers and developers who serve the school market doing in terms of their product marketing plans and their sales approaches as we move away from the a textbook centric K-12 sales environment to an environment where smartphones, tablets, and other mobile computing devices are the primary delivery envelope? Host Glen McCandless asks K-12 market researcher, Jay Sivin-Kachala, of IESD, to provide his perspective.

  • 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!?

  • 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


  • 01:27

    Minneapolis Public Schools don't alert parents about abductions

    in News

    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



    NAIS President John outlines  the upcoming National Conference in Boston....and the role of independent schools in American education

    Presented by LISTEN CURRENT

    @listencurrent @listencurrent.com

  • 00:29

    Norfolk Public Schools and sexual harassment of students

    in News

    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? 

  • 01:01

    "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?

  • 00:16

    Social Networking in Schools – Can Schools Demand Passwords

    in Legal

    Employers are not the only ones demanding social media passwords – schools are doing so too.  There has been lots of media attention about this – resulting in a surge of legislative activity on the issue.  In Illinois, a new law went into effect this year allowing school officials to have access to passwords to students’ social media accounts in certain situations.  The concern, of course, is how this impacts a student’s right to privacy under the Constitution and state laws.  This podcast with Kelly Anderson will explore the new law and how it could affect your children.

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