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Dr. Pedro A. Noguera On Charter Schools & Public Education Nationally

October 13, 2015 Rick Reinhard via Flickr

Marc speaks with Dr. Pedro A. Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education at UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, as we continue our ongoing discussion on the issue of public education and charter schools.

Listen to part two of our conversation here

What Should The Role Of Teachers Be In Our Education System?

Role of teachers in education systemJanuary 9, 2015 – Hour 2

We bring an insightful and informative panel discussion that we recorded last month at the Maryland State Education Association‘s 2014 Education Policy Forum in Annapolis. Three dedicated and enthusiastic educators talked about what the role of teachers should be in our education system.

With: Sean McComb, High School English Teacher in Baltimore County and 2014 National Teacher of the Year; Jose Vilson, Middle School Math Educator in New York City and author of This Is Not a Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and the Future of Education; and Jody Zepp, High School Government and Psychology Teacher in Howard County and 2014-15 Maryland Teacher of the Year.


Public Education: Protesting the MSAs & Impact of Chicago Teacher’s Strike

Chicago Schools StrikeMarch 13, 2014 – Segment 3

We turn to the topic of Education, as we hear from students who have written poems to protest the Maryland School Assessment, or MSA, tests. Our guests will include: Peter French, middle school Social Studies and Reading teacher at City Neighbors Elementary/Middle School; and Allure Cooper and Luca Schmidt, 7th graders at City Neighbors, who will read poems they wrote about the MSA tests.

Then, we take a look at the 2012 Chicago Teachers’ Strike, with Micah Uetricht, Online Editor of Jacobin magazine and Author of Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity. This Sunday, March 16, Uetricht will present “Strike For America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity” at 6:00pm at Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse.


Discussion of the Common Core Curriculum

Common Core CurriculumDecember 5, 2013 – Segment 2

We begin our show with a discussion of the Common Core Curriculum. Our guests are: Dr. Sandra Stotsky, former member of Common Core’s Validation Committee (2009-2010) and Professor Emerita of Education at the University of Arkansas; and Dr. Morna McDermott, one of the administrators for Opt Out and co-organizer of Occupy the Department of Education.

There will be a Common Core Forum hosted by the PTA Council of Howard County (PTACHC) and the Howard County Education Association (our teacher’s union) on Sunday, December 8th from 5pm – 8pm in Fulton, Maryland. The event will be held in the auditorium of Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Road, Fulton, Maryland.


Common Core: Is It Needed? & How Do We Implement It?

Common CoreSeptember 30, 2013 – Segment 1

Our first topic today is the Common Core, educational standards intended to bring curricula that vary from state-to-state into alignment with one other. We begin our conversation by examining the theory behind Common Core and then move into a discussion of its implementation. Our guests are:

  • RiShawn Biddle, editor of Dropout Nation, an education reform magazine;
  • Mike McShane, education research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute;
  • Dr. Neal P. McCluskey, Associate Director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute;
  • Kalman “Buzzy” Hettleman, former Baltimore City School Board member;
  • Dr. Morna McDermott, one of the administrators for United Opt Out and a co-organizer of Occupy the Department of Education;
  • and Lynette Guastaferro, Executive Director of Teaching Matters.


Education Roundtable: State Standardized Tests & Common Core Curriculum

Maryland State Assessment ResultsJuly 30, 2013 – Hour 1

We host an education roundtable of guests to discuss whether there should be a moratorium on state standardized testing, and debate the coming Common Core curriculum. Joining us will be:


Chicago & Baltimore Dialogue On The Future Of Education

Chicago Public Schools, School ClosingsJuly 26, 2013 – Hour 2

We open a dialogue between two cities facing tough decisions on the future of education and schools: Chicago and Baltimore.

Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that 50 schools in the district will be closed, and Baltimore City’s plan for the coming decade includes closing underutilized schools and placing emphasis on renovations and new school construction. We open the conversation with the situation in Chicago with:

Then, Stacy Davis-Gates and Elaine Weiss talk to Dayvon Love, Baltimore City Schools teacher and Director of Research and Public Policy of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, and Carol Reckling, a founding member of the Baltimore Education Coalition and Executive Director of Child First, about the similarities and differences between what is happening in Chicago and Baltimore.