School News

Podcast #258: What We’ve Learned From 20 Years of Zero Tolerance

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWARNING: Very strong language. Zero Tolerance policies penetrated American schooling in the early 1990s. A generation later, it could be argued that the verdict is on the effectiveness and damage of this approach. However, Zero Tolerance policies are now more destructive than ever, especially for poor and minority students. We covered this topic in depth in the Kids Are Not Defective series, but because this is still such an important issue, I wanted to use today's show to offer some effective talking points in your schooling vs. education discussions. The discussion is based around a policy brief from the Vera Institute called A Generation Later: What We’ve Learned about Zero Tolerance in Schools Look ...

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215: Viral Student Video Sparks Fake and Ephemeral Education Debate…Again

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA one-take recording of a message to Jeff Bliss and students like him everywhere: schooling is not education Jeff Bliss Video: Texas High School Student Demands An Education Read More here... The "fortress" Video: Please Support the Show, Help Us Grow, and Get Hundreds of Hours of Bonus Content! Click Here to Join the A/V Club Thank you.

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131 (School News! #8): El Cambio and Occupy Education

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopic: Shane James, one of the founding members of El Cambio (which is allied with the Occupy Movement), joins me to discuss a recent walkout at his high school, and the response from police and administrators. We also discuss the goals of his activism, the meaning/purpose of education, and the Occupy Movement. And I try to sprinkle a few seeds. Bumper Music: "Necessary Trouble" Hard-Fi Look Closer: Attack Dogs used on a High School Walkout in MD http://www.thomhartmann.com/bigpicture/attack-dogs-used-high-school-walkout-md School Officials, Students Spar in Northwestern Protest Debate http://riverdalepark.patch.com/articles/school-officials-students-spar-in-northwestern-protest-debate#photo-9319654

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111 (School News #7): Community Outraged By Teacher Who Tells Kids the Truth

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFrom the New York Post (which is not a good newspaper): Elementary School Teacher Tells Kids There's No Santa Claus By Todd Venezia and Jennifer Bain Even the Grinch wouldn’t be this mean. A sourpuss teacher in Rockland County ruined Christmas for a class full of second-graders this week, when she told them that there is no Santa Claus during a lesson about the North Pole. The evil educator even told the youngsters — mostly 7- and 8-year-olds — that the presents under their trees were put out by their parents, and not St. Nick. Read More here... Video:

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089 (School News #6): Force Feeding…For the Children

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this show, I go nuts. The catalyst was an article called "Chicago school bans homemade lunches, the latest in national food fight". Discussed: -The government invites you to think less and depend more -The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Bumper Music: "Urgent" Foreigner "I Want To Know What Love Is" Foreigner Look Closer: Michelle Obama's America: Chicago School Bans Bag Lunches to Protect Kids from Themselves http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2011/04/11/michelle-obamas-america-chicago-school-bans-bag-lunches-protect-kids-the Horrifying! Chicago School Bans Home Lunch... http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/10439-horrifying-chicago-school-bans-home-lunch-to-force-kids-to-eat-healthy-school-lunch Legislating Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids: Did Everyone Miss the Point? Legislating Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids: Did Everyone Miss The Point?

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074: Police State Pupils – Acquiescence and Aggression

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe news over the last month has been interesting... The invasive TSA. The emerging snitch society. The calls for the execution of Julian Assange. Surprised? Outraged? Juxtapose today's current events with your childhood experiences. Were you expecting some other social or political reality? Today's show is a renewed call to strike at the root of the acquiescence and aggression making it all possible. Bumper Music: "Paper Planes" M.I.A. Look Closer: History of the Income Tax in the United States http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0005921.html Moms angry over swats: 2 students at City View get spanked http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2010/dec/11/moms-angry-over-swats/ The School Crotch Inspector http://reason.com/archives/2008/04/02/the-school-crotch-inspector#commentcontainer Pay Your Income Tax: 1943 Disney Propoganda http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00u6qUelp6c Michigan high school students terrorized in police-state security drill ...

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051 School News! (#4b): The Mainstream Media: Parrots On the Shoulders of Pirates

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMost of this show was my original attempt to begin the Kids Are Not Defective Series, but it just turned into a rant about the mainstream media. A couple months ago I decided to watch a little cable news. MSNBC to be precise. They were running a story/series called "V Is For...Violence." It focused on the inability of adolescents to handle the stimulation they get from the technology of today. From Scientific American: Bully or Victim? More Similar Than We Might Think Michael Moore interviews Marilyn Manson, Bowling For Columbine "The case against adolescence: rediscovering the adult in every teen" By Robert Epstein

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050 School News! (#4a): Warning Signs of Violence To Come

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPart one of two somewhat related installments. With all this concern about the violent behavior of teenagers, and subsequent crackdowns, would you be surprised to learn school administrators are actually encouraging even more widespread aggression. How about mandating it? JROTC obligation is stirring discomfort From mysanantonio.com By Lindsay Kastner - Express-News

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042 School News! (#3): School District Sues Taxpayers To Stop Questions

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPicture: The primary lesson of public school politics. Congress, Ariz. school district sues taxpayers to stop questions Mark Flatten Goldwater Institute Watchdog Report March 10, 2010 The Goldwater Institute Watchdog Report is a periodic publication intended to identify government corruption and waste and to hold politicians and public agencies accountable to taxpayers. A handful of taxpayers in a small community north of Wickenburg, Arizona are being targeted by the local school district in a lawsuit that asks a judge to declare they have no right to request public records, sue the district, or complain to outside agencies. The Congress Elementary School District claims that past efforts by these residents to obtain documents such as ...

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039 School News (#2): Too Fat To Fight

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPicture: Hey kids! The military wants you to know that if you eat right and exercise, a nice box like one of these could have your name on it one day. School lunches called a national security threat! Retired military officers say kids are growing up too pudgy for service WASHINGTON - School lunches have been called many things, but a group of retired military officers is giving them a new label: national security threat. That's not a reference to the mystery meat served up in the cafeteria line either. The retired officers are saying that school lunches have helped make the nation's young people so fat that fewer of them can meet the ...

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032 School News! (#1): The Pledge of Xenophobia and Intolerance

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPledge of Allegiance Apology Will Come From Montgomery Teacher By Jenna Johnson and Michael Birnbaum Washington Post Staff Writers Thursday, February 25, 2010 A Montgomery County teacher has agreed to apologize to a 13-year-old student whom he reprimanded and sent to the office for twice refusing to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance, said a lawyer who represents the student. Read More Here Are people outraged at the teacher? Or the student? The answer...will not surprise you.

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