A public school teacher discusses NY education news, policy and politics in New York and beyond.
Anthony Weiner on the 1947 establishment of Israel
I asked Anthony Weiner about the 1947 creation of Israel. He recounted some history but at the very end admitted that Palestinians were displaced, claiming Israelis took any offer they could get and accepted any peace plan offered but claims the Palestinians said no.
I'm still curious what authority allowed the UN to create Israel without the consent of Palestininans....
Debating School Shootings the Day after Uvalde (Joe Piscopo Show AM-970)
Discussion of gun violence in schools the day following the massacre at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas
Call starts at 4:30 mark following a wide-ranging, unhinged rant by Piscopo invoking frequent right-wing themes about gun-grabbing, transphobia, rigged elections and leftist censorship, laying blame on Joe Biden, "Marxist" Democrats, Covid and Satan among others.
In the call, I describe the predictable repetition of these copycat massacres with mentally unwell 18-year olds easily obtaining assault weapons, the role of the media in publicizing shooters' manifestos, and the effect on young students in my classroom.
Piscopo seems to ponder red flag prohibitions on access to guns for "crazy" people, but continually mentions his doubts on gun restrictions because of potential civil unrest on the horizon. This is reinforced in a subsequent call at the 10:40 mark from a gun rights advocate who believes we are in the final stages of a Marxist insurrection which is "going to get really hot" and the massacres we're seeing in classrooms do not qualify as an epidemic. Followed by some final thoughts around the 13:00 mark.
Originally aired on The Joe Piscopo Show AM-970 on May 25, 2022. Show archive version:
Debating charter schools with Governor Patterson on "Rush Hour with Bo Snerdley"
James Golden, the longtime producer for the Rush Limbaugh Show, dubbed "Bo Snerdley", now has his own extreme-right talk radio show on WABC 770 AM, here discussing charter schools with former NYS Governor David Patterson until I call in with a few facts, explaining just how charter schools cherrypick students from public schools in violation of the 1998 state law that created them.
After cutting my audio, Patterson falsely claims the cherrypicking is no longer happening, but in fact it was just this past year Success Academy was found liable for millions in damages for discriminating against high-needs students. We also urge anyone still unsure of the way NYC charter schools rig the system to listen to this 7-part podcast series in which their former employees and parents describe the systematic exclusion of low-performing students: https://gimletmedia.com/shows/startup/v4he75
Interview with Jeffrey Greenberg for Clarkstown Supervisor in Rockland County, NY
Special candidate interview with business owner Jeffrey Greenberg, looking to unseat incumbent Republican Town Supervisor George Hoehmann in the Nov. 2, 2021 elections in Rockland County.
Outbreak Update - with union president Anthony Nicodemo on Westchester summer school closure - 7/30/20
We talk again with @coachnicodemo the president of the teachers union in Greenburgh-North Castle where more Covid-19 cases have ben discovered at Reach Academy summer school.
Though local media has reported six cases yesterday, including three teachers and three students, Coach Nicodemo tells us two more teachers have tested positive and there are two more student cases waiting for official confirmation, which will bring the total to 10.
Interview conducted July 30, 2020
Covid Response: Anthony Nicodemo, union president Greenburgh-North Castle district
Following the news a positive Covid test at the Reach Academy in West Harrison, New York's first in a summer school setting, we speak to the president of the teacher's union in the district @coachNicodemo about the surprising response by the Department of Health, the new operationalized guidelines, and the ramifications to the school community as fall approaches.
Recorded July 24, 2020.