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History, Wisdom and Hope for America’s Future
Robert Woodson (@BobWoodson), Founder and President of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise and Jeffery Sikkenga (@AshbrookCenter), Executive Director of the Ashbrook Center join Reality Check to talk about the state of our nation, civics and education across America, why it’s important that we do better in and out of the classroom and how the Constitution and First Amendment need to be read and understood more widely, especially in this unprecedented season of unrest around the world.
Now What? Podcast with the Pioneers
Kicking off the 4th season of Reality Check, Jeanne Allen talks with the leading pioneers of education opportunity whose work inspired the many transformative changes happening today about having a new president, new legislators, new everything. Listen to the inspiration of these five leaders who made choice famous, from AZ to DC, from the Badgers to the Wolverines: Lisa Graham Keegan, Kevin Chavous (@kevinpchavous), Howard Fuller (@HowardLFuller), J.C. Huizenga (@nhaschools), and Mickey Revenaugh (@mickeyrevenaugh)
How to Help Parents and Students Cope As Education Changes
Social worker, author and professional psychoanalyst Erica Komisar (@EricaKomisarCSW) joins Reality Check to discuss the latest findings on the condition of schoolchildren and their emotional, social and mental well-being throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and how parents and others can best support their young ones in these trying times. Thanks, doctor!
The Stakes are Too High
A look at Chicago, unions, kids and the future of schools post Covid.
A well-known former Superintendent of major city school systems, the wonderfully outspoken Paul Vallas (@Paulvallas) joins Reality Check to discuss what to do in today’s unprecedented education environment — including where and whether parents should have a say, what the unions are doing and how he thinks other districts educators behave. Not an episode to miss!
Special Back-to-School ACTION Series Edition: 'What Parents Want'
Back to School season is usually filled with hope and promise and excitement over another milestone. But this year, Covid has created disruptions in how we do school and many districts and schools still have not finalized their opening plans. While stories abound about parents and their travails, few are asking the big question – What do parents want? Covering that question and more on this special edition of Reality Check are Colleen Dippel, Founder and CEO of Families Empowered (familiesempowered.org), Houston, TX, Janelle Wood, Founder, Black Mothers Forum (blackmothersforums.com)and Microschool Partnership, South Phoenix, AZ, and Keri Rodrigues, Co-Founder and Founding President of National Parents Union (nationalparentsunion.org), Boston, MA.
Watch this and more of CER's ACTION Series at https://edreform.com/covid-action/videos/
Seth Andrews on His New College, Degrees Of Freedom
Seth Andrew (@SethAndrew) founder of the Democracy Prep charter school network and the social venture incubator Democracy Builders, joins Reality Check remotely to discuss newest endeavor, a college called Degrees of Freedom (degreesoffreedom.org), providing a hybrid late high school, early college experience for students who are low income and the first in their families to attend college. Listen for more!
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Steve Forbes is spot-on!
Listen to an old-school Republican telling it like it is on school choice, flat tax, entitlement reform, elminating bureaucrats, and why a stable currency is vital. He's got some very interesting ideas on education: Why not focus on 1 subject at a time in order to let it set in? Don't take off the summer so that you can finish college in 3 years?
This post may be the only Black History you will find in ‘Reality Check’
Big Reality Check for Jeanne Allen. February is Black History month. When did American education not include Blacks or African Americans? How do you propose to reform education when you are not even saying anything in your descriptions about the black population and its role in the education of America?
Try searching for Black History Month material on the Reality Check with Jeanne Allen website on ApplePodcasts- you will find nothing, as well as no 'African American’ mentioned. Neither will you find Hispanic or immigrant.
In the January 26th episode, she says “all sorts of ideologies and beliefs” in the same conversation as “the stuff that happened over the summer.” Your guest speaks about ‘weaponizing race’ and then goes on to say that there is no single black community but both those concepts apply both ways to more than just the Black or African American race. Some people will be for a cause, and others will not care at all. Candor and honesty matters most when paying attention to all sides. Having a black principal or black teachers does not mean that the school district is run by blacks. How can you even start accusing them of not doing their best within the confines of their school district’s limitations?
Throughout the episode, so many ideas were discussed with only one side being addressed. Entertain a larger and more diverse set of guest speakers. One black guest speaker does not represent the whole black community, as he said himself.
I went into the podcast hoping to hear about a variety of solution to help fix public education but all this podcast seems to be is propaganda for school vouchers and charter schools. There really hasn’t been any talk about actually fixing public schools it’s been more about how we should pull away from them, not a fan.