Theodore Sizer is chairman of the Coalition of Essential Schools and the author of "Horace's Hope: What Works for the American High School." Drawing examples from a typical American high school, Sizer tells Judith Strasser that the American educational system demeans teachers and is in need of comprehensive reform.SEGMENT 2:
Civil Rights activist and teacher Bob Moses is back in the classroom with "The Algebra Project." Moses tells Steve Paulson that mathematical literacy is crucial to young African Americans if they are to realize their economic potential, and that math can and should be made fun and relevant to the students' lives. Also, Jan Arnow tells Steve Paulson about her work in schools teaching tolerance and conflict resolution. Jan Arnow is the author of "Teaching Peace: How to Raise Children to Live in Harmony -- Without Fear, Without Prejudice, Without Violence."SEGMENT 3:
Jane Tompkins teaches English at Duke University. In this conversation with Jim Fleming, she recalls her own school days and how her experience led her to revolutionize her classroom technique. Jane Tompkins' book is called "A Life in School: What the Teacher Learned."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 09-8-A.
Peter Berg explains to Judith Strasser why the watershed is the logical way to define a region or a community. Berg is director of the Planet Drum Foundation in San Francisco. Also, legal scholar Charles Wilkinson tells Steve Paulson that it was the massive damming and diversion of water that created the American West as we know it, and that it's time to reconsider the claims on this precious natural resource. Wilkinson is a law professor at the University of Colorado.SEGMENT 2:
Novelist Ivan Doing talks about his latest - "Bucking the Sun" - with Jim Fleming. The novel tells the story of the construction during the Depression of Montana's Fort Peck dam.SEGMENT 3:
Environmental Engineer Alice Outwater tells Jim Fleming that the real engineering geniuses of the natural world are the beavers, prairie dogs and buffalo. Outwater is the author of "Water: A Natural History." Also, naturalist Jerry Dennis tells Steve Paulson that there's still a lot humans don't know about water. Dennis is the author of "The Bird in the Waterfall."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 9-8-B.
Journalist Nora Sayre grew up with the whole New Yorker crowd - Edmund Wilson, James Thurber, E.B. White and Dorothy Parker socializing in her parents' living room. She tells Judith Strassser that they were not interested in politics, but that she herself later witnessed the terrible hardship created by the blacklists of the 1950s. Sayre teaches writing at Columbia University and is the author of "Previous Convictions: A Journey through the 1950s."SEGMENT 2:
Gordon Lunen tells Jim Fleming how his anti-fascist background led him to become involved with a group of Canadian government scientists who passed information to the Soviet Union. Lunen spent five years in prison and takes full responsibility for his actions, but has no regrets about opposing fascism or helping a country that was, at the time, an important military ally. Lunen's autobiography is called "The Making of a Spy: A Political Odyssey." And, Stanley Kutler tells Steve Paulson about the case of Beatrice Braude, (pronounced Brody) who was never a spy but lost her government job and was lied to about it for years by the U.S. Government. Kutler teaches history at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and tells Beatrice Braude's story in a book called "The American Inquisition."SEGMENT 3:
Artist Judy Chicago talks with Judith Strasser about breaking into the art world in the 1960's; her development as a female artist; and the prospects for real critical and social acceptance of women's art and imagery. Judy Chicago has published "Beyond the Flower: The Autobiography of a Feminist Artist," and an illustrated commemorative volume called "The Dinner Party."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 9-8-C.