Professional Wrestling, Education Gap, Fatherhood

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Rob Ferrett and Veronica Rueckert take a look at the world of professional wrestling, look at an achievement gap in Wisconsin schools, and get a lesson in fatherhood.

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  • Education Expert Says Wisconsin Needs Wider Education Policy Discussion

    New national test results show that Wisconsin has the widest achievement gap between white and non-white students.

    The information comes from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the nation’s report card. NAEP tests reading and math scores of fourth and eighth graders in public and private schools every two years.

    Steve Correia, an associate professor of education at St. Norbert College, said it’s important to look at the test results broadly.

    “It tells you a lot of information about the state. It doesn’t tell you any information about a particular school district,” he said.

    Correia specifically warned against blaming these test results on Milwaukee Public Schools.

    Correia said the NAEP results reflect a double-edged sword. On the one hand, white students are doing very well; but on the other hand, non-white students are performing worse than non-white students in other states. He said there are programs proven to help districts, but those programs will help students who are already performing well will increase their performance faster, while students who are struggling will get better slower. He said one academic plan won’t fit all students’ needs.

    “Wisconsin has some policy decisions to look at that will address the needs of these underrepresented groups,” he said. “There needs to be a broader policy discussion about how do we get all of these groups raised, or are we going to target the underperforming groups only, and it’s very difficult to do everything that you need to have done.”

    Correia said there is no simple answer.

  • Wisconsin: Widest Black, White Gap In Country For Reading And Math Scores

    National test results released Thursday show that Wisconsin has the widest achievement gap in the country between white and black students in math and reading. An education expert weighs in.

  • Hidden Wisconsin: Helping Fathers Become Better Parents

    In this week’s Hidden Wisconsin segment, Central Time gets the story of a fatherhood specialist–a Milwaukee man who shares his life experience and helps young men to be better fathers.

  • Life, Death and Professional Wrestling

    A writer takes an investigative look at the world of professional wrestling. He says the sport has had a profound impact on American culture, and its fans are a good natured bunch with keen intellect, and a sense of irony.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Veronica Rueckert Host
  • Galen Druke Producer
  • Chris Malina Producer
  • Steve Correia Guest
  • Rob Ferrett Guest
  • David Shoemaker Guest
  • Delvyn Crawford Interviewer