This edition takes a critical look at the phenomenon of bullying in our Kindergarten through 12th grade schools. My guest is Susan Eva Porter, Ph.D., author of Bully Nation: Why America’s Approach to Childhood Aggression is Bad for Everyone. Her book looks at the culture of fear created by the media, parents, educators, and the legal profession surrounding normal childhood aggression.
My guest on this program is Jal Mehta, Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research explores the underlying structures which shape American schooling, the cultural assumptions which underpin these approaches to education, and the consequences of decisions based on those assumptions for schools, teachers and students. He is interested in the policy and politics of closing the achievement gap that separates economically disadvantaged students and students of color from less disadvantaged students, and creating high quality schooling. His recent book is The Allure of Order: High Hopes, Dashed Expectations, and the Troubled Quest to Remake American Schooling.
On this program, we talk with two people in education about the Common Core State Standards (for Kindergarten through 12th grade), and associated testing, being rolled out in California and forty-four other states in the union. Dr. Joan Bissell is Director for Teacher Education and Public School Programs in the Chancellor’s Office of the California State University system. In addition, Deborah Sigman who Continue reading