Below are some excellent radio shows that have been dedicated to raising the voices of teachers and activists for public education. Check out these shows to hear conversations and perspectives that have been left out by the corporate media.
@ the Chalk Face: The Radio Show
Join Shaun Johnson and Tim Slekar Sundays at 6PM EST on Blog Talk Radio or listen to their archived shows. It’s a half-hour of progressive education talk. We’re sometimes edgy, sarcastic, and a tad cynical. No matter. You know this was missing from the conversation on education, anyway. Chat room for the show is always open and you can live tweet us during the show: @thechalkface and @slekar.
Education Radio features interviews, testimony and analysis on issues facing public education in the U.S. through the voices of teachers, parents, students, community members, education activists and education scholars. Education Radio is committed to exposing the profit driven interests fueling current education policies while addressing issues of true equity and access in public education. These 37 radio shows are highly instructive, and offer a thorough backdrop to the problems with corporate education reform and highlights some of the most prominent activists in the movement.
New Orleans Imperative
For the last four years The New Orleans Imperative with Raynard Sanders has played a critical role in educating parents, citizens, legislators, teachers, and staff on the performance, accountability, and equity issues facing students in the state takeover of public schools post-Katrina. The public school district landscape changed drastically as state officials began an experiment that took control of most of the public schools to create the first all charter public school district; with that New Orleans has the largest percentage of charter schools than any city in the country. This experiment has been lauded by state education officials and the main stream local media as a success with unprecedented student achievement. However just a cursory examination of the data reveals a much different reality, the schools taken over by the state in this experiment perform worst academically than any school district in the state of Louisiana. While the original intent of charter schools were to be inclusive entities that served all children, many charter schools in New Orleans are exclusive entities that selects students by class and race in a market driven system that ignores the fundamental value of public education; collective responsibility. Tune in: Mondays at 10:00 a.m. CST on WBOK AM1230, or on-line.
WeActEd – We Act Radio’s Education Town Hall Forum
The Education Town Hall with Thomas Byrd is the premiere Local Live Wire show on We Act Radio, WPWC broadcasting from Historic Anacostia in Washington, DC. The show is a weekly one-hour forum dedicated to every aspect of educating our children. Tune in: Thursday mornings at 11:00 a.m. EST on 1480 AM or on-line.
Z-Vision Radio with Faya Ora Rose Toure
Faya Ora Rose is a Harvard-educated civil rights activist, litigation attorney, and first African American female judge in Alabama. Toure has also been intensely active in education equity, particularly around tracking in Alabama and in visioning how schools can provide a holistic and humane environment for children. She calls for the establishment of a universal core curriculum that tells the truth about our histories and prepares all students to leave school with the critical capacities necessary to realize their full potential. Learn more about the Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee and listen to Faya Ora Rose Toure each morning from at 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. (central time) on WBFZ FM Radio.