education

Your Call: Weapons of Math Destruction

Nov 23, 2016

On the November 23rd edition of Your Call, we’ll revisit our conversation with Cathy O’Neil about her new book Weapons of Math Destruction. 

 

On the November 17th edition of Your Call, is it time for a charter school moratorium?

Sarah Tan

In a fourth grade class at Buena Vista Horace Mann in the Mission district, the school’s ten-year-olds are learning Common Core math. They’re practicing multiplying double-digit numbers. But it’s not in the way you’d think, because they’re learning it entirely in Spanish. This year, California voters will be able to decide if programs like this can be started elsewhere, with the passage of Proposition 58.

Do you think voting should only be the right of citizens? Prop N would give non-citizen families the right to vote in certain elections — San Francisco school board elections — as long as they have a kid in the public schools.

ELECTION BRIEFS: SF Prop B - Tax dollars to CCSF

Oct 29, 2016

Proposition B would provide tax dollars to support City College of San Francisco until 2031.

It's no secret that the community college district has been through a lot recently: First a loss of major state funding, then the threat of losing its accreditation.  Enrollment dropped from 100,000 to 60,000 and staff salaries fell way below other districts.

ELECTION BRIEFS: SF Prop A - School bonds

Oct 29, 2016

Since 2003, San Francisco has approved almost 700 million dollars worth of bonds to pay for school improvements. Proposition A would issue bonds worth another 750 million dollars. Where would that money go?

About one in five public school students in California is an English Language Learner. So, is it outdated to still believe that public schools should teach in English?

Photos courtesy of Joan Blades and John Gable/modified from original size

Liberal activist Joan Blades co-founded MoveOn.org, Moms Rising and Living Room Conversations and has teamed up with Republican John Gable

Philosophy Talk: John Dewey and the Ideal of Democracy

Sep 27, 2016

John Dewey is regarded by some as the American philosopher. 


Photo courtesy of Diamond Davis

    

Football players from Mission High School in San Francisco made headlines across the country when the team, as a unit, refused to stand for the national anthem, in protest against the oppression of people of color in the U.S.

Photo courtesy of Alicia Reyes

 

The Alameda County Bookmobile tours the county with books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and most everything else you can find at your local library. 

 

San Francisco schools have a problem. With just over a week left before kids return to the classroom, the district doesn't have enough teachers to teach them.

Daily News Roundup for July 13, 2016

Jul 13, 2016
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Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area as curated by KALW news: 

San Francisco To Vote Nation’s Most Strict Styrofoam Ban // ABC 7 News

“San Francisco lawmakers are poised to give final approval to what will be the strictest ban in the nation on Styrofoam products.

The View From Here: Class dismissed

Jul 12, 2016
Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio

One out of four adults in California is a high school dropout. Class Dismissed takes an up-close look at the crisis through the lives of four young people from the Central Valley. The stories reveal what's at stake for their future and ours.

Daily News Roundup for Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Jul 12, 2016
"Oakland, California," by Flickr user Sharon Hahn Darlin, used under CC lisence / cropped and resized

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Oakland: Company laundered campaign donations to mayoral, council candidates // East Bay Times

Hannah Kingsley-Ma

 

In 2014, media attention was white-hot on Central American children crossing the border alone. Though the headlines have since died down, the migration — and the gang warfare causing it — has not.

Ninna Gaensler-Debs

Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School is the only non-charter public middle school in Bayview-Hunters Point. Sixty percent of the kids in the school’s inaugural sixth grade class live in the neighborhood. 

Hana Baba

This is a field trip.

East Bay school kids going to the California Academy of  Sciences - pretty typical, right? Wrong.

This is the weekend school of the Sudanese Association of Northern California, or SANC, where Sudanese kids come every Sunday to learn their parents’ mother tongue and immerse themselves in Sudanese poetry, folklore, music, and spirituality.  Even this bus ride from San Leandro to San Francisco is a cultural lesson in disguise.

On the April 21st edition of Your Call, Dr. Monique W. Morris joins us to discuss her new book “Pushout, the Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools.” 

Jo Boaler- Revolutionizing Math Education 

There is a STEM teacher shortage in K-12 education--resulting in an education gap that may leave many students under-prepared for our increasingly tech focused economy.

Daily News Roundup for Monday, January 25 2016

Jan 25, 2016
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Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:

San Francisco to Expand Health Insurance Support // New America Media

"The cost of living in San Francisco is so distorted that several thousand city residents who became eligible for health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act almost two years ago still go without insurance, forgo care they need, or use free services intended for the poor.

Angela Johnston

It’s the end of the week at Laurelwood Elementary, and the kids in Katy Howser’s kindergarten class are getting a quick lesson about bugs before they clean up and go home.

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In 2014, the annual mean wage an American teacher made was a little over $57,000 a year.

Teacher pay in the Bay Area is higher than the national average, and salaries vary depending on where you're located: This year, a teacher in Oakland can make up to $83,000 a year, whereas the same teacher can go to Hillsborough and make up to $124,000.

Stevie Evans has been a special education teacher for four years.

“I feel like when I first started this job, I was just thrown into the lions den,” she says. “I mean, I came into teaching through teach for America – and they really prepare you well for teaching.”

How much of those "self-help" resources are helpful if you're in the middle of a millennial life crisis instead of a mid-life crisis? 

What if you could take a year off between high school and college to figure out how the world works, and your place in it---before moving into that Freshman dorm? 

Nicole West

 

 

It’s a sunny, April afternoon at Richmond College Prep School. Around 20 fourth graders fidget at their tables near their outdoor garden. Each table is covered with placemats, bowls, cutting boards, and a recipe.

Your Call: Who's in charge of America's schools?

Oct 21, 2015

  On the October 21st edition of Your Call, veteran education journalist Dale Russakoff joins us to discuss her new book The Prize, Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools? 

Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar

Oct 13, 2015

Carol Kocivar talks today with Michael McFarland, the Student Member on the California State Board Of Education.

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