11/23 - Teachers

Nov 23, 2015
  • A woman on a mission to make the teaching profession glamorous once again.
  • We visit a housing complex in Santa Clara, designed specifically for teachers.
  • A peek into a special education class in Oakland.

Your Call: What pressures are teachers under today?

Sep 11, 2014




On the September 11th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Dana Goldstein, author of The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession. The book chronicles the history of teaching in America and how it impacts current teacher struggles. With federal governments, parents, and school reformer groups telling teachers what to do, how does it affect teachers’ ability to actually educate? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.



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Current Pope Francis has famously said about homosexuality, “who am I to Judge?” But despite his progressive words, the Roman Catholic church does not exactly embrace the cause of same sex marriage.

On today’s Your Call, we’ll discuss how colleges are hiring part-time teachers to save costs, and what impact it has on education. Adjunct teachers now make up 50 percent of higher education faculty. Many receive no benefits and are paid poorly, with no chance of job-security or tenure. What happens to students when their teachers are contractors, not full-time professionals? And how are adjuncts organizing for change? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Holly Kernan and you.



For those who do have little ones, the Bay Area has a lot of preschools for you. There are close to 200 in San Francisco alone. And that’s not even counting Head Start programs, which operate in all 50 states. 

Many people believe that Head Start was America’s first government-run educational program for young children. It launched in 1964. But World War II actually produced an earlier model, right here in the city of Richmond.

East Bay Express: Teachers financing guns

Jan 28, 2013
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The state teachers' retirement system is attempting to divest itself from a company that finances the manufacture of assault weapons like the one used at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But even if it does, it still won't be out of the gun business.

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with educators as they prepare to return to the classroom. With California facing another $20B budget short fall, what are teachers facing this year? If you are a teacher, how are preparing to go back to school and what are you facing? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. How has teaching changed because of budget cuts? What are you doing to support teachers? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


A new report from the legislative analyst's office shows California will have to pay more than $700 million a year to cover costs on nearly $10 billion in high speed rail bonds...



On today's Your Call we’ll talk about education success stories.  With another round of severe budget cuts and a heated debate about education reform led by corporate funded think tanks, we’re taking a step back to talk about what’s actually working in our schools. Smaller class sizes? Textbooks that are more relevant to everyday life? More support for teachers?  Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. What works in your local schools?  It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.