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The Highlighter Podcast #5:

History Teacher Erin Brandvold

favicon It was a big delight to speak with History teacher Erin Brandvold this week. Erin is an excellent teacher, teacher-leader, instructional coach, and fitness guru.

We chatted about “Fear and Loathing in Homer and Rockville,” a fascinating episode of This American Life that I highlighted in last Thursday’s issue of the newsletter. It’s a story of a man in a small town in Alaska who researches his stance about immigration for an upcoming vote on a local measure.

I’ve decided that Erin should have her own podcast — that is, after she keeps teaching her students like the star she is, and after she completes half marathons and five-minute planks as part of Teacher Beasts.

Please take a listen and enjoy. Also, if you like the podcast, please feel free to subscribe!

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Thank you, and see you next Sunday night for the next episode of the podcast! favicon

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Please listen: “How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By Individual Choices,” featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones

favicon Nikole Hannah-Jones is my favorite journalist and my second-favorite famous person (after Bryan Stevenson). Here she is being interviewed by Terry Gross for Fresh Air (~45 mins) about school segregation and her article, “Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City” (from Extras #46). Ms. Hannah-Jones argues that segregation will continue to exist in our country “as long as individual parents continue to make choices that only benefit their own children.” (Want more NHJ? Check out Extras #47, Extras #65, and Extras #4 — her gut-wrenching This American Life piece from July 2015.)

“One of the things I’ve done in my work is show the hypocrisy of progressive people who say they believe in equality, but when it comes to their individual choices about where they’re going to live and where they’re going to send their children, they make very different decisions.”

You can read the article here: http://j.mp/2jejEqu. There’s also a chance that it’ll be included in Iserotope Extras, a weekly email digest that includes my favorite articles about race, education, and culture. Feel free to subscribe! favicon

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This American Life on youth violence

favicon Many people have written about the two-part series on Harper High School in Chicago. It’s excellent, particularly the second hour. Please listen, even though it might take some time, especially to the last two or three segments. You’ll get good insight into a school community trying to keep its students safe from violence.

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This American Life 474: “Back to School”

talfavicon I’m not always a big fan of This American Life. But Ira Glass nailed last Sunday’s episode, “Back to School,” and I recommend that you listen to its entirety.

It’s about pretty much every important topic concerning education today. It’s about teaching and testing, about the effects of poverty and whether we can do anything about it, and about the importance of teaching character to build resilience.

Plus, the episode introduced me to Paul Tough’s new book, How Children Succeed, and to Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, who works in the Bayview here in San Francisco.  They’re both inspirational.

Please listen to the episode, and if you do, let me know what you think in the comments! favicon

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Mike Daisey: The importance of teaching the truth

favicon Today, This American Life retracted its radio show that included an excerpt from Mike Daisey’s monologue about working conditions at Foxconn, a partner of Apple Computer.

Mike Daisey lied and fabricated large parts of his story.

Like all liars and fabricators, Daisey is fascinating — and very disturbed. In an interview with Ira Glass, Daisey hems, haws, gets trapped, pauses for way too long, apologizes, rationalizes, and finally defends his monologue as theater.

Daisey — and his fellow fabricator-plagiarists Stephen Glass and Jayson Blair — all have one thing in common. They’re talented people who deceive because they’re afraid they’re not good enough. More problematic, they don’t think they’re hurting anyone.

I used Daisey’s monologue with my students. They were blown away. They listened carefully, and they still remember some of the details.

The problem is, Those details aren’t true. And I’m afraid that when I tell my students about Daisey’s lies, they won’t care.

I’m afraid they’ll say the same thing Daisey says: The overall story is true, and you have to do what you have to do to get your story out there so people will care. favicon