Apr
11
2014

Phyllis Bennis on Afghan Elections, Alfie Kohn on The Myth of the Spoiled Child

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CBS told viewers the recent presidential election in Afghanistan was a major victory for the US military. The idea that 12 years of war and occupation have gifted that country with peace and stability is shaping up as the line of the day in US media. Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies has a different take.

And author Alfie Kohn talks about his new provocative new book, "The Myth of the Spoiled Child," which argues that much of the conventional wisdom about children and parenting is just wrong.

Mar
21
2014

Sarah Jaffe on NY Charter Schools, Carla Murphy on FCC Diversity Study

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Coverage of the "tug of war" between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo over charter schools tells us more about political alliances than it does about education. And what's the real story behind the right's claim that the White House was planning to send government monitors into newsrooms?

Aug
23
2013

Gary Younge on 'I Have a Dream,' Susan Ohanian on Common Core

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Media are flooding with coverage commemorating the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s iconic 'I Have a Dream' speech. But corporate media's King says more about their own self-image and desire for 'post-racialism' than about King's actual ideas or the actual state of U.S. race relations. We'll separate myth from reality with Gary Younge, author of the new book, The Speech: The Story Behind Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream.

Also on CounterSpin today, media tell us that the new Common Core educational standards are opposed by a frightening coalition of critics on the left and right. Like many of the debates over public schools, Common Core is made to sound like common sense: Let's set higher standards and help America's schoolchildren succeed. But what’s obscured by that picture? We'll talk to education writer and activist Susan Ohanian.

Jan
11
2013

Diane Ravitch on Michelle Rhee, Siva Vaidhyanathan on Google

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PBS Frontline took a look at the record of "school reformer" and media darling Michelle Rhee. We'll get a reaction from Diane Ravitch. And a government anti-trust investigation of Google seems to be over. Siva Vaidhyanathan talks about the company's dominance--and what it means.

Jan
01
2013

Lost in Translation

The Quebec student strike in Anglo-American corporate media

"It's a Student Strike, It's a People's Struggle," reads the banner. (Photo cred.: legrandecart.net)

When Quebec students went on strike last spring in protest over an announced 75 percent tuition hike—part of a package of austerity measures by Quebec’s provincial government—U.S. media paid scant attention. The six-month-long strike was the largest and longest student strike in North American history; hundreds of thousands of Québécois repeatedly took to the streets, with thousands arrested. Yet the strike elicited not a single story from any of the three major U.S. broadcast networks, PBS NewsHour or the Washington Post. In Morning Edition’s sole story on the Quebec student movement (5/15/12), NPR’s David Greene characterized the protests against the […]

Nov
02
2012

Bill McKibben on climate catastrophes, Diane Ravitch on education & the election

A Hurricane Sandy-interrupted edition of the show. With travel and power problems in New York City, this week we bring you two recent interviews from the CounterSpin archives. Also this week: One major issue where the candidates' views overlap is education policy.

Nov
01
2012

Not for Teacher

Journalists take sides in Chicago strike

Chicago Teachers Strike Sept. 2012--Photo Credit: Firedoglake/Wikimedia Commons

Among corporate media pundits, hostility towards teachers’ unions spans the ideological spectrum (Extra!, 9/10). And in supposedly straight news reporting, the policy goals of corporate “reformers”―support for charter schools and teacher ratings based on standardized test statistical models―are treated as common sense instead of contested and controversial. So when the Chicago Teachers Union went out on strike this September, it was never in doubt which side the corporate media would take. The story of Chicago, as they framed it, was that well-paid teachers in an underperforming, cash-strapped school system wanted more money, and opposed any attempt to hold them accountable […]

Sep
14
2012

Kevin Kumashiro on Chicago teachers' strike, Rose Aguilar on poverty reporting

Photo: firedoglakedotcom / Flickr

This week on CounterSpin: The biggest fight the striking Chicago Teachers Union face is with the school district and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel. But the story has exposed, once again, that corporate media have little good to say about organized teachers. We'll talk to Kevin Kumashiro of the University of Illinois-Chicago about what the fight in Chicago is really about. Also on CounterSpin: In a campaign in which economic issues play prominently, the issue of poverty, affecting huge numbers of Americans is almost totally ignored: A new FAIR study finds poverty has been discussed in just 0.2 percent of campaign […]