This microcosm of the national conversation over public education displayed media’s predictably narrow parameters of debate, between a corporate reformer and a moderate (but still charter-friendly) liberal.
Two white public figures square off in managed debate
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.
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?
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.
The Quebec student strike in Anglo-American corporate media
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 […]
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.
Journalists take sides in Chicago strike
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 […]