This week, I spoke with student journalists, a student activist, and a journalism teacher who were in Washington DC to cover and participate in the March For Our Lives. They critically evaluate media coverage of the movement and reflect on their roles.
This week, Carrie Neumayer talks about art education, making space for girls and gender nonconforming youth, the importance of music, and much more. But first, an update on SB1 (maybe it’s dead?).
Notes on Episode 19:
- Courier Journal: Pension reform unlikely to pass, says Stivers
- Courier Journal: Governor Bevin calls teachers selfish, short-sighted
- Girls Rock Louisville
- GRLCast, the Girls Rock Louisville podcast
This episode features the perspectives of Claire Johnstone and Forest Clevenger, two Louisville student March For Our Lives organizers. But first, an update on the West Virginia teacher strike, and some speculation about which state (or commonwealth) might be next.
Notes on Episode 18 & March For Our Lives:
- March For Our Lives website
- Louisville March For Our Lives on Twitter
- Courier Journal: What students and parents need to know about the walkout
- Associated Press: Student walkout poses balancing act for schools
- USA Today: Texas school district threatens to suspend students in walkout
- NY Times: South Dakota school cancels student walkout amid backlash
In this week’s episode: how do journalists cover different types of protests? And what does it mean for teachers and students to protest?
Notes on Episode 17:
- Bloomberg on West Virginia teachers wildcat strike
- Herald-Leader: Beshear says pension bill is illegal in 21 ways
- Jobe Publishing: Bevin offers $1000 if anyone can prove he said teachers hoard sick days
- Herald-Leader: Did Bevin accuse teachers of hoarding sick days?
- Brave New Films: Black Protests vs. White Riots
- PBS: The Eight-Hour Day and Weekend
- Emma González on collaborating with Chicago teens
Episode 17 photo by Hannah Phillips.
No guest this time. Again, this entire episode is devoted to school shootings; this time the focus is on the teen activists of Stoneman Douglas and the NRA’s responses to them.
Notes on Episode 16:
- Transcript of Emma Gonzalez and Dana Loesch on CNN
- Dana Loesch CPAC speech
- Justin Nix study showing unarmed blacks twice as likely to be shot by cops
- The media effects research of Travis L. Dixon
- Easy access to guns.
- Untreated mental illnesses (and the stigmas attached to them).
- Internet subcultures that cheer on would-be murderers.
- Aggrieved entitlement.
Notes on Episode 15:
- Gallup: Americans widely support tighter restrictions on gun sales
- Politifact: 90% of Americans support universal background checks
- Politifact: What we know about mass shootings
- American Mental Health Counselors: Myths and evidence-based facts about gun violence and mental illness
- NC State research: Mentally ill more likely to be victims, not perpetrators, of violence
- MSNBC “The Cycle” on aggrieved entitlement
- The Guardian interviews Michael Kimmel on aggrieved entitlement
The hour begins with another attempt to squash SCALA’s strawman depiction of their critics as indifferent to education issues.
Notes on Episode 14 & Attica Scott:
- Attica Scott on Twitter
- Attica Scott on Facebook
- Official Kentucky state legislature page
- Attica Scott on Billtrack50 legislation tracking site
- David Jones Sr in Courier Journal
- David Jones Sr in Insider Louisville
- Kelly Downard: SCALA critics are just jealous
The entire hour covers the ongoing attempt to delegitimize and defund public schools here in Louisville, Kentucky.
Notes on Episode 13 & Gay Adelmann:
- Gay’s Twitter account
- Dear JCPS
- Save Our Schools KY
- Insider Louisville: By invitation only: Meet Louisville’s power brokers
- Courier Journal: Denying secrecy, SCALA releases members’ names
- Insider Louisville: SCALA’s lack of diversity worries education, civic leaders
Everybody’s talking about “fake news,” but is this really a new problem that started with Trump and the 2016 election? We briefly look back at the long, ugly break-up between reality and its representation.
Notes on Episode 12:
- Facebook going after fake news
- Wired: Don’t trust Facebook’s quest to quash fake news
- NPR: France wants to fight fake news
- In These Times: Reagan’s lies
- Ron Suskind’s NYT Magazine story with the Karl Rove quote
- Citations Needed episode 18: Fake News Panic and the Silencing of Dissident Media
- On the Media’s Breaking News Consumer Handbook: Fake News Edition
- Helpful tips on discerning real from fake news, plus a list of unreliable news sources
Dr. Avery Kolers:
Are all charter school supporters really doing it because they care about educating all kids? Probably not. The show starts with a brief overview of the tax benefits that come with supporting charter schools.
Notes on Episode 11:
- Kentucky Department of Education charter school regulations
- Florida charter schools: big money, little oversight (Miami Herald)
- Why hedge funds love charter schools (Alan Singer)
- Why participating in hardcore/punk made me a better teacher
Dr. Robert Pennington:
- U of L faculty page
- Paper on “five non-negotiables” which I accidentally mischaracterized on the show. The five non-negotiables (or five essential features) are safe and respectful environment, instructional focus on communicative competence, instruction across a broad and age-appropriate curriculum, intensive delivery of explicit and systematic instruction, and ongoing evaluation of practice.
- Google Scholar profile
- Courier Journal story about Binet School student with broken legs
- Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting update on Gynnya McMillen
- Louisville Hardcore page