TTT Sept 20-9AM: COMMON CORE CURRICULUM: What is it, and Do We Need It in Minnesota? KFAI-FM 90.3/106.7/Listen live at KFAI.org

A reminder that TruthToTell and CivicMedia are holding our first fundraiser this coming Wednesday, September 22nd from 7:00-9:00PM, hosted by Barbra Wiener and co-hosted by 36 Friends and Fellow Travelers*. Join us at the home of George Reid3114 W 28th St Minneapolis, MN 55416 View Larger Map for an evening of great food and fun - and a little more about the future of CivicMedia, TTT and First Person Radio, TTT's newest sibling. You can RSVP HERE. Hope to see you on the 22nd. Can't come? DONATE HERE or HERE. And thanks.

*See the list of co-hosts and supporters below:

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How should our kids learn their school subjects? The issue has been considered critical for educators and lawmakers across the country. Thirty-seven states have adopted the curriculum standards known as the Common Core standards. Minnesota, although having adopted the Common Core English Language Arts Standard (encompassing English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects), is among the few that has balked at fully adopting the part of the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice describing how mathematics should be taught, what students should learn and how their knowledge of these subjects should be measured as they head for graduation. Most parents and citizens know little, if anything, about these seemingly arcane discussions. We just want the kids to know what they need to know to enter college or get a job or understand the world around them and to live within in it.

But those reasons are precisely why all of us should wonder - and, perhaps, worry - how the kids are faring in learning these important subjects, and you should listen to the pros and cons of Minnesota's adopting the Math Standards, now.

TTT's ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN discuss the issues surrounding the Common Core with an advocate and a skeptic and an involved observer of the process Monday morning at 9:00.

Additional Resource: Australia's Open College System

MARI URNESS POKONORSKI – President, Minnesota PTA

ELLEN DELANEY – Associate Principal, Spring Lake Park High School

MIKE LINDSTROM – Immediate Past Executive Director, SciMathMN

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

CivicMedia/MN Executive Producer-Host Andy Driscoll looks at two more of four major community centers in Minneapolis and St. Paul which started life as Settlement Houses, where well-heeled families bought buildings, lived in poor neighborhoods and served their neighbors and new Americans providing opportunities to eat, play, gather, and learn how to be citizens, homemakers, and speak English, while preserving tradition, language and culture. LISTEN BELOW.

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GUESTS:

BARBARA MILON - Executive Director, Phyllis Wheatley Community Center

THEARTRICE "T" WILLIAMS, Past Executive Director, Phyllis Wheatley Community Center

ARMANDO CAMACHO - Executive Director, Neighborhood Houseaka, Paul & Sheila Wellstone Community Center

GILBERT DE LA O - Retired Youth Leadership Director, Neighborhood Houseaka, Paul & Sheila Wellstone Community Center


Monday, September 13, 2010

CivicMedia Executive Producer/Host Andy Driscoll looks at the first two of four major community centers in Minneapolis and St. Paul which started life as Settlement Houses, where well-heeled families bought buildings, lived in poor neighborhoods and served their neighbors and new Americans providing opportunities to eat, play, gather, and learn how to be citizens, homemakers, and speak English, while preserving tradition, language and culture. LISTEN BELOW to the Podcast/Audio File.

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Some called it Americanization (a good thing at the time-or was it?), some called it social engineering or control (always controversial), but Settlement Houses are celebrating yet another milestone with the 100th anniversary of Jane Addams’ biography, the story of the patron of Chicago’s Hull House among the great celebrated advocates of the East End London-born movement of 1880.

In this Part I, Andy speaks with key movers at Minneapolis’ Pillsbury United Communities (which combined Pillsbury House, Waite House and Unity House in Cedar-Riverside, South Minneapolis and North Minneapolis) and St. Paul’s Hallie Q. Brown Community Center – a tribute to St. Paul’s African-American leaders’ resolve to provide the same serves other settlement houses had provided for some 30-40 years, but had denied access to them.

In Part II, we hear from leaders at two other historic settlements – Phyllis Wheatley Community Center – the Minneapolis counterpart to Hallie Q. Brown – and long-lasting Neighborhood House, which started serving St. Pauls’ Russian Jews in the 1880s, became a Mexican centerpiece and evolved into a  durable community center serving all new Americans and always on St. Paul’s West Side.

On-air guests: 

TONY WAGNER - President, Minneapolis’ Pillsbury United Communities

JONATHAN PALMER - Executive Director, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center

DOROTHEA BURNS - Retired Associate Director, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center

TOM O'CONNELL - Historian and Professor of Political Science, Metropolitan State University

This MinneCulture Production is funded by a Legacy Amendment grant to KFAI and CivicMedia/Minnesota.

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TruthToTell and CivicMedia are having our first fundraiser Wednesday, September 22nd from 7:00-9:00PM, hosted by Barbra Wiener and co-hosted by 35 Friends and Fellow Travelers. The event will be held at the home of George Reid, 3114 W 28th St Minneapolis, MN 55416 View Larger Map. Please join us for an evening of great food and fun - and a little more about TTT and CivicMedia and First Person Radio, TTT's newest sibling.  RSVP HERE. Hope to see you on the 22nd. DONATE HERE or HERE. And thanks.

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Do Target and Best Buy serve as prime examples of why corporate donations to political campaigns may not be wise investments? Is the flap over donations to Republican Tom Emmer's campaign a short-sighted result of not thinking ahead to the effect on bottom lines and shareholder discontent, not to mention customer backlash.

This may be the first inkling of the fallout over the US Supreme Court's Citizen United decision granting corporations the freedom to donate directly to political campaigns, not just to independent expenditures and phony fronts that try to undermine candidate credibility.

TTT's ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN talk with proponents and opponents of the new campaign finance paradigm in light of public disclosures of corporate partisanship and the marketplace and public relations wisdom in using that new freedom to affect electoral outcomes.

Guests include: 

MIKE DEAN - President, Common Cause Minnesota

DAVID SCHULTZ - Author, Adjunct Professor of Law, Hamline University, Campaign Finance Specialist