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41 – American Education

American education used to be the pinnacle of the world, however in the last few decades it has steadily declined while the average cost per student has risen dramatically. Obviously there exists fundamental problems at the very heart of American education, but can they be mended through bold reforms?

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Show Notes

Readings of interest –

  1. https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamandrzejewski/2019/04/10/seven-troubling-facts-on-american-higher-education-you-probably-dont-know/amp/
  2. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/brown-center-chalkboard/2019/01/15/equal-opportunity-in-american-education/amp/
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Issue Brief, 8 – End the Anti-Vaccination Movement

Show Notes

Some important links below pertaining to the Anti-Vaccination movement.

1.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5489284/

2.https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/who-are-the-anti-vaxxers/amp

3.https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/3347503002

4.https://measlesrubellainitiative.org/anti-vaccination-movement/

5.https://amp.theguardian.com/cities/2019/mar/14/are-urban-anti-vaccine-hotspots-putting-children-at-risk

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23 – New York City’s Specialized Public High Schools

Show Notes – Timestamps, and links of importance to topics discussed in the podcast


00:28 – NYT “The Daily”, Why Did New York’s Most Selective Public Schools Admit Only 7 Black Studentshttps://castbox.fm/x/12srW
01:07 – SHSAT is the examination required to be admitted into the selective public schools.
01:26 – Part of the Scandal regarding the Specialized Public High Schools.
01:38 – Statistics regarding demographics of New York City Schools, https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/doe-data-at-a-glance
02:38 – Statistics regarding American education compared globally, https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/02/15/u-s-students-internationally-math-science/
07:22 – NYT “The Daily”, Why Did New York’s Most Selective Public Schools Admit Only 7 Black Students, time stamp for students who were not aware of the exam. “09:45”
09:57 – Change the nature of admitting students into these schools to stem inequalities and inequities.
13:05 – The mayor and his proposal to scrap the examination itself.
13:22 – My personal take on the proposal.
15:58 – Culture.
16:17 – Those against the change in the entry to these schools.
17:22 – What we should do to make the schools more equitable.
18:21 – Judge people on their character.
18:50 – A crisis of opportunity.
20:11 – Statistic regarding how many minorities are admitted into these specialized public schools, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/07/nyregion/admissions-specialized-high-schools-new-york.amp.html