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Thursday, March 10, 2011
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Last week the Los Angeles Times published its damning series about waste, shoddy workmanship and shady financial dealings in taxpayer-financed construction projects in the Los Angeles Community College District. That alleged wheeling and dealing was made possible by a series of voter-approved bond measures that sent $5.7 billion from tax payers to the Community College District. Yesterday in a letter to faculty and staff, LACCD Chancellor Daniel LaVista admitted to some of the district’s failings and promised to recoup some of the lost money and revamp broken systems. How deep did the problems run, and how much of the total cost to taxpayers can be recouped?
Daniel LaVista, Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District
1:42:30 – 1:54
“Big History” project aims to make traditional classroom curriculum a thing of the past
In high school we took a history class, a science class (biology, physiology, or chemistry), a geography class and perhaps some kind of religious or cultural anthropology class. Four different disciplines, four different classes, four different teachers, four different sets of curriculum. But what happens when elements of all of those classes overlap, and instead of getting one big, comprehensive view of how the world works, students are left with fractured lessons and materials? There is an experiment that is about to launch in a few 9th grade classrooms across the country, in schools that will come from rich and poor school districts and include private schools and magnets, that might radically change the way high school curriculum is shaped. Called the Big History Project, with the backing of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, it’s an introduction to the big ideas of methods of science and history, packaging the big ideas of the cosmos and the history of the human race into one lesson plan. It could revolutionize the way we teach high school…will it work?
Robert Bain, chair of secondary teacher education & associate professor of educational studies & history at the
2:08:15 – 2:19:30
Sharkfin soup bill bites back
Conservationists and some Chinese American leaders are clashing over California Assembly Bill 376, which would ban the possession and distribution of shark fins throughout
Assemblyman Paul Fong, D-22nd District (
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Just Cook for a Just Cause – a young man’s recipes help the homeless
Thirteen year old Patrick Minassians and his eighth grade class were challenged by their teacher to ‘pay it forward’ by finding a concrete way to help their community. Patrick, who loves soccer and math, also has a passion for cooking. As his mother Mary puts it, “He is simply obsessed with good food, good recipes and healthy eating. He is my little nutritionist.” And so Patrick put the two together – the challenge and his skills in the kitchen - and collected 50 family recipes into a cookbook which he sells online, with the proceeds going to Union Station Homeless Services in
PATT: Patrick has raised $2,000 to date, and the first run of the book is sold out. They are currently ordering more. If you would like to purchase one of Patrick’s cookbooks, you’ll find a link on the Patt Morrison page at KPCC – DOT – ORG. All purchases will help Union Station’s programs for their homeless community members.
Patrick Minassians, student at Flintridge Prep. His cookbook is Just Cook for a Just Cause.
Rabbi Marvin Gross, CEO of Union Station Homeless Services, the largest social service agency in the
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