1:06 – 1:18 - OPEN
1:21 – 1:39
Professor: Don’t waste your time on math!
One of the great galvanizing experiences of American youth is griping about algebra. Even if you displayed an aptitude for it, the majority of us who learned it never saw a practical use for it, and never pursued it in any remotely professional manner. Algebra has grown from a mere mathematical discipline into a larger symbol for academic rigor for academic rigor’s sake. There are millions of successful American professionals who do not use algebra to maintain their success, perform their jobs, run their lives, or anything else of consequence. Yet no one proposes that the teaching of algebra should go away. Until now. Professor Andrew Hacker writes in a recent edition of the New York Times that algebra and math erect an unnecessary impediment to educational success to many students. Professor Hacker says because of this, algebra specifically, and mathematics more generally, need not be universally taught in schools.
Guests: [ALL UNCONFIRMED]
Andrew Hacker op-ed writer, New York Times
Valerie Strauss, rebuttal op-ed from the Washington Post
TBD, UCLA mathematics professor
1:41:30 – 1:58:30
Emotional abuse as damaging as physical abuse to kids
In the latest issue of child health journal Pediatrics, researchers claim that psychological and emotional abuse can be just as damaging to children as physical or sexual abuse. The mental abuse identified by the researchers includes terrorizing, belittling or neglecting a child, according to the researchers. "We are talking about extremes and the likelihood of harm, or risk of harm, resulting from the kinds of behavior that make a child feel worthless, unloved or unwanted," Harriet MacMillan, one of the researches on the study, said to TIME. In their Pediatrics study, researchers said that 8% to 9% of women and 4% of men in the U.S and Britain reported severe psychological abuse in childhood. But the signs of psychological abuse can be tough to identify for those who work in children’s health industries. Unlike physical abuse, which could show visual signs or have events that pediatricians and health workers can identify as abusive, emotional abuse tends to be much more vague and nebulous, and instead usually involves a deeper relationship between a child and parents.
2:06 – 2:19
Democrats consider making same-sex marriage an official campaign issue
Two months after President Barack Obama reversed his position and personally endorsed same-sex marriage, Democrats appear closer than ever to including it in the party’s official platform. Party officials approved the first step at a meeting over the weekend in Minneapolis, and the entire platform committee will vote on the issue in two weeks. If approved, the vote moves to the convention delegates in Charlotte, N.C. for final approval. The proposed platform language includes a condemnation of the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. What do you think of this potential move? Could it alienate some in the party but attract other undecided voters? Considering Obama's competition with Republican contender Mitt Romney, do you think this would this help or hinder the Democrats’ campaign?
2:21:30 – 2:39 – OPEN
2:41:30 – 2:58:30
Dumbing down the Olympic Opening Ceremonies
NBC’s co-hosts for the Olympic Opening Ceremonies on Friday night, Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer were tasked with coming up with witty banter for an hours-long television broadcast that a billion people were watching. Some aspects of Britain’s big Olympics show contained elements of the country’s history that were likely lost on most viewers, like the British National Health Service fever dream segment. But it was Vieira’s repeated admissions that she didn’t know anything about a given aspect of director Danny Boyle’s elaborate production that drew the ire of many viewers. When Lauer described the effect of using small screens at every seat in the stadium as pixels that turned the entire venue into a giant screen, Vieira replied, “One more thing I don’t understand.” Vieira is no idiot, and both she and Lauer undoubtedly had a staff present to make them look sharp on-air, so why would a host play dumb in front of a billion people? How do television personalities pander to large audiences?
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