Oct. 27, 2009. The Hetrick-Martin Institute. Education in France. Our Courts.

In education on October 8, 2009 at 8:56 pm
On the first part of today’s show, we’ll have a live interview with Thomas Krever of the Hetrick-Martin Institute.  Hetrick-Martin started as a small organization 30 years ago, and today is a leading provider of social support and programming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.  It’s also the home of Harvey Milk High School, the groundbreaking school for LGBTQ youth.  We talk with Thomas Krever about the community at Hetrick-Martin, and a little about Harvey Milk High School.  Visit their website at www.hmi.org.

On the second half of the show, we’ll listen to an interview with David Troyansky, a professor of history at Brooklyn College.  His teaching trajectory brought him from Texas to France and eventually back to Brooklyn, where he was raised.  Our conversation with Prof. Troyansky centered around his time in France.  While he taught in universities, his two young children attended several different schools in Paris and in the countryside.  We discussed his perspectives on French education, as an educator and as a parent.  This is part of our World Views Series.

We’ll end with a conversation about former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s latest project:  a computer game!  Justice O’Connor’s “Our Courts” provides a variety of games for teaching civics to young people. Abby Taylor from Our Courts joins us to talk civics 2.0.  To play the games and view information for both students and teachers visit www.ourcourts.org.


Music for today’s show by Paul Brill, Frustrator, Cirkestra, and Evil Art Form.


The World Views and American Views Series
Our World Views series features interviews with individuals who have been educated primarily abroad.  Most participants in the World Views Series have now moved to the U.S., where they are teaching, studying, working, or parenting.  They share with us their reflections on the widely varying experiences and schools they have encountered.  In our American Views Series, we dive into the experiences of individuals educated primarily in the United States.

Each unique educational biography is meant to provide a prism into the many meanings of education and how it shapes us as individuals.  These conversations are not meant to be sources of authoritative information on educational systems or statistics.

We invite you to respond to the interviews you hear by writing to us at bcthinktank@gmail.com.  If you or someone you know would be a good interviewee for either the American or World Views series, please contact us.


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