"This American Life" Goes To School

NPR’s Ira Glass started out as an education reporter in Chicago, you may know, and he’s always had a soft spot for education stories.

This week, his TAL show is focusing on a middle school:  “This week, at the suggestion of a 14-year-old listener, we bring you stories from the awkward, confusing, hormonally charged world of middle school.”

Here’s the teaser audio.  Hope they do a good job.  Can’t wait to hear it.  Meantime I’m calling around to see if I can get any details about the show’s focus, the school focused on, etc.


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  • The stories were good, but lacked a diversity of SES, it seemed.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    here's the link for anyone who hasn't heard it yet


  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    looks like chicago principal marian strok (evergreen academy) is featured in this section of the NPR show


  • Interesting update at Catalyst on police and security staff in the schools. Apparently, CPS's Crawley is surprised by principals' response. http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/notebook/2011/10/28/citing-safety-most-high-schools-keeping-police

  • Catalyst: "The costs of police officers became a hot one this summer when suddenly the cash-strapped school district was asked to fork over $46 million in backpay to the Chicago Police Department. According to officials, the Chicago Police Department had provided the officers at a discounted rate for more than two decades. Then suddenly demanded that CPS not only pay the full price of $25 million in 2012, but also pay back expenses incurred for the past three years.

    "Though he wasn’t in CPS when these previous deals were made, and admitted he didn’t know the rationale for it, Cawley said the district had no choice but to make the back payment of $46 million to the police department because 'it is the right thing to do.'"

    Really?! No choice? Seemed to me there was a choice. A contract was in place right?

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    Longer school hours, larger class sizes, and less and less security - way to go Crowley! - so listen up teachers - they took your raise, they fired your teachers, they increased your class sizes, their taking your pension, their increasing your hours, and giving themselves fat raises - just keep taking this crap - I'm sure things will soon get better!

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    The right thing to do Mr. Cawley would be to move into the city.

  • That's right, you security-mooching little kids - the free ride is OVER. The hard-working citizens of Chicago are SICK of you sucking up city services , resources and money that should be going to - oh, yeah. The schools.
    Never mind.

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