Show Archive – May 7th, 2012

7 audio clips available

Today’s topics and guests:

  • Rich continues his in-depth discussion about the controversy at Bedford High School, HB 1403, and the IB (International Baccalaureate) program. Tune into this fascinating expose, and don’t forget to vote in our Poll Question regarding this topic!
  • The pink slips went out in Manchester on Friday, and Rich discusses the buzz surrounding the Union meeting scheduled for today, as well teachers and the City budget.
  • <p >Carolyn McKinney, Chair of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, called in to discuss her and the caucus’ opposition to the house “compromise” language that would undermine local control of education. Tune in for the details of this important discussion.
  • Jane Aitken, a retired teacher and education advocate, came on the program to comment on the IB (International Baccalaureate) in Manchester schools. In this interview, she gives listeners a brief biography, and then discusses how today’s learning methods are becoming “constructivist.” Kids are “constructing” their own learning path, and teachers are becoming the “guide on the side.” Is this the appropriate way to teach children their basic and essential skills? Who or what is the international baccalaureate? What legislation on the topic is pending up in Concord? Tune in to find out the answers. For Jane’s blog post on HB 1403, go here. For more information on the IB program, visit www.ibo.org. Also, visit the AskIt site for IB here, see the radical math that might come from this, and understand the IB lingo!

Show Archive – May 7th, 2012

7 audio clips available

Today’s topics and guests:

  • Rich continues his in-depth discussion about the controversy at Bedford High School, HB 1403, and the “IB” program. Just what is the house bill they hate all about? Tune into this fascinating expose, and don’t forget to vote in our Poll Question regarding this topic!
  • The pink slips went out, and Rich discusses the buzz surrounding the Union meeting scheduled for today, as well as other issues surrounding teachers and the City budget.

  • Carolyn McKinney, Chair of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, called in to discuss her and the caucus’ opposition to the house “compromise” language that would undermine local control of educ
  • Jane Aitken, a retired teacher and education advocate, came on the program to comment on the IB (International Baccalaureate) in Manchester schools. In this interview, she gives listeners a brief biography, and then discusses how today’s learning methods are becoming “constructivist.” Kids are “constructing” their own learning path, and teachers are becoming the “guide on the side.” Is this the appropriate way to teach children their basic and essential skills? Who or what is the international baccalaureate? What legislation on the topic is pending up in Concord? Tune in to find out the answers. For Jane’s blog post on HB 1403, go here. For more information on the IB program, visit www.ibo.org. Also, visit the AskIt site for IB here, see the radical math that might come from this, and understand the IB lingo!

Hour Number One

 

To begin the show, Rich tells our listeners about the recent changes to our website, and says that there’s a special announcement coming later this week that our website’s “members” will find very valuable. Becoming a member is easy, so do it now! Plus, after driving throughout the city, Rich highly recommends watching Mike Egan’s recycling tote video to make sure you’re placing your blue tote in your driveway the correct way. Right before the break for news and sports, Rich notes that “the pink slips went out” in Manchester on Friday, and he briefly discusses the buzz surrounding the Union meeting scheduled for later today. In the second half of the hour, Rich and DJ Dave go right back to the school and city budget. Should elected officials be considered “city employees”? Tune in for Rich’s opinion.

Hour Number Two

During the second hour, Eddie in Manchester calls in and asks a question about whether or not teacher’s salaries and benefits are sustainable. Eddie wants to know… “will things get any better?” After Rich’s response, the discussion continues on the city budget, but then switches promptly to the Bedford Baffoonery. Emails are going back and forth between Rich, the Superintendent of Schools in Bedford, and the Bedford High School Principal, so tune in to find out the specifics on that. Plus, Jeff in Manchester calls in to comment on the Bedford High School Principal’s lack of participation in our investigation… you gotta hear this! During the second half of the hour, Jane Aitken, a retired teacher and education advocate, came on the program to comment on the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Manchester schools. In this interview, she gives listeners a brief biography of herself, and then discusses how today’s learning methods are becoming more and more “constructivist.” Kids are “constructing” their own learning paths, and teachers are becoming the “guide on the side.” Is this the appropriate way to teach children their basic and essential skills? Who or what is the international baccalaureate? What legislation on the topic is pending up in Concord? Tune in to find out the answers. For Jane’s blog post on HB 1403, go here. For more information on the IB program, visit www.ibo.org. Also, visit the AskIt site for IB here, see the radical math that might come from this, and understand the IB lingo!

Hour Number Three

<p >During the third hour, Rich continues his interview with Jane Aitken, and Jean in Manchester calls in with a comment about Agenda 21. Jean sees “social justice” as a codeword for communist influence. Tune in to hear what Rich and Jane have to say in response. Plus, schools emphasizing global consciousness over nationalistic consciousness? Fascinating and controversial stuff. During the second half of the hour, Carolyn McKinney, Chair of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, called in to discuss her and the caucus’ opposition to the house “compromise” language that would undermine local control of education. Tune in for the details of this important discussion.

News with Mark Laliberte

Mark Laliberte fills in for Mike Ball on news, and today’s top story: two separate Manchester stabbings on Cinco de Mayo, and Rich demands legislation to ban knives (jokingly, of course… right?). Tune in for the details! News is sponsored by our friends at Cedar and Oak.

Sports with Mark Laliberte

After the news, Mark throws on his sports cap and fills our listeners in on the latest in local and national happenings. Tune in for the specifics. Sports is sponsored by Dr. Andrew Gallinaro of HealthSource Chiropractic in Londonderry.

Jane Aitken, Retired Teacher and Education Advocate

Jane Aitken, a retired teacher and education advocate, came on the program to comment on the international baccalaureate in Manchester schools. In this interview, she gives listeners a brief biography, and then discusses how today’s learning methods are becoming “constructivist.” Kids are “constructing” their own learning path, and teachers are becoming the “guide on the side.” Is this the appropriate way to teach children their basic and essential skills? Who or what is the international baccalaureate? What legislation on the topic is pending up in Concord? Tune in to find out the answers. For Jane’s blog post on HB 1403, go here. For more information on the IB program, visit www.ibo.org. Also, visit the AskIt site for IB here, see the radical math that might come from this, and understand the IB lingo!

Carolyn McKinney, Chair of the Republican Caucus of New Hampshire

Carolyn McKinney, Chair of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, called in to discuss her and the caucus’ opposition to the house “compromise” language that would undermine local control of education. Tune in for the details of this important discussion.