Guest Lineup: Author and essayist PL Thomas, teacher and journalist Adam Bessie and teacher/journalist Mickey Huff (Project Censored).
On tonight's show, Sandy LeonVest and Steve Horn present Part One of their new series, headlined Pimp This Public School ...
During the course of the series, they feature a critical look at public schools, the privatization frenzy, corporate influence and the importance of literacy and quality education for ALL – what some call “universal education” -- to a functional democracy. Joining Steve and Sandy are professor/essayist/author PL Thomas, college teacher and journalist Adam Bessie and Mickey Huff (Project Censored).
This conversation in the wake of President Obama's much-heralded (and some would argue, overly-hyped) proposal to make community college tuition-free.
PL Thomas serves as Associate Professor of Education at Furman University, in Greenville SC … He’s also a prolific author and essayist. Among his many books, Ignoring poverty in the US.: The corporate takeover of public education and Becoming and Being a Teacher: Confronting Traditional Norms to Create New Democratic Realities.
Adam Bessie is a professor of English at Diablo Valley College – based in Northern California. Adam has published essays on education, comics, media and culture in (among other publications) The Washington Post’s “Answer Sheet,” Daily Censored, the Project Censored book series and Truthout.
Mickey Huff is a Professor of social science and history at Diablo Valley College … He serves as director of Project Censored, a Northern California-based non-profit, dedicated to educating students and the public about the importance of a free press for democratic self-government. Among other things, Project Censored exposes and opposes news censorship and promotes independent investigative journalism, media literacy, and critical thinking.