By Catie Talarski
Happy Monday! I had the great privilege of spending time at a very large arch this weekend. I’m thinking Connecticut could use an arch. “Gateway to New England”. ? Just a thought. Back to work…
Here’s what’s coming up this week, February 28 to March 4 2011.
MONDAY: Emerging Adults
Step aside “quarter life crisis” – there’s a new term for 20-somethings in that transition phase of their lives. He calls it “emerging adulthood”. Dr. Jeffrey Arnett claims that in the past half century, the experience of people aged 18 to 29 has changed dramatically – at least in some societies. Most young people now postpone marriage and parenthood until at least their late twenties, and spend their late teens through their mid-twenties in self-focused exploration. Trying out different possibilities in love and work. Today, where we live, we’ll hear from Dr. Arnett – and from a panel of “emerging adults”. And we want to hear from you – is it better that young people are living at home longer, getting married later, and taking more time to “figure themselves out”?
TUESDAY: The Search for Quality Educational Leadership
Leadership in school systems is more important than ever before – with districts struggling to fulfill both local educational needs, comply with edicts from the federal government, and find money to do it all. We’ll look at the job of superintendent, and ask what it takes to find the right leader in the schools to run your “race to the top.”
WEDNESDAY: Women’s Reproductive Rights and Health
In 1961, Estelle Griswold, president of Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut, opened a birth control clinic to dispense contraceptives — a bold act of civil disobedience that changed the course of history of family planning legislation. It resulted in the 1965 case of Griswold v. Connecticut, where the US Supreme Court removed one of the last serious barriers to family planning. Now, the Republican House has set out to reverse this progress with a vote to ban all federal funding for Planned Parenthood, to eliminate the Title X family planning program, and to cut many other health services for millions of women and children. Coming up, we’ll about what these cuts mean for the future of family planning.
THURSDAY : Food Stamps
The number of people receiving food stamps is up 14.2% from a year ago. Now more than 43 Million people using food stamps nation-wide. The need for assistance is greater than ever, but recent reports show that Connecticut ranks as one of the worst states in the nation in terms of processing food stamp applications on time and paying out accurate levels of benefits. As a result the state could face financial sanctions. Today we’ll talk to members of the Department of Social Services about how they administer the program to learn why Connecticut faces challenges and how the program functions differently in other states. And we’ll talk to leaders of several local community-based organizations about how outsourcing some DSS responsibilities would affect the state’s needy citizens.
FRIDAY: Theater Censorship
Last month a production of August Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” met opposition by Waterbury school administrators for its frequent use of racial slang. Many top theater directors and artistic directors rallied to the cause to advocate for the educational value of the play, despite its provocative content. Today we’ll look at the educational value of theater in high school and ask where you draw the line between challenging and inappropriate material. We’ll look at a recent production of “Chicago” at Simsbury High School that has generated controversy to see how they navigated this tricky topic, and we’ll check in with the director of Wilton High School’s “Voices in Conflict” a play that generated heated debate by taking on the topic of the Iraq war.