Whoa, sorry about the delay on this blog post. I was going to post it yesterday but WordPress wasn’t loading for me. So I forgot about it…until now.
Anyways, we hope you’re having a good summer and if you’re going back to school soon, bless your heart. Yesterday we asked the question, “Is Algebra Necessary?” It turns out that it is a question that gets people really fired up. It was a fun show!
MONDAY: Algebra…Who Needs It?
You might not have the best memories of your high school algebra class. But was it necessary? That’s the question posed in a recent NY Times op-ed by Professor Andrew Hacker. Not surprisingly, columnists and science writers have pushed back saying, “Of course algebra is necessary!” We’ll talk with Hacker and local educators about the role of classes like algebra, calculus and geometry. Should these classes be required of public school students?
TUESDAY: Child Sex Slaves in Connecticut
The state’s child welfare agency said it’s aware of roughly 100 children who have been sold for sex in the state during the past five years – and that’s just who they’ve identified. Joette Katz – commissioner of DCF is launching a public awareness campaign to try to train both safety officials and the public to identify and treat these minors as victims rather than prostitutes. We’ll talk with Commissioner Katz as part of a collaboration with the Connecticut Mirror. You can read a comprehensive series on child trafficking this week at ctmirror.org.
WEDNESDAY: Future of Cities
Television shows of the 1960′s brought possibilities for a future filled with Jetson-style flying machines and Star Trek spaceships that never really lived up to our expectations. Sure, we’ve come a long way with some things. Fifty years ago, it was outrageous to think we would be connected to the internet, have Facebook friends, and land a roving space lab on Mars. So why is it that with our cities expected to absorb an additional 2.5 billion people by 2050, or nearly 70% of the population, we haven’t come up with new designs to house and transport people in and out of cities. Is it time to imagine radical changes for our future cities? We’ll talk to three visionaries whose ideas for the future can transform the way we live and travel, and a CT science fiction writer who talks about where transformational change begins…in our imagination.
Keep checking back for updates on what will become a great show.