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Mar 10: Don’t know much about…education!
Mar 13th, 2012 by Sam

In case you missed the show:

Part 1: Samantha commentary on education 2012-03-10-samantha-clemens-p1.mp3

Part 2: James Burnett, Boston Globe 2012-03-10-samantha-clemens-p2-james-burnett-globe.mp3

Do American Schools need help? (yes)

Is college for snobs? (No)

Should all who want higher education have the opportunity to advance themselves? (yes)

Do Republicans want an educated populace? (Apparently not)

Join Samantha this Saturday, March 10, 2012 as she discusses the Republicans’ war on education.

“But what about people like Mr. Romney? Don’t they have a stake in America’s future economic success, which is endangered by the crusade against education? Maybe not as much as you think.

“After all, over the past 30 years, there has been a stunning disconnect between huge income gains at the top and the struggles of ordinary workers. You can make the case that the self-interest of America’s elite is best served by making sure that this disconnect continues, which means keeping taxes on high incomes low at all costs, never mind the consequences in terms of poor infrastructure and an undertrained work force.

“And if underfunding public education leaves many children of the less affluent shut out from upward mobility, well, did you really believe that stuff about creating equality of opportunity?

“So whenever you hear Republicans say that they are the party of traditional values, bear in mind that they have actually made a radical break with America’s tradition of valuing education. And they have made this break because they believe that what you don’t know can’t hurt them. “
Ignorance Is Strength, Paul Krugman

 

“Consider the fact that SAT scores (a big factor in college admissions) correlate closely with family wealth. The total average SAT score of students from families earning more than $100,000 per year is more than 100 points higher than for students in the income range of $50,000 to $60,000. Or consider that a mere 3 percent of students in the top 150 colleges, as defined by The Chronicle of Higher Education, come from families in the bottom income quartile of American society. Only a very dogmatic Social Darwinist would conclude from these facts that intelligence closely tracks how much money one’s parents make. A better explanation is that students from affluent families have many advantages — test-prep tutors, high schools with good college counseling, parents with college savvy and so on.”
Colleges and Elitism, Andrew Delblanco

 

“What’s more, Mr. Santorum’s family background shows the profound value of education in lifting the disadvantaged into the middle class and beyond. The campaign likes to leave the impression that he grew up in the coal fields of Pennsylvania, but young Rick actually came of age in a home where the father earned a doctorate and worked as a clinical psychologist while the mother toiled outside the house as a well-credentialed administrative nurse; it was his immigrant grandfather who worked the coal mines.”
Michael Medved: Meet the Republicans, Education Bashers

Samantha also welcomes James Burnett, writer for The Boston Globe. The two will discuss the Somerville Music Progam…a program that brings the wonders of music to low income children.

“Gee whiz! Poor kids learning how to play music – discipline, teamwork, and beauty – what’s not to love?”
In era of cuts, students in Somerville play on – The Boston Globe

Jan 14: New Hampshire…The Boys of the GOP love it and leave it!
Jan 14th, 2012 by Sam

Tony Schinella, Patch.com: 2012-01-14-samantha-clemens-tony-schinella-primaries.Mp3

Poor New Hampshire sits alone atop Massachusetts with nothing to show for her love affair with the boys of the GOP. The Granite State, which was once the focus of attention for the country’s most eligible candidates, sits quietly in her room with no date to the prom and memories of the greatest time in her young life.

Now as the boys of the GOP run to the arms of South Carolina, the Palmetto State looks forward to the attention she’s about to receive. SC knows what’ll happen. Just like New Hampshire and Iowa before her, she’ll be alone with a broken heart, only to pick up the pieces left behind.

Alas!

Maybe she can learn from the other states. Maybe she doesn’t need the “safe” Mitt Romney to be her number one man. Maybe Newt Gingrich will be her guy. I’m sure all the things written about him in the girls bathroom aren’t true. Nobody could be that cruel. Right?

How about Jon Huntsman, Rick Santorum or Ron Paul? Will they be honest about their feelings or will they tell her what she wants to hear just so they can get a little action?

Maybe she can get the incredibly handsome Rick Perry to stop playing X-box and smoking weed for a few minutes to show her a little love. Maybe.

The one thing South Carolina knows is that she’ll never end up like New Hampshire. She knows it’ll be love this time. She know she’ll have a date to the prom. She just knows it.

**To help us understand the tale of New Hampshire and South Carolina, Patch.com’s Tony Schinella will be on The Samantha Clemens Show this Saturday at 10am on The Revolution Boston AM 1510 and www.samanthaclemens.com**

Listener lines will be open. Be sure to call Samantha at 617 237 1234 to get your voice heard!

Aug 14: Sally Steenland: The Mosque, Islamophobia, and Christianity
Aug 12th, 2010 by Sam

2010-08-14-samantha-clemens.Mp3

We have separation of church and state in the constitution, right?  We have churches and synagogues everywhere.  There already IS a mosque near the World Trade Center site, so what’s with the conservative noise machine?

Sarah Palin demanded that “peaceful Muslims” step and “refudiate” the plan; Newt Gingrich denounced the building of such a “mosque” as long as Saudi Arabia bars construction of churches and synagogues; Rick Lazio, a Republican campaigning for the governorship of New York state, asserted that the plan somehow subverted the right of New Yorkers “to feel safe and be safe.”  “Mosque controversy is just the beginning,” Stephan Salisbury, Salon.com, Aug 10, 2020

So, Americans are scared of Islamic terrorists.  Newt, at least, calls it “radical Islam,” making a distinction (if you can call it that) between Islam and “radical” Islam.  Sarah doesn’t make such distinctions.  And people are getting all fired up, protesting the proposed mosque in lower Manhattan as well as those in Tennessee, California, Georgia, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

So, is our perception of the religion of Islam correct?  And how would Christianity stand up if it was scrutinized with the same lens that we use for Islam?

Sally Steenland is Senior Policy Advisor for Faith and Progressive Policy at the Center for American Progress.  She authored The Distorted Lens of Islamophibia: We Need to Assess Islam Based on Reality, Not Rants, and  joins us to talk about the American perception of Islam and what Christianity would look like through the same distorted lens we use for Islam.

SOURCE: AP/Mark Lennihan This building near Ground Zero in Manhattan is the proposed site of a future 13-story mosque and Islamic cultural center.

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