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Minding the Achievement Gap

Minding the Achievement Gap
Sex ed
Good teachers can increase a student’s chances of going to college, decrease the chances of students becoming teenage parents, and perhaps most remarkably— increase a student's earnings over a lifetime, according to a new study by Harvard University and Columbia University. Clearly, our education system is critical to the health of our nation. So, what can be done to make comprehensive education reform a priority for policy makers?

We want to hear from you: leave a comment on our Facebook page. Was there a teacher who made a difference in your life for the better? Parents, what are you seeing in the classroom? What needs to be done to make education a priority with our policy makers?

GUESTS:
  John Friedman, assistant professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, co-author of "The Long-Term Impacts of Teachers"
  Arun Ramanathan, executive director of the Education Trust-West
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

GUEST:
  Walter Mosley: writer

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