Part one: Can patriotism and criticism coexist in social studies?We talk with Kelly Field, who is a free lance education journalist.
We discuss the need for Social Studies and Civics education, and how little is actually spent in schools. For example, for $50 spent on STEM, 5 cents is spent on Social Studies, which is absolutely necessary to educate future citizens and voters. This has allowed extremists to promulgate misinformation and weird theories of government.
Part two: Undoing Welfare Reform, as envisioned by Reagan and Clinton.
We talk with Kalena Thomhave, a Michigan-based writer on poverty and inequality, a former American Prospect writing fellow.
We discuss definitions of 'deserving' and 'undeserving' poor, and how those definitions arose from Calvinistic roots. We talk about reducing child poverty in the future, and the role of the child tax credit in this effort. We talk about how this can be operationalized, and its effects long term.