On this edition of MetroFocus, Clara Hemphill, founding editor of Insideschools.org, and José Vilson, a New York City math teacher explore the controversy surrounding the Common Core state education standards. “It’s virtually unanimous among educators that Common Core is the right direction to go,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in an April 1 news conference. “The question wasn’t ‘Is Common Core the right direction?,’ the question was ‘Are we moving too quickly?’”
AMC’s hit series Mad Men returns to the air Sunday, April 13, as does our own Emmy-winning documentary The Real Mad Men and Women of Madison Avenue, co-produced with The One Club, a non-profit that promotes and celebrates outstanding work in advertising. Mary Warlick and Traecy Smith of The One Club explain their creative bootcamp program to promote diversity in the advertising industry.
“Yes today, it is still pretty much homogeneous,” Warlick tells MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman. “ What we’re trying to do with bootcamp is recruit kids that may not have thought about advertising as a career, kids from colleges that maybe don’t have an uncle or an aunt in the business. And this is a quick introduction to the creative side of advertising for you know, really bright, creative kids.”
And two solutions stories focused on food. First, PBS Newshour Weekend’s Tracy Wholf reports on a new way to farm the rooftops of schools. With an emphasis on science, students are maintaining hydroponic greenhouses around the city. “There’s a lot of science concepts in the farming system,” says Sidsel Robards, director of development for New York Sun Works, a non-profit that is dedicated to building science labs in urban schools. “I think it’s a great way to show kids that science is not just guys in white lab coats, it’s actually everything that’s around us. It’s science for everyone because everyone needs a good science education.”
In New Jersey, NJTV’s Lauren Wanko takes us to a food bank that is preparing students, from former inmates to those simply unable to find work, for new careers with its culinary training program. “I really can’t think of any that have gone back into correctional facilities,” food bank Director and Executive Chef Paul Kapner tells Wanko. “They have actually gotten jobs and they don’t want to go back into that life.”