Education

  • One Hupa family forever changed Native American education, not just in California but across the country. Reporter Juan Avila explores the life of David Risling Jr., who spent his life fighting opposition to Indian religious and political freedoms.

  • Reporter Sarah Henry reveals that the English Only movement, which has continued to grow despite its racist rhetoric, not only discriminates against minorities. It also keeps American from competing in a multilingual world.

  • San Francisco Head Start, a federal pre-school program serving low-income families, has closed classes to half of the 900 children enrolled and is in danger of shutting down entirely. Juan Avila Hernandez reports that the privately-managed program has been left bankrupt and in disarray by fiscal mismanagement, conflicts of interest and inattention to parents" concerns.

  • Suicide is rare among children under fifteen. There have been no formal studies to document whether children can be so traumatized by corporal punishment that they become suicidal.

  • An estimated two million times each year, children in the U.S. public and private schools are paddled, whipped, switched or tied to chairs -- all in the name of discipline. Corporal punishment, at last count, is still legal in 39 of 50 states.

  • In apparent violation of Defense Department regulations, the U.S. Air Force gathered intelligence on a domestic political group opposed to the Strategic Defense Initiative. Reporters Brian Hill and Angus MacKenzie reveal that some of the intelligence came from local police who spied on meetings held by anti-Star Wars activists at Bay Area Campuses.

  • U.S. Military recruiters deny targeting ethnic minorities. But reporter Rick Avila investigates how a Latino parents' group persuaded the Richmond (CA) Unified School District to block the military's special access to school directories after their high school-aged children complained of excessive home telephone calls from recruiters.

  • Many observers believe the Autonomous University of Guadalajara - Mexico's largest private university and an 'offshore med school' for aspiring American doctors - is run by members of a secret pro-Nazi sect with links to the death squads in Central America.

  • San Francisco public schools are beset with a multitude of asbestos-related problems, among them the possible link between asbestos exposure and the deaths of two long-serving custodians, health risks to students, teachers and staff in dilapidated buildings, and the high cost of rectifying the situation in district schools.

  • Among industrialized nations, only South Africa and the U.S. (41 of 50 states) have yet to abolish corporal punishment in the public schools. And according to at least one study, the practice may actually lead to increased levels of violence and rebellion in schools.

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