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Wed 11.06.13 | Making Sense of Intersex

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A new German law allows parents and doctors not to classify certain newborns as either male or female. A lawsuit in the US targets surgery done on a 16-month-old child with an intersex condition. Anne Tamar-Mattis comments on these developments and provides deep context.

Mon 6.10.13 | The Trouble with Conventional Education

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Testing, grades, homework, learning by rote: these are the foundations of our conventional educational system -- and Alfie Kohn argues that they are as good as worthless. The maverick education critic discusses the deep-seated problems with traditional schooling and explores the alternative approach of progressive education. He also talks about the pitfalls of competition and national rankings.

Wed 12.19.12 | The Trouble with Conventional Education

Testing, grades, homework, learning by rote: these are the foundations of our conventional educational system -- and Alfie Kohn argues that they are as good as worthless. The maverick education critic discusses the deep-seated problems with traditional schooling and explores the alternative approach of progressive education. He also talks about the pitfalls of competition and national rankings.

Mon 3.05.12 | Intersex Children, Genital Surgery

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Remember all that stuff you learned in sex ed about gender, about the traits that dictate gender identity? Anne Tamar-Mattis says a lot of what we learned is, in fact, misinformation. She describes what happens to young children born with so-called intersex conditions; one option frequently pursued is irreversible genital surgery.

Wed 4.13.11| What Children Need

Stephen Goldsmith & Lynne Elizabeth, eds., What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane JacobsNew Village Press, 2010

Clare Cooper Marcus, Iona Dreaming Nicolas-Hays, 2010

Healing Landscapes (scroll down directory)

What if urban and suburban neighborhoods were designed specifically to meet the needs of children? If young people's preferences were given priority in design and planning decision making, where would children play and how would they develop? Clare Cooper Marcus asserts that parks and playgrounds are far from sufficient, and she points to child- and pedestrian-friendly designs implemented abroad. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 8.31.10| What Children Need

Stephen Goldsmith & Lynne Elizabeth, eds., What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs New Village Press, 2010

Clare Cooper Marcus, Iona Dreaming Nicolas-Hays, 2010

Healing Landscapes (scroll down directory)

What if urban and suburban neighborhoods were designed specifically to meet the needs of children? If young people's preferences were given priority in design and planning decision making, where would children play and how would they develop? Clare Cooper Marcus asserts that parks and playgrounds are far from sufficient, and she points to child- and pedestrian-friendly designs implemented abroad.
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