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Standards for public schools called Common Core are being adopted in California — slowly. Not all grades are taking new tests, and no scores will be made public until all students take them next year. But protest, like that in New York and other states, is beginning to build. It’s not the goals of critical thinking and analytical skills, but those tests. We get a progress report. Also, should Los Angeles Metro take a class in the physics of wind power?

Image-for-WWLA.jpgLater, on To the Point, revelations of NSA spying threw a scare into Internet users. Now the White House is proposing to regulate use of the same technology by retailers, employment agencies and financial companies. We hear from privacy advocates and from Silicon Valley, which warns against limiting the fastest growing sector of the economy.

 

 
Banner image of Louis CK by Spc. Elayseah Woodard-Hinton

Producers:
Evan George
Benjamin Gottlieb
Jenny Hamel
Roger Rudick

Can the LA Metro Really Harness Green Energy? 5 MIN, 47 SEC

LA Metro is spending billions to upgrade its rail transit system. On projects like extending the Purple Line to the Westside, it wants to harness green energy. But a project to capture wind on a Red Line train platform has experts in physics scratching their heads. For KCRW's Independent Producer Project, Roger Rudick reports that going green may not be so black and white.

Metro officials say the turbine generated enough electricity to power 12 homes, but they're still evaluating the technology. There are photos of the Metro turbine on the WWLA blog.

Common Core: For Better or Worse 20 MIN, 30 SEC

As the father of children in New York public schools, comedian Louis CK has become a poster-parent for protest against Common Core. That's the new federally approved program of educational standards designed to produce the critical thinking and analytical skills required for success in the global economy. Louis CK says, "My kids used to love math. Now it makes them cry." California has adopted the Common Core standards for public schools but not for everybody. Tests are being given this year in grades three through eight and 11 — but no results will be made public. In fact, the tests themselves are being tested.

Guests:
Deborah Sigman, California Department of Education (@CADeptEd)
Anthony Cody, Network for Public Education (@AnthonyCody)
Ingrid Villeda, UTLA (@EducateLAnow)
Karin Klein, Los Angeles Times

More:
Network for Public Education's call for Congressional hearings on standardized testing
UTLA's Parents' Guide to Testing at School

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