Picking a College President

Aug 29, 2013

10:00 It's a time of transition for Ohio colleges and universities. Kent State and the University of Akron will bid farewell to their presidents next summer, as will several community colleges, and OSU has hired a consulting firm to help with their current presidential search. This hour we'll look at the changing role of university presidents, and discuss whether schools should be run more like Wal Mart or the Red Cross.   Guests

Back to School Creativity

Aug 20, 2013

10:00 Kids may be a little mopey this time of year, but there's no reason they should dread the start of a new semester. This hour we'll talk about how to keep kids engaged in learning, especially when vacation memories are fresh on their minds. And the Columbus city schools interim superintendent will stop by to discuss what's coming up for the district. Guests

  • Dr. Dan Good, interim superintendent of Columbus city schools
  • Mimi Chenfeld, author and educator

10:00 Kids whose parents take an active role in their child's education do better in school. But navigating the parent-teacher relationship can be tricky for both sides, in an era of helicopter parents on one hand and vast economic inequality on the other. This hour we'll talk about who should be involved in the education equation, and how to help students succeed. Guests

Education for the Disabled

Aug 6, 2013

10:00 In 1975, congress enacted the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which required free and appropriate education for all children. On its surface IDEA seemed like a democratizing force, but some believe the law hasn't measured up, especially where minority kids are concerned. This hour, we'll take a close look at IDEA's successes and shortcomings. Guests

Columbus School Levy: Voters Decide

Jul 29, 2013

11:00 The Columbus Board of Education recently voted to include a property tax hike question on the November ballot. If approved, it would raise taxes about $315 per year per $100,000 of property, which would help charter schools, expand classrooms, upgrade equipment and more. This hour we'll talk about the levy, its supporters and detractors. Guest

11:00 Abigail Fisher's affirmative action lawsuit against the University of Texas Law School has drawn attention to the question of on-campus diversity. The US Supreme Court determined Fisher's case is best decided by a lower court, and this hour we'll examine the Court's (non-) decision. We'll talk about how diversity is measured, and what its value is in an academic setting. Guests

11:00 Three years ago, Ohio became the 45th state to adopt Common Core English and math standards for its schools. Though the Core was developed by school officers and governors from across the political spectrum, its detractors have voiced concerns over government overreach and left-leaning curricula.  This hour, we'll take a close look at the pros and cons of the Core's implementation in Ohio.


Temporary headquarters of Cristo Rey Columbus High School.
Debbie Holmes

Lower-income high school students who want to prepare for college and gain valuable job skills can apply to a new school set to open in Columbus this fall. It'€™s called Cristo Rey Columbus and it will be the 26th of its kind in the country. The school combines a religious education with work experience to help fight poverty.

Grading Ohio's College Graduation Rates

Apr 15, 2013

10:00 As part of his latest budget proposal, Governor Kasich promised to provide incentives for Ohio colleges with the highest graduation rates. Ohio State would see a $10 million increase; Bowling Green could face a $2.8 million cut. This hour of All Sides asks if degree completion is a mark of a university's quality, and if more degrees are the key to increasing our national standing.  Guests

What Does it Mean to Be a Great Teacher?

Jan 14, 2013

11:00 Teachers impact all of us, in many ways. On this hour, we'll talk about what it truly means to be a great teacher and how teachers get to that level. Guests

10:00 On Nov. 25, the day after Thanksgiving, StoryCorps holds its annual National Day of Listening event. This year, they're asking Americans to take a few minutes to thank teachers for the impact they have on the lives of millions. On this hour of "All Sides," we'll talk about the importance of educators and how you can thank them during the National Day of Listening. Guest

11:00 Maria Montessori envisioned a classroom where students utilize movement, imagination, and creativity to develop the crucial skills like problem solving and critical thinking. The first Montessori school opened more than 100 years ago and it's methods are still used today. But since that time what's changed? On this hour, we talk about education philosophies. Guests

Student Loan Debt: How Much is Too Much?

Oct 31, 2011

11:00 Student loan debt and higher education... College is more expensive than ever. How much can students and their families afford and, with student loan debt outstripping credit card debt, how much is too much? Guests

  • Anya Kamenetz (author, "Generation Debt")
  • Heather Jarvis ('The Student Loan Ranger')
  • Natala Hart (Director, OSU Economic Access Initiative)

10:00 Do your children go to public schools, charter schools, or private schools? Why? On this segment of "All Sides with Ann Fisher," we'll be discussing charter schools... Do they work? Guests: