The Best of Our Knowledge
9:33 am
Mon February 20, 2006

The Best of Our Knowledge #805

Albany, NY – EDUCATION EXCERPTS FROM STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS AND DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE ON EDUCATION -
In his recent State of the Union address before Congress, President Bush proposed spending billions of dollars over the next ten years on basic science research, and on math and science education. He also
called for 100-thousand new teachers. His comments run about 1:50.
Then, Virginia Governor, Timothy Kaine, delivered the Democratic response on education. His excerpted remarks last about 1:11.
Dr. Karen Hitchcock reports. (3:40)

EDUCATION SECRETARY SPELLS OUT NEW INITIATIVES -
A few days after President Bush's State of the Union address before Congress, TBOOK spoke with Secretary of Education,
Margaret Spellings, to get more details and analysis of the President's education agenda, and what it means for the DOE.
Glenn Busby reports. (8:12)

BLACK HISTORY MONTH
WHITE MONEY/BLACK POWER: THE SURPRISING HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES AND THE CRISIS OF RACE IN HIGHER EDUCATION , Pt. 1 of 2 -
Our next guest analyzes African American studies' precarious position as a clearing house for a shifting understanding of race, diversity, integration, and desegregation. Professor Noliwe Rooks
details how student strikes led to the founding of the first black studies departments in the late 60's in the U.S. Rooks traces how university administrators and their eventual funding partner, the
Ford Foundation, came to see the establishment of black studies
programs as an essential tool for reducing racial tensions on campuses and in the country as a whole. Noliwe Rooks is the
author of White Money/Black Power: The Surprising History of African American Studies and the Crisis of Race in Higher Education.
Glenn Busby reports. (8:00)