30 Issues: Parents and Schools; U.N. General Assembly; Civility and the Law

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

For all of the policy talk about education that happens in communities across America, it's actual learning that takes place in real schools like the ones in your neighborhood. (Oksana Kuzmina/Shutterstock)

The election series continues with a conversation about parental involvement in New York City schools. WNYC education reporters Beth Fertig and Yasmeen Khan discuss the mayoral candidates' differing opinions about how parents should be involved. Plus: President Obama speaks at the United Nations this morning; Boston University professor of international relations and history Andrew Bacevich discusses the idea of the citizen soldier; and family law attorney Margaret Klaw discusses her new book on civility and the law.

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Members of the Kenyan diaspora talk about what they know and how their community is reacting to the ongoing terror attack at an upscale Nairobi mall.

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Citizen Soldiers Needed

Andrew Bacevich, professor of international relations and history at Boston University, West Point graduate, Vietnam veteran, and author of Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country, criticizes the American public for leaving national defense to "other people" and looks at the effects of the gulf between them on policy.

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30 Issues: Parents and Schools

It's Education Week on the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 Issues in 30 Days." See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

During the Bloomberg years, many parents felt cut out of the education system, from decisions around school closings to the rise of testing. Will the next mayor's DOE be different? WNYC associate producer covering education Yasmeen Khan, and Beth Fertig, contributing editor for education at WNYC and, discuss the differences between the mayoral candidates when it comes to parental involvement in public schools in NYC.

Then: Rob ReichStanford political scientist and co-editor of Education, Justice, and Democracy, discusses why he thinks contributions to the PTA shouldn't necessarily be tax deductible.

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U.N. General Assembly Dynamics

Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs magazine and author of the book How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, discusses President Obama's address at the U.N. General Assembly and the dynamics animating this year's gathering.

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Family Law

Margaret Klaw, founding partner of family law firm Berner Klaw & Watson in Philadelphia, PA, and the author of Keeping It Civil: The Case of the Pre-nup and the Porsche & Other True Accounts from the Files of a Family Lawyer (Algonquin Books, 2013) talks about her practice and what can be gleaned about social issues from their intersection with the law.

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