Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Your Call 070308 Women's Rights in the Middle East

What is life like for women in the Middle East, where they've been active agents of change for many decades? On the next Your Call, we'll have a conversation with an Iraqi and a Palestinian about women's rights. What role have women played in their national struggle? What challenges do they face? And how have the policies of the U.S. government affected their struggle? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Nadje Al-Ali is a senior lecturer in social anthropology at the Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, UK.

Isis Nusair, International Studies and Women's Studies Programs at Denison University

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Your Call 070208 Homeschool's Out for the Summer

Where is the balance between a parent's right to educate their child as they wish and a society's need to have educated citizens? On the next Your Call we're talking about a remarkable hearing at the California Supreme Court. Last March, the court ruled parents who teach their children at home needed a teaching certification. On June 23rd, the court called a do-over. Even if you don't like what schools teach or how they teach it, does a societal interest in standards win over your personal interest in your child? What do kids absolutely have to know? It's Your Call with Sandip Roy and you.

Debbie Schwarzer in Colorado
Lawyer for the Home School Association of California, has been very involved in the case and was present for the recent hearing. She also home schools her own two children.

Diane Flynn-Keith in Milpitas, CA
Home schooled her own two children, who are now in their early twenties. Now she coaches other home-schooling parents in California and runs a curriculum resource at

Susan Sandler in San Francisco
President of Justice Matters, a San Francisco based education reform group working to create racially just schools.

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