Thursday, November 4, 2010 | Categories: Episodes
Thursday is mail day. And our Friday host, Piya Chattopadhyay joined Anna Maria in studio to help with the mail.
Special Needs Inclusion: When educating students with special needs, inclusive education is the accepted approach. Inclusive education is based on the idea that students will flourish when integrated into regular classrooms. But there is renewed debate about whether inclusive education is the best solution in all cases. Monday on The Current, we heard several views on that issue. And we were besieged with mail. We shared some of those letters.
One of the letters we received was from Kimberly Simpson of Quesnel, British Columbia wrote in with this perspective:
I am a teacher who is working with two high-functioning autistic twins in their home. They have chosen to do high-school, working with an online school from home. They are 18 years old and both are in grade 11.
Had their family chosen to put them through the regular school system, they would have been shuffled into a specific class and been unable to show the world what they could actually do -- because of money and resources.
The girls and I sat down to listen to your broadcast and I transcribed their thoughts. They are speaking as special needs students who have had many different experiences.
We called up Kimberly Simpson's students, Ashley and Amy Rorke to hear what they had to say about inclusion.
And just before we ended this segment we wanted to hear from one more parent on this. Victoria Gilnes is a mother and we reached her at home in Calgary this morning.
Letters Edition: Last Thursday we devoted the entire program to your letters. And we picked up some new threads in stories we had discussed before. In the wake of Russell Williams' trial and sentencing, many people were wondering about how his wife might be coping with the revelation of his crimes.
So we spoke with Dr. Paul Fedoroff who runs a support group for the spouses of sex offenders. We also heard from a woman who lives in Florida who chose to leave her husband after he was accused of abusing their daughter. We withheld her name to preserve her privacy:
After hearing that interview many of you wrote in with your response to this segment.
Climate Change: During our letters segment last week we also took a look at climate change from the top of the high Arctic. The cold has been a constant in Inuit life, pretty much forever. But warming weather, their lives are changing in ways the rest of us can barely imagine.
Zacharias Kunuk is an Inuit film director who won the Palme D'Or at Cannes for Atanarjuat - The Fast Runner. Now, he has teamed up with environmental scientist, Ian Mauro to make a documentary about what a warming world looks like to his Inuit elders. We spoke with them a couple weeks ago in advance of the film's premiere.
A few listeners wrote in with questions regarding something Ian Mauro said during the interview regarding the sun setting in a different place. Well the conversation then continued in our inbox and we shared a few of those letters ... one suggesting that we have Quirks & Quarks host, Bob MacDonald in to settle the confusion. So Bob McDonald, the host of CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks came in to studio to help sort this out.
MLS: And finally a clarification on a story we ran yesterday concerning the public's access to the MLS listing service when it comes to selling their homes.
Until recently private home sellers did not have access to this online service. They do now. However, in case you missed it, that private home seller must pay a flat fee to a broker or an agent to post their property on MLS.