Posts Tagged ‘One to One’

Ravitch: Common Core Is Bankrupting the Country

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Diane Ravitch is not a fan of the new school standards known as Common Core, and she’ll tell you why on this Sunday’s One to One show.

Ravitch, a distinguished education historian and research professor at New York University, was in Kentucky recently to receive the University of Louisville’s Grawemeyer Award in Education.

The Common Core standards are goals for what K-12 students should know and be able to do in English/literacy and math at each grade level. Kentucky was the first state in the nation to adopt Common Core, and 43 other states have followed suit.

Ravitch won the Grawemeyer for her 2010 book, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education.” She is critical of the testing associated with Common Core:

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is a strong proponent of Common Core. He told the Education Writers Association in Nashville this week that states implementing the Common Core standards should “keep improving” them.

In my conversation with Ravitch, she says Common Core is bankrupting the country.

Watch One to One, Sunday at 1 p.m. on KET.

Stephen Chung and Cool Spaces!

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

I don’t know anything about architecture.

I’ve always enjoyed seeing new, innovative buildings: homes with unique design features, parks and outdoor areas that are both beautiful and functional.

But I really don’t know what goes through an architect’s mind when they sit down to plan, plot, and sketch a new or renovated structure.

I’m the viewer that Stephen Chung envisioned when he developed his new public TV series Cool Spaces! The Best New Architecture. Chung, an architect himself, wants to make architecture more user-friendly by featuring iconic buildings, conversing with world-renown designers, and changing the way the public thinks about his profession.

You can watch Cool Spaces! on KET over the next four weeks. The program airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on KET2 and Sundays at 2 p.m. on KET. Here’s a preview of the series:

Stephen Chung was in Lexington last week to promote his show at a reception for the Kentucky chapter of the American Institute of Architects. When we talked for an upcoming edition of One to One, I asked Chung about an episode of Cool Spaces! exploring unique library buildings around the United States. He described how the collaborative process between owners, architects, and end users make for a successful and artistic structure.

On one of his programs, Chung asked world-famous architect Frank Gehry to draw on a napkin a design that eventually became the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. At the end of my conversation with Chung, I asked him to sketch something for me. Here’s what Chung drew.

Napkin sketch by architect Stephen Chung, host of the public TV series Cool Spaces!

Napkin sketch by architect Stephen Chung, host of the public TV series Cool Spaces!

Chung stayed in downtown Lexington during his visit and, without any prompting from me, he sketched his own design for a renovated Rupp Arena. I was impressed that he came with a design that’s similar to what’s been proposed, transparent outer shell and all!

My One to One with architect Stephen Chung airs Sunday, June 15 at 1 p.m. on KET.

Owsley Brown III Previews the Festival of Faiths

Friday, May 9th, 2014

When the 19th annual Festival of Faiths opens Tuesday evening in Louisville, hundreds will gather to explore what event chairman Owsley Brown III describes as the mystery of life, which “continues to elude science, of course, and can only truly be grasped through faith.”

Brown joins Bill Goodman this weekend for a conversation about his work and the Festival on One to One. The program airs Sunday at 1 p.m. on KET.

Born into the family known for its global bourbon and spirits business, Brown has made a name himself as a winemaker and a documentary film producer. His recent film “Music Makes a City” explored the music-commissioning project that brought Louisville and its orchestra international acclaim in the 1950s. That documentary aired earlier this year on nearly 300 PBS stations around the country, including KET.

Brown’s parents helped found the Center for Interfaith Relations, which sponsors the Festival of Faiths. He says the Center and the Festival are designed create safe, welcoming spaces where conversations about the deepest questions of life can occur.

Each festival is built around a specific theme, and Brown says the topic for this year is a direct extension of ideas explored in previous gatherings.

The daily themes for the 2014 Festival of Faiths include “Re-imagining the Earth-Self Relationship,” “Awakening the Dreamer,” and “Nurturing the Spiritual and Physical Through Food and Farming.” Wednesday evening, the festival will feature a conversation called “Distant Neighbors” between Kentucky writer Wendell Berry and Pulitzer-Prize winning poet and essayist Gary Snyder from the University of California at Davis. Learn more about the Festival.


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