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The World and Everything in It - June 10, 2021

WORLD Radio - The World and Everything in It - June 10, 2021

An effort in California to change how schools teach math; President Biden’s proposed Defense budget; and a story about a rocking chair and reconciliation after the Civil War. Plus: commentary from Cal Thomas, and the Thursday morning news.


MYRNA BROWN, HOST: Good morning!

California wants to change the way math is taught, in part to close gaps in achievement among the races. But some parents object.

MARY REICHARD, HOST: Also President Biden’s proposed budget short-shrifts the military, according to one retired Army general. We’ll talk to him.

Plus a story of reconciliation after the Civil War.

And commentator Cal Thomas on the search for truth.

BROWN: It’s Thursday, June 10th. This is The World and Everything in It from listener-supported WORLD Radio. I’m Myrna Brown.

REICHARD: And I’m Mary Reichard. Good morning!

BROWN: Up next, Anna Johansen Brown has the news.


ANNA JOHANSEN BROWN, NEWS ANCHOR: Biden lands in England for first international trip » President Joe Biden is in England today, the first stop on a week-long trip. It is his first overseas outing as president.

Top of the agenda: a summit with leaders from the Group of Seven. The president will then travel to Brussels for a NATO summit and a meeting with European leaders. He will end his trip in Geneva, where he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Speaking to reporters before boarding Air Force One, the president said the trip has one major goal.

BIDEN: Strengthening the alliance. Making it clear to Putin and to China that Europe and the United States are tight.

Late Tuesday, national security adviser Jake Sullivan dismissed criticism of Biden’s decision to meet with his Russian counterpart.

SULLIVAN: Being able to look President Putin in the eye and being able to say, this is what America’s expectations are, this is what America stands for, this is what America’s all about, this we believe is an essential aspect of U.S.-Russia diplomacy.

The president began his trip with some humanitarian diplomacy. On Wednesday, the White House confirmed that the administration has agreed to purchase 500 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for other countries. Under the deal inked with drugmaker Pfizer, the United States will donate the shots to 92 lower income countries and the African Union over the next year.

Infrastructure talks fail » Before he left Washington, the president ended bipartisan talks on a compromise infrastructure bill.

Republican Senator Shelly Moore Capito served as her party’s chief negotiator.

CAPITO: I’m a bit disappointed and frustrated that the White House really kept moving the ball on me and then finally just brought me negotiations that were untenable and then ended negotiations altogether.

The two sides ultimately could not agree on what to include in the bill and how to pay for it. Republican senators offered a $928 billion proposal. President Biden wanted to see a $1.7 trillion investment.

The president wants to pay for the new spending by raising the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent. That’s a no-go for Republicans. And the White House rejected the GOP suggestion to use unspent COVID-19 funds to help pay for the infrastructure package.

When the two sides failed to reach an agreement, the White House began talks with another group of senators. They include Republican Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and two key centrist Democrats: Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

But the president is not relying on a bipartisan agreement. The White House confirmed that he spoke Tuesday with Democratic congressional leaders about using the budget reconciliation process to move at least some of the package forward.

Senate passes bipartisan technology bill » Although bipartisan agreement is rare these days, senators did come together late Tuesday to pass a bill aimed at beefing up the U.S. tech industry.

The bill allocates $50 billion in emergency funding to boost semiconductor development and manufacturing.

Senators approved the measure by a vote of 68-32. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that showed how concerned lawmakers are about the need for investment in critical areas.

SCHUMER: I believe the final vote reflects the importance of the bill, of rededicating the United States to science and technology, to out-competing our adversaries, especially the Chinese Communist Party, to strengthening critical supply chains as well as our partnerships and alliances abroad.

The bill also creates a new branch in the National Science Foundation to focus on artificial intelligence and quantum science. Overall, it increases government spending by about $250 billion dollars.

Biden lifts ban on TikTok and WeChat » The White House on Wednesday dropped Trump-era executive orders targeting popular messaging apps TikTok and WeChat. WORLD’s Sarah Schweinsberg reports.

SARAH SCHWEINSBERG, REPORTER: The orders were intended to ban the software due to concerns over national security risks. But court challenges prevented them from taking effect.

A new executive order directs the Commerce Department to analyze transactions involving apps that are manufactured, supplied, or controlled by China.

Biden administration officials said they wanted to take a narrower approach to identifying potential threats.

Security experts worry about what Chinese companies might do with the personal data they collect from app users. Administration officials have not said whether they think such data collection poses a danger to Americans.

But the Biden administration is concerned about other Chinese companies. Last week, it added several allegedly connected with military and surveillance to a list that prohibits Americans from investing in them.

Reporting for WORLD, I’m Sarah Schweinsberg.

Houston hospital fires workers who refuse vaccines » A Houston-based hospital system has suspended more than 170 healthcare workers who refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

A group of nurses protested the decision in Baytown on Tuesday.

SOUND: If we don’t stop this now and do some kind of change, everybody’s just going to topple. It’s going to create a domino effect. Everybody in the nation is going to be forced to get things in their body that they don’t want. And that’s not right. People move from other countries to come here to escape that sort of thing.

In an internal memo sent to employees, Houston Methodist CEO Marc Boom said he respected the decision not to get the shot. But he said the hospital system needed to set an example and protect patients.

Nearly 300 employees got a medical or religious exemption from the vaccine. Administrators granted deferrals to more than 300 others for pregnancy or other reasons.

In a ruling issued last week, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said employers are within their rights to require vaccinations.

The suspended workers have two weeks to get a shot or lose their jobs permanently.

I’m Anna Johansen Brown.

Straight ahead: a new way to teach math.

Plus, Cal Thomas on the dangers of propaganda.

This is The World and Everything in It.


MARY REICHARD, HOST: It’s Thursday, the 10th of June, 2021.

Thank you for joining us today for The World and Everything in It. Good morning, I’m Mary Reichard.

MYRNA BROWN, HOST: And I’m Myrna Brown. First up, a battle in California over how to teach math.

The state’s 6 million public school students may soon learn math in a new way. A new set of guidelines is to be adopted later this year. The goal? To improve everyone’s scores and close the gaps among racial groups.

But parents worry the new plan will force everyone into mediocrity. WORLD’s Esther Eaton reports.

ESTHER EATON, REPORTER: During a recent public hearing in California, dozens of parents called in to talk about math class. Here’s one, Catherine Flitcroft.

FLITCROFT: Holding kids back when they're ready to move forward is detrimental to them academically, socially, and emotionally.

Flitcroft was protesting the model math curriculum that California plans to adopt in November. Districts wouldn’t be required to follow the framework, but it provides a guide for changing how they teach math.

And educators say change is needed. In 2018, less than half of California’s public school students met the state’s math standards. That number broke down even more by race. Almost three quarters of Asian students and half of white students made the grade. But only about one-fifth of Black students and a quarter of Hispanic students did.

Jo Boaler is a professor of math education at Stanford University and a co-author of the math framework. She says math itself isn’t causing those gaps. The problem is the way teachers present math concepts.

BOALER: The way maths has been taught has led to considerable inequities over the years. And it's important to tackle those inequities.

But how? The model curriculum has a few suggestions, including starting with real world situations. For example, teachers could lead a class discussion about why a California farmer might want to fence the biggest possible area. Then they could teach students the math they need to calculate the largest area they could fence with a certain number of fence posts. Some students don’t mind drilling concepts before practicing with real life examples. But the framework argues starting with real life applications will help more students stay engaged and be more likely to succeed.

Ultimately, the framework wants teachers to shift from teaching math as a string of procedures and memorization. Instead it wants to emphasize other aspects of math, like reasoning, communication, and problem solving.

BOALER: For years mathematics has been very one dimensional. You follow me, do these procedures, you repeat them. And so of course, it's narrow and it has been successful for a narrow group of kids. When you make maths all of what mathematics is, reasoning, communicating, it actually just brings in many more kids.

But California math teacher Michael Malioni says the focus on helping students explore math and appreciate its beauty could crowd out teaching them the basic skills they need to practice math, not just observe it.

MALIONI: It's like art appreciation as opposed to being, learning how to create art, you're not creating the art which is what a mathematician does or learning the skills of doing the art, you're more just looking at it and seeing it as a pretty thing to understand in the big picture way, which, which is valuable. But making everybody learn math that way, they're never gonna get to the math.

One aspect of the framework in particular has prompted a lot of pushback from parents. That’s the plan to remove tracking, a system that allows some students to test into advanced math classes while others stay on a slower track. In the new framework, all students would stay in the same math classes until 11th grade. They would also postpone taking algebra until high school.

Boaler says that method ensures students have enough time to fully understand math concepts instead of racing toward higher-level classes like calculus. But because part of the framework’s goal is to close racial achievement gaps, some parents see the change as a claim that Black and Hispanic students can’t succeed in math.

An earlier draft of the math framework did link to a document that dismissed objectivity and the pursuit of one right answer over deeper understanding. It claimed those were signs of white supremacy. After backlash, the authors removed mentions of that document. But parent Edie Nagalina said her daughter, an advanced math student, got the idea anyway. She asked her mom if the authors of the new framework thought she couldn’t succeed in math because she is Hispanic.

NAGALINA: I'm really upset, I’m really in tears right now to hear this from my daughter, that she thinks that maybe she’s worse just because she's Hispanic, and this is how you put it.

Boaler insists the changes aren’t because Black or Hispanic students can’t do the work. She says they’ll help more students of all backgrounds succeed. And in her view, cutting tracking doesn’t mean cutting opportunities for students to excel.

Boaler says teachers can accommodate advanced students by providing more advanced problems. They can use curriculums that assign different levels of coursework based on students’ scores on built-in assessments.

But parents like Catherine Flitcroft worry that won’t happen in practice. Instead, advanced students will end up bored in math classes where teachers are scrambling to accommodate too many different levels of achievement.

FLITCROFT: My son loved math but when he got to middle school he began to complain that the pace was too slow for him and that he already knew most of what was being taught. He began to hate school and begged me to homeschool him. Fortunately, he was assessed and put into an advanced class the following year. This was a lifesaver for him; his mood improved, he made new friends, and was motivated to learn again.

And California isn’t the only state reconsidering math class. Virginia is also debating whether to drop tracking as part of an effort to close racial achievement gaps. It’s not scheduled to update its math curriculum for several years. But what starts in California could eventually make its way to classrooms across the country.

Reporting for WORLD, I’m Esther Eaton.


MYRNA BROWN, HOST: Coming up next on The World and Everything in It: military funding.

President Biden released his proposed budget for 2022 just before Memorial Day weekend. It includes $173 billion for the U.S. Army. That might sound like a lot, but according to our next guest, it’s not enough.

MARY REICHARD, HOST: General Thomas Spoehr served for over 36 years in the U.S. Army and now directs the Center for National Defense at The Heritage Foundation. He says the Army would lose $7 billion in purchasing power, thanks to inflation, if Congress adopts the president’s budget.

General Spoehr says that would take the Army back to the days of the Obama administration. That’s when just three of its 58 brigade combat teams were fit to go to war.

General, good morning. Thanks so much for joining us today.

THOMAS SPOEHR, GUEST: Good morning, Mary.

REICHARD: Seven billion dollars is a lot of money. But it’s not a large percentage relative to the Army’s overall budget. So tell us what could get cut under this scenario and how it would affect readiness.

SPOEHR: You're right. It's not a large percentage of the Army budget, but a lot of the Army budget is fixed costs, as they say in the business world. It pays salaries, it pays fuel costs. And so there really is not a lot of flexibility in the budget. And we're already seeing the early indications of what would be cut in this budget. So the Army has had to cut back on their training, you know, they go to the field, and they train in their Army skills and that has been cut back 30 percent in this proposed budget for 2022. Their rotations to the National Training Center and other combat training centers also cut about 25 percent. And then there are a number of cuts to their equipment programs. They've been steadily trying to modernize their helicopters, for example, maybe your listeners have heard of the Blackhawk helicopter or the Apache helicopter. Those programs have been cut by one-third. And I had a friend that used to tell me that anything that defies gravity, you really ought to not take a lot of risk with and so they're slowing the modernization of these helicopter programs, which concerns me, and I think it should concern your listeners greatly.

REICHARD: What does that tell us about the Biden administration’s priorities for the military and U.S. foreign policy?

SPOEHR: You can look at the budget they released and they are very proud of some aspects of it. They’re nearly silent on anything to do with national security. And that silence speaks volumes to me. And so both the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, neither one’s budget went up even to compensate for inflation. And so the Biden administration is clearly focused on domestic priorities. That may be the right sense of what America wants, but it ignores some pressing national security threats that the United States has in the form of China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, that I think merit as more attention than they're getting in this budget.

REICHARD: Does the president’s proposed budget reallocate funds to other defense needs, say cyber defense or space-related programs?

SPOEHR: Really, in this budget, if you don't get cut, that means you're successful. And so there is a small bit of growth for cyber and most everything else in the defense budget either stays the same or gets cut. And so for example, in the Navy, they had planned to build two destroyers starting in 2022 and that has been cut back to one and the Air Force not buying as many fighter jets as they probably ought to. And so across the board in the Department of Defense, you can't really see anywhere where there's been an increase in money. I think success in that particular budget is just staying the same and not getting cut. And so it's hard to find something that got better in that budget.

REICHARD: Just to argue a little from the other side, some might say that we need to spend less money on a physical army because today’s warfare is less about boots on the ground. What do you say to that?

SPOEHR: There is merit in saying that, you know, warfare is changing. And so the domains of space, the cyber, electronic warfare are all becoming more and more important, especially since our adversaries are investing so much funds in there. So that is not an area where the American military can afford to take risk. We need strong cyber. These hacks of the Colonial Pipeline and all these other recent hacks, you know, kind of demonstrate what power cyber has. And the reality is, though, we have to have both. We have to have a strong cyber posture and we have to have a military that can defend U.S. interests around the globe. And so in some small measure, countries like China and Russia challenge us in the cyber world because they know we are so strong in our conventional forces. And so if we allow our conventional forces to degrade, you know, they will see opportunities there where they will come back and challenge us on the ground. And so I wish there was an easy answer to say, Hey, we can just, you know, neglect our conventional military and focus on cyber, but cyber probably will not win wars and defend U.S. interests in the future.

REICHARD: So, this is just a proposal, and as we’ve already noted, Congress has the final say. Do you think lawmakers are likely to stick with the president’s number?

SPOEHR: Mary, I'd like to think they will increase it. There's not enough probably leeway in the federal budget with all the pressures that are on it right now to radically increase the defense budget. But I'd like to think a modest increase of, you know, right now, the defense budget goes up by 1.6 percent. I'd like to think that Congress could take that up to perhaps a 3 percent increase that would relieve a lot of the pressure. I'll just give you one example. Congress has been very kind to the military and they grant, usually, a pay raise of 2 to 3 percent. Well, they don't give any more money for that. And so even when the military funds this pay raise for 2022, you know, and if their budget only grows by 1.6, and they have to fund a pay raise of 2 to 3 percent, they're already, again, behind the curve. And so I think Congress sees that, and I think they're gonna try and do the best they can to take care of the United States' priorities, including a strong national defense.

REICHARD: General Thomas Spoehr is director of the Center for National Defense at The Heritage Foundation. Thanks so much for joining us today!

SPOEHR: It was my pleasure. Thank you.


MARY REICHARD, HOST: Well, Myrna, you and I are old hands in the kitchen. And we know to use up whatever’s on hand to feed the family.

MYRNA BROWN, HOST: Yep! French toast is a great way to use up stale bread.

REICHARD: It is! But get this: a sweets chef in Maryland is really thinking outside the kitchen. You’ve heard of the cicadas coming out of the ground after 17 years?

BROWN: Don’t like where this is going.

REICHARD: Well, you like chocolate, right? Up in Bethesda, Sarah Dwyer is serving up cicadas dipped in chocolate! She shared her secret recipe with WBAL-TV.

DWYER: It’s really crunchy because we air fry them, So we clean them first, then we air fry them, then we dip them in chocolate, and you can sprinkle whatever spice you want on top!

Whatever you want! Dwyer definitely has the entrepreneurial gene. Last year, she created something special as a nod to the coronavirus.

DWYER: So last year our bestseller were Dr. Fauci chocolates. And this year, it’s cicadas!

She’s got a knack for what sells. Like, 300 boxes a day!

DWYER: It’s really a lot like a chocolate-covered potato chip!

BROWN: I’ll have to take your word for it.

REICHARD: It’s The World and Everything in It.


MARY REICHARD, HOST: Today is Thursday, June 10th. Thank you for turning to WORLD Radio to help start your day.

Good morning. I’m Mary Reichard.

MYRNA BROWN, HOST: And I’m Myrna Brown. Coming next on The World and Everything in It: The reconciling power of a rocking chair.

After the Civil War ripped our country apart, Reconstruction efforts aimed to put it back together again—by law and by force.

REICHARD: True reconciliation, however, is a matter of the heart. WORLD Senior Correspondent Kim Henderson recently learned about an extended olive branch that’s been handed down through generations—right along with a unique piece of furniture.

KIM HENDERSON, SENIOR CORRESPONDENT: It takes more than Google Maps to find some of the historical sites around Port Gibson, Mississippi.

SOUND: CAR ON GRAVEL

A four-wheel drive helps, because this particular gravel road is sunken, washed out between earthen banks stretching 25 feet high.

But history hunters say it’s worth it to get to the A. K. Shaifer House, circa 1826.

The first thing that visitors to the Shaifer house notice is this large concrete historical marker. It lets them know that this is the site where the first shot of the Battle of Port Gibson was fired. But that's not the end of the story.

SOUNDS: NATURE

A. K. Shaifer is long dead, but his house—nearly 200 years old—lives on. It’s painted white with a wood shingle roof.

The landmark is unmanned. Visitors are free to check out the property to their hearts’ content.

There’s a cellar at the rear.

Nearby there’s an open cistern, outlined in antique brick.

SOUND: ECHO

Inside the historic home, it’s bare and dusty.

SOUND: WALKING ON WOOD FLOOR

The single chimney has hearths in four rooms. You can see through to the ground between some of the original plank floors.

They’re the same floors that were once colored red from the blood of Union soldiers when the house was used as a hospital. This was while the homeowner, Confederate A. K. Shaifer, was far away, being held as a prisoner of war. He would later learn that his wife, Elizabeth, frantically loaded their wagon by moonlight and escaped just ahead of the approaching Yanks on the night of May 1, 1863. A battle raged near the property into the morning. Federal troops continued to pass by the house all afternoon and set up camp in the yard.

Signs at the site give more details.

KIM: This marker tells the story of Charles Dana. He was a journalist who was observing the army for the U. S. Secretary of War . . .

Dana visited the Shaifer property while it served as a Union hospital and found a gruesome scene—a yard full of amputations. He later wrote, “I had seen men shot and dead men plenty, but this pile of legs and arms gave me a vivid sense of war such as I had not before experienced.”

An important piece of furniture that came out of this house is on permanent display at the Museum of Mississippi History in Jackson. The Civil War, especially the Reconstruction Period that followed it, fascinates 26-year-old Roosevelt Hawkins, who’s a curator at the museum. He fills in more of the Shaifer story.

HAWKINS: After the war Shaifer came back to see his home left in shambles and his family in graves. Um, his wife came back immediately after the Port Gibson battle. And I mean, she was bitter, bitter, bitter . . . She never recovered . . . mentally and physically. She died . . .

But Mr. Shaifer made a purposeful decision against bitterness. In a strange turn of events, he became friends with one of the Union soldiers who marched by his home.

According to family members, a letter arrived at the Port Gibson post office in the late 1860s. William Duffner of the 24th Indiana Infantry wrote it, and the postmaster brought it to Shaifer. A lifelong correspondence ensued.

HAWKINS: And around the corner right here is Shaifer chair. The Shaifer chair. It is a double rocker . . .

Duffner sent Shaifer a custom-made rocking chair. It’s brightly colored with a folkart look. Duffner hand painted a battle scene across the back and seat.

HAWKINS: And so the inscription on the chair, it reads, “From William Duffner, Yankee, to Mr. A. K. Schaefer, Rebel, in memory of May the first, 1863. The tack heads indicate my regiment's line of March from dawn to dark. May God forgive, unite, and bless us all.” And I think that that is, is, is so beautiful.

Hawkins says the chair represents reconciliation . . . overcoming animosity and hate.

HAWKINS: They both shed blood on the battlefield, but their blood was the same color. It was the same kind of blood. They were people at the end of the day.

Hawkins’ co-worker, Stephenie Morrisey, was there when the Shaifer family donated the chair. In 2015, she listened at meetings while museum planners discussed exactly where to display it. She says today it’s a popular object, the kind that “calls” to visitors.

MORRISEY: You see people peering in getting closer to, oh wait, what is this? And then discovering more about it.

MUSIC

That’s important, because a story beginning with a gunshot and ending with a gift is one worth repeating. Shaifer’s and Duffner’s example of forgiveness and friendship can provide hope even today—when reconciliation can seem as elusive as finding the Shaifer House with Google Maps.

MORRISEY: The Civil War looms large in, in not just Mississippi's history, but in the nation's history. And that artifact is just another example of how the Mississippi story is America's story. And we see these two Americans reconciling and coming together.

Reporting for WORLD, I’m Kim Henderson in Port Gibson and Jackson, Mississippi. 


KIM HENDERSON: One final thought, if I may.

Really it begins with a word of thanks to you for making it possible for me to pursue and then bring back stories like these.

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MYRNA BROWN, HOST: Today is Thursday, June 10th. Good morning! This is The World and Everything in It from listener-supported WORLD Radio. I’m Myrna Brown.

MARY REICHARD, HOST: And I’m Mary Reichard. What’s behind America’s cultural decline? Here’s commentator Cal Thomas.

CAL THOMAS, COMMENTATOR: Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas is reportedly considering the development of tools that would help America’s children discern truth from lies and know when they are being fed “disinformation.”

Should anyone, regardless of political party or persuasion, be comfortable with government telling children what they can believe and whom they can trust? That’s what totalitarian states do. It’s called propaganda.

We are already inundated with political correctness, cancel culture and woke-ism. TV networks spend more time delivering opinion and slanting stories to particular points of view than what once resembled fairness, if not objective journalism.

The list of government officials who have lied is long and dates back to our nation’s founders. Some lies could be defended on national security grounds. Others were used to cover up wrongdoing or enhance the image of the one who lied.

In recent years, we recall President Clinton’s denial of a relationship with Monica Lewinsky. President Obama’s claim about his health care program: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” President George H. W. Bush’s “Read my lips, no new taxes.” Assertions by the George W. Bush administration that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Richard Nixon’s lies about Watergate. The lies told by Lyndon Johnson, members of his administration, and generals about how we were winning the war in Vietnam. In January, The Washington Post reported that by the end of his term, former President Trump “had accumulated 30,573 untruths during his presidency—averaging about 21 erroneous claims a day.”

I could go on, but you get the point.

George Orwell was prescient when he wrote in 1984 about Newspeak and the Ministry of Truth. We have already achieved the former in what we are allowed to say, or not say, lest we be smeared with nasty rhetorical stains. Let’s revisit the Ministry of Truth for those who haven’t read the book or need a reminder.

The Ministry of Truth was related to Newspeak in that it had nothing to do with truth. It was propaganda by another name. Its job was to falsify historical records in ways that aligned with government policies and its version of those events. It was also tasked with defining truth, which sometimes resulted in “doublespeak,” or contradictions, that served the purposes of the state.

Today, truth has become subjective and relative. It’s now a personal matter. You have your “truth” and I have my “truth.” Even when they contradict each other, it doesn’t matter as long as we both feel good about it.

This flawed notion has contributed to our cultural decline. And it’s opened the door for the type of propaganda Orwell warned about.

The truth is supposed to set us free. But if we can’t recognize or define it, we will remain in bondage.

I’m Cal Thomas.


MARY REICHARD, HOST: Tomorrow: John Stonestreet joins us once again for Culture Friday.

And, we’ll tell you about a streaming series that puts a fantastical spin on an important chapter in U.S. history.

That and more tomorrow.

I’m Mary Reichard.

MYRNA BROWN, HOST: And I’m Myrna Brown.

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