Show for Wed. 9/17/2014 7pm EST

­A month ago, I watched Val Kilmer portray Jim Morrison in the movie, The Doors. Discussing the film with folks familiar with the 1960s, I discovered that there is an entire population in the United States who glorify the addict, Morrison, and the entire drug scene of that era. Drug use of the 60s symbolized freedom, political change and even intellectualism. Those who see Morrison as a hero rather than a victim utilize his artistic immortality as a means to exonerate his hedonist behavior. Yet, the movie clearly articulated how Morrison subjugated himself to a plethora of narcotics, because he purposefully embraced the high and self-amplified his addiction. Like Joplin, Hendrix and others, he became another example of a young talent joining the 27 Club.

In the Internet driven culture of the 21st Century which birthed the Arab Spring, Morrison’s behavior and applause for his behavior has come alive again. Weeds, Breaking Bad and even broadcast TV shows now display the acceptance of drug use if not drug addiction. General social acceptance of narcotic usage insults the efforts of all those in AA and NA who strive to repair broken relationships and families and endeavor to save their own lives. For parents and educators, concern focuses on young people in the United States engaged in activities that propel them onto a path of self-destruction.
The new drug of choice is heroin. Today’s show focuses on the use of heroin in children as young as 13. David Malmo-Levine of the The Herb Musuem in Vancouver, Canada will share his knowledge on the history of heroin. Evelyn Sullivan, Managing Director of Daytops, discusses drug use in the state of New Jersey while focusing on girls between the ages of 13 and 17. Sgt. Jon Buccherre will discuss what is happening in Princeton, NJ.

Please watch at 7pm EST


Ethics in Education

Ethics in Education

Anthony J. Gray, Esq., President and CEO of Institute for Global Ethics shares his thoughts on Common Core and standardized testing. He also delves into the story of Princeton University neuroscience professor, Dr. Michael Graziano. His six year son had a disability called apraxia, but Princeton Public School educators accused the first grader of sexual deviancy.

This Wednesday 7pm EST –

Education Reform in Newark NJ

Newark, NJ, embarked on education reform that allows parents to choose a school from a network of traditional public schools and charter schools. The network of schools is called One Newark, and parents utilize a web based system to select the school of choice for their children. The Superintendent of Newark Public Schools is hand selected by the governor of New Jersey. Currently, Cami Anderson is the superintendent, and she has faced much opposition from parents and educators. John Mooney, founder and education writer for, discuss Newark, NJ’s education reform.

Education Reform in Newark, NJ from Education Roundtable on Vimeo.

Common Core Math Standards



The Common Core’s math standards focus on the objective of depth of understanding and ability to solve problems in multiple ways. On the subject of math facts, the Common Core directly state fluency goals for first graders.


Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 – 4 = 13 – 3 – 1 = 10 – 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 – 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).


However, the Common Core does not state how to achieve it. Commonly and traditionally, rote memorization and timed assessments dominate schools across the United States as the approach to teaching children fluency in math facts. Schools use popular programs like Rocket Ship Math, which give timed assessments. However, new research from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics find that timed assessments are actually detrimental to students. Board Member of NCTM, Dr. Jennifer Bay Willliams, PhD, of University of Louisville and Gina Garza-Kling of Western Michigan University wrote an article entitled “Assessing Basic Fact Fluency” in the journal Teaching Children Mathematics.

On Wednesday, May 29, 2014 at 7pm, Dr. Bay Williams and Ms. Garza-Kling will discuss their research in highly effective methods of teaching fluency. Please watch by going to





Happy 2nd Anniversary!

This post celebrates Education Roundtable’s Second Year Anniversary with Princeton Community TV. Two years ago, the first show spoke of the new assessments that will be heading for New Jersey and the rest of the nation as a result of the Common Core. This year, Education Roundtable celebrates the anniversary with a discussion about New Jersey’s participation in the pilot PARCC tests.

Smarter Balance, another standardized test aligned with the Common Core, and PARCC ask questions in math and English Language Arts that assess for critical thinking. However, the emphasis on the test has caused much concerns throughout the education arena. Educators complain the root of the emphasis on testing stems from Race to the Top, a federal level education program that gives states economic incentive to innovate education.

In 2010, 11 states and Washington, D.C. received funding under the Race to the Top program. An additional seven states
received a total of $200 million in 2011 to put their plans into motion. In states that won Race to the Top grants and in
states that did not, state leaders and educators embraced the challenge to bring forward their best ideas to improve education, with determination, courage and vision.

However, the Common Core created a national educational goal that allows for highly mobile families to receive relative consistency in education standards. Furthermore, for the first time, a national dialogue on what this nation needs and wants in education commenced. Educators, parents and students across the United States are blogging, commenting, writing and speaking about what is important to them. Education Roundtable and Princeton Community TV are proud to be a vehicle for the presentation of educational ideas from the standpoint of an independent voice.

This Wednesday at 7pm, please watch Brad Currie, New Jersey blogger and middle school Vice Principal of Chester School District, their participation in the pilot PARCC assessment.