BTS 8/20/07: Iraq War Deaths; Letters to a Young Teacher

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Tonight we go beneath the surface on two subjects: Iraq War Deaths and Education.

We begin with Les Roberts - who co-authored the Lancet study published in 2006 that scientifically estimated Iraqi deaths at 650,000 – and ask him about the methodology used, why it was dismissed by both media and the government and whether it can be extrapolated and updated for now.

We then have an extended conversation with Jonathan Kozol, educational reformer extraordinaire about his new book Letters to a Young Teacher, and we’ll talk about the qualities necessary to cut through the dead verbiage of educational reform to get to what it takes to get to real learning.

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1. Les Roberts, an epidemiologist at Columbia University's Mailman School of Health, became prominent in the news just before the 2004 U.S. presidential election, for his study estimating that 100,000 Iraqi civilians had been killed in the Iraq war, at a time when official U.S. government estimates were much lower. In October 2006, an expanded follow-up study was released that gave a point estimate of 651,000 deaths having occurred, within a 95 percent confidence interval from 300,000 to 900,000.

2. Jonathan Kozol is the National Book Award–winning author of Death at an Early Age, Rachel and Her Children, Savage Inequalities, Ordinary Resurrections, Amazing Grace and more. He has been working with children in inner-city schools for more than 40 years.