As you enjoy your weekend, listen to this Dropout Nation Podcast on how education reform can help foster community renewal. Contrary to the arguments of defenders of traditional public education, school reform is critical to addressing other community needs and ultimately building the middle class needed to improve neighborhoods.

You can listen to the Podcast at RiShawn Biddle’s radio page or download directly to your iPod, Zune, MP3 player or smartphone. Also, subscribe to the podcast series. It is also available on iTunes, Blubrry, Podcast Alley, the Education Podcast NetworkZune Marketplace and PodBean. And the podcast on Viigo, if you have a BlackBerry, iPhone or Android phone.

A new Dropout Nation Podcast, on school reform and the mid-term elections, will debut tomorrow.