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The State of Healthcare and Education in the US
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Health care costs have been on the rise for decades. According to some experts, its the greatest long-term fiscal crisis facing our country, and it demands a solution. But so far - nobodys found one. Dave and Dr. Paul Howard, the managing editor of Medical Progress Today take a look at our broken health care system, and offer solutions on how to fix it. Plus - the report card for No Child Left Behind.
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The Fragmented Nature of the US Healthcare System
Dave and Paul Howard, managing editor of Medical Progress Today, examine the state of the US Healthcare system; why politicians wont take any risks to fix the problem, and why there is no national standard for healthcare. Dr. Howard offers some out-of-the-box suggestions to improve the system.
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Undercare versus Overcare
IPreventive care or ongoing treatment; either way, youre paying for it. So which is better? Plus which countries set the benchmark for health care, which companies have the right insurance models, and can socialized healthcare ever exist in the US? Dave and Dr. Howard continue their discussion.
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Healthcare Answers in the Modern Day
In the final part of their conversation Dave and Dr. Howard discuss solutions to the healthcare crisis, and why Americans, even though they recognize theres a problem, dont want to do anything to help fix the system, for fear of losing what they have.
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Grading No Child Left Behind
Five years after its inception, what is the report card for No Child Left Behind? Dave welcomes Linda Darling Hammond, Professor of Education at Stanford University, to discuss the NCLB program, what its goals were, if it has met them, and if the education system even needed the program in the first place.
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Meeting the Intellectual Standards of the 21st Century
Dave and Professor Hammond continue their examination of No Child Left Behind: how we need to reevaluate our current standards, put more emphasis on critical thinking and creativity, and level the playing field through equal funding. Plus - are exceptional students actually being left behind by No Child Left Behind?
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Vocational Training and NCLB
Dave and Professor Hammond discuss vocational training and its place in NCLB; how can student access a full range of vocations to construct a pathway to a career? Plus - does No Child Left Behind have a future in the next Presidential administration, and why hasnt the government done more to standardize education?
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Linda Darling-Hammond
LINDA DARLING-HAMMOND is Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University. She also served as executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and Americaís Future, which produced the 1996 widely cited blueprint for education reform: What Matters Most: Teaching for Americaís Future. Darling-Hammondís research, teaching, and policy work focus on educational policy, teaching and teacher education, school restructuring, and educational equity. Among her more than 200 publications is The Right to Learn, recipient of the 1998 Outstanding Book Award from the American Educational Research Association, and Teaching as the Learning Profession, awarded the National Staff Development Councilís Outstanding Book Award in 2000.

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Paul Howard
PAUL HOWARD, Ph.D., is the managing editor of Medical Progress Today, a web magazine devoted to chronicling the connection between private sector investment and biomedical innovation, market friendly public policies, and medical progress. He is also deputy director of the Center for Civic Innovation at the Manhattan Institute where he reviews research and projects on urban issues. When Paul first joined the Manhattan Institute in 2000, he worked as the Deputy Director for the Center for Legal Policy where he edited research papers, managed legal policy analyses and organized conferences. Paul's commentary on breaking medical research and medical news appears weekly on Medical Progress Today. As editor, he has written on a wide variety of medical policy issues, including medical malpractice, FDA reform, and Medicare policy initiatives. Paul received his Ph.D. in political science from Fordham University in 2003, and is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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