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March 25, 2011

School Reform Stuck on Old Ideas
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Are school reformers getting stuck in yesterday’s ideas? How can we improve our nation’s schools? An expert believes that radical change is needed to make a difference. Then – do you really know what’s in the food you eat? The startling answers might surprise you. Plus, we have expert advice on how to identify and break an addiction.
Episode Segments:
InfoTrak: School Reform Stalled
Frederick M. Hess is Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, author of The Same Thing Over and Over: How School Reformers Get Stuck in Yesterday’s Ideas. He believes that even bitter opponents who argue about how to improve schools agree on more than they realize. He suggested that uniformity frequently gets in the way of quality education and that the American education system must change radically.
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InfoTrak: Knowing What You Eat
Dietician and Wellness Manager Kristen Kirkpatrick said that consumers need to put more thought into the foods that they buy. She offered suggestions to help people read nutrition labels, which will help them make wiser choices. She said locally-produced meat and locally-grown produce is usually a healthier choice. She explained how to find a local farm or produce supplier, which usually can provide information about their food more accurately than a supermarket.
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InfoTrak: Breaking Addiction
Dr. Lance Dodes, author of Breaking Addiction: A 7-Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction explained how to identify an addiction and recognize key moments in addictive behavior. He said that every addictive act is normally preceded by a feeling of helplessness or powerlessness. He offered both long- and short-term advice for those dealing with an addiction.
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The Same Thing Over And Over
In this genial and challenging overview of endless debates over school reform, Frederick Hess shows that even bitter opponents in debates about how to improve schools agree on much more than they realize—and that much of it must change radically. Cutting through the tangled thickets of right- and left-wing dogma, he clears the ground for transformation of the American school system.

Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Frederick Hess
An educator, political scientist, and author, Frederick M. Hess studies a range of K-12 and higher education issues. He is the author of influential books on education including The Same Thing Over and Over, Education Unbound, Common Sense School Reform, Revolution at the Margins, andSpinning Wheels, and co-editor of the new volume Stretching the School Dollar, as well as author of the Education Week blog "Rick Hess Straight Up." His work has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets such as Teachers College Record, Harvard Education Review, Social Science Quarterly,Urban Affairs Review, American Politics Quarterly, Chronicle of Higher Education, Phi Delta Kappan,Educational Leadership, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, and National Review. He has edited widely-cited volumes on education philanthropy, urban school reform, the impact of education research, and No Child Left Behind. He serves as executive editor of Education Next, as lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, on the Review Board for the Broad Prize in Urban Education, and on the Boards of Directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, 4.0 Schools, and the American Board for the Certification of Teaching Excellence. A former high school social studies teacher, he has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University, and Harvard University. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University as well as an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum.

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Lance Dodes
Lance Dodes, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst with the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has been the Director of the substance abuse treatment unit of Harvard’s McLean Hospital, Director of the Alcoholism Treatment Unit at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (now part of Massachusetts General Hospital) and Director of the Boston Center for Problem Gambling. He annually chairs the discussion group The Patient witih Addiction in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at the fall meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is the author or co-author of a number of journal articles and book chapters about addiction. His books, The Heart of Addiction (HarperCollins, 2002) and Breaking Addiction: A 7-Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction (HarperCollins, 2011) have been described as revolutionary advances in understanding how addictions work. Dr. Dodes has been honored by the Division on Addictions at Harvard Medical School for "Distinguished Contribution" to the study and treatment of addictive behavior, and has been elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. He has been invited to speak about the treatment of addiction at symposia around the country

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Kristin Kirkpatrick
Kristin Kirkpatrick is a registered dietitian and wellness manager for the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute and Lifestyle 180 program. Kristin is a regular contributor to the "Doctor Oz Show" and provides expert opinions for several major magazines as well as media and web outlets. She has been helping individuals reach their personal goals for over 10 years and her specialties include weight management, nutritional genomics, dieting on a budget and community/worksite wellness.

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