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Bob Barboza

CEO and Founder Kids Talk Radio, Kids Talk Radio

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Can you give me one idea that would help to save public education?

We can't and should not close down public education in America. However, we have to fix it and fix it fast.

The Big Question: What would it take to fix public education in America?

You can come close to solving this huge problem by getting involved in this conversation. We suggest that you deal with one or more of the following questions. We are the folks from Kids Talk Radio and we want to start this important conversation with you. Will you help us to get a conversation going?

1. How can we pay for public education?
2. How should we train teachers?
3. Should we have teachers organizations/teachers unions?
4. What do we do with children that don't behave?
5. Do we make an investment in training teachers?
7. What do we do with students that don't speak English?
8. What do we do with students that fall behind?
9. What do we do with students that are gifted and talented?
10. How do we fire anyone in the public school system?

We would love to start a conversation with adults dealing with any of these questions. Our next project involves getting kids in on this same conversation.


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    Jun 3 2011: Hire competent Teachers.

    Make public school teachers publish work related to their field.

    Challenge teachers to create consumable workloads for students.
    • Jun 5 2011: Teachers are going to be competent in their fields. They have to take courses and continue to do so in order to keep their license. Most teachers are teaching outside of their fields because of budget cuts- why pay 4 teachers when 1 can do the job of those other 3.

      Why would public school teachers have to publish work? I may not understand what you are saying here, so a little bit more information is needed. From the way I understand it, you want teachers to not only teach but also do research or write journals/articles relating to what they are teaching?

      And I'm a bit confused on your last point as well- what do you mean "consumable workloads'? Thanks for clarifying!

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