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Schools Figure To Suffer More From State Budget Shortfall

Aired 11/17/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Julian Betts, Professor of Economics at the University of California San Diego and executive director of The San Diego Education Research Alliance at UCSD

Bill Kowba, superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District.


The board of trustees of the California State University had a small riot on their hands yesterday, as they approved a 9-percent rate hike -- the third rate increase in a year. The rate hike will kick in if the system doesn't receive more money in next year's state budget. But the possibility of more money for education went down dramatically yesterday, with a grim prediction on an increasing state deficit and more budget cuts.

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ematus | November 18, 2011 at 12:42 p.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

This is a good time for school systems to abandon the conservatives "back to basics, 3Rs" approach and move to a "It takes a village" Socratic style education. Each kid is taught not how to memorize and to recognize (the lowest forms of knowledge and instead is taught how to learn. They can be supervised at higher densities per instructor because they begin as early as they can to becoming self taught.

The massive overhead of over-paid administrative level educators/planner can accomplish real work developing and running (vice destroying and eliminating) Socratic approaches implementing community/private resources and technology. Existing schools can become the centers for this approach as well as resources for evaluation, physical education, and other activities that require centralized infrastructure.

Very successful programs have existed but amazingly dispite their success are continuosly deleted for political reasons. The US needs not only to compete but to find a cost effective way to stay ahead of the rest of the world's future workers.

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