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Tuesday, June 7, 2011
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Tweeting, texting and drinking? Should we lower the drinking age from 21 to 18?
Let's face it, many American teens have had their first taste of alcohol long before they turn 21. Breaking into the parents liquor stash or getting an older friend or family member to buy booze is almost a right of passage. Now a few experts and 130 college chancellors are saying, let's stop pretending and lower the drinking age from 21 to 18. They claim that underage drinking forces kids to drink subversively and can mystify the behavior in a way that makes it more enticing to young adults. The result can be an over consumption of alcohol (a.k.a binge drinking) which can be extremely dangerous, if not fatal. One expert wants to institute a type of learner's permit for drinking. An underage person can have a few privileges, like drinking with the family, until they prove they are responsible enough to drink without supervision. But not everyone agrees. The number of 8th, 10th and 12th graders who have engaged in binge drinking has gone down since the drinking age was increased to 21 and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that keeping the drinking age at 21 saves about 800 each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Medical Association both agree that the drinking age should remain 21. What do you think? If you're old enough to vote and fight for your country, are you be old enough to drink a beer? But if we allow 18-year-olds to buy and drink alcohol legally, will there be more drunk drivers on the road and as a result more lives lost? Listen to Patt to weigh-in and we promise, she'll be sober.
SUPPORTS LOWERING THE DRINKING AGE
David J. Hanson, professor emeritus of sociology at the State University of New York at
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AGAINST LOWERING THE DRINKING AGE
James C. Fell, Senior Program Director, Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation Alcohol, Policy and
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Lowering the drinking age, cont’d.
2:08 – 2:19:30
2:26:15 – 2:37
National Council on Teacher Quality report is released, but will it amount to change at LAUSD?
The stats are sobering: only 52 percent of LAUSD students graduate in four years; Latinos make up 73 percent of LAUSD's student body but their graduation rate is about 40 percent; only a little more than 10 percent of LAUSD's 9th grade students are proficient in Algebra 1, a key indicator for success in high school. The targets for blame are always plentiful when looking at the failures of public education and one group that has received its fair share are teachers. A new report out by National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has released a comprehensive study entitled Teacher Quality Roadmap: Improving Policies and Practices in LAUSD wades into the debate of teacher performance, echoing calls for reforming the profession. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa calls the report thorough and thoughtful and hopes to use the research to work with LAUSD to improve outcomes. The report calls for changes in teacher recruitment and screening and improvement in teacher evaluations and tenure. Is the reform easier said than done, or as simple as ABC?
Elise Buik, president and CEO of The United Way of Greater Los Angeles
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Having trouble with your e-mail? T.V. not working how you remember it? Laptop being uncooperative? Then it’s already happening, the Robopocalypse. A new book by Daniel Wilson, Robopocalypse details the not so far-flung future of a world ending disaster, committed not by fire or ice, but by robot. Today we have Daniel on the show to, most importantly, quell our fears regarding the imminent threat of machines to our wellbeing. Afterwards we might then talk about his new book. What you could learn might (will) save your life. Tune in and make sure the Robopocalypse stays a work of fiction.
Daniel H. Wilson, writer, television host and robotics engineer; author of ROBOPOCALYPSE
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