The Best of Our Knowledge
12:58 am
Mon August 28, 2006

The Best of Our Knowledge # 832

Albany, NY – A HEAD START ON EDUCATION: CLASSROOMS, CURRICULUM, LANGUAGE SKILLS, TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS & THE FUTURE -
As colleges and universities, and K thru 12 classrooms all gear up for
the new school year...so too do classrooms for younger children...those
who attend Head Start. Last week, we learned the Head Start program
began in 1965. It's overall goal is to increase school-readiness for
children of low-income families...to provide parity with their more
advantaged peers. Over the past 41-years, Head Start has grown to
serve 900-thousand children with a budget of 7-billion dollars. Per pupil
cost runs between 9 and 10-thousand dollars per child. And Head Start
attracts a remarkable one-million volunteers each year. This week, we
focus on what Heat Start classrooms look like, curriculum, language skills, teacher qualifications, and try to forecast what the future may hold. We
get those answers from Dr. Wade Horn, Assistant Secretary for Children
and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Horn holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from Southern Illinois University. Prior to this post, he was a former Professor of Psychology at Michigan State...former Director of Outpatient Psychological Services at Children's Hospital National Medical Center...and former Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University.
Dr. Wade Horn is also author of the highly popular and highly rated New
Father Book: What Every New Father Needs To Know To Be A Good Dad.
Glenn Busby reports. (15:29)

** Attention Program Directors. The website for those listeners
who would like to find out more about the Head Start program, is www.acf.hhs.gov **

GUEST ESSAY:
IF CHEATING IS WRONG, ARE STUDENTS WHO CHEAT WRONG? -
As schools swing into the new year, the questions of ethics and cheating
will likely once again be a lead topic. Why do some students cheat? We
are getting answers now from research just completed at Iowa State
University. It finds students rationalize cheating. Professor Jeffrey
Kaufmann is the lead author of the research paper titled, Ethical
Distancing: Rationalizing Violations of Organizational Norms. It's being published in an upcoming issue of the Business and Professional Ethics Journal and will be presented at an October forum through Iowa State's
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. We asked Professor Kaufmann to condense his findings into an essay for The Best of Our Knowledge. He calls this version: If Cheating Is Wrong, Are Students
Who Cheat Wrong? Kaufmann is a Professor of Management in the
College of Business at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
Professor Jeffrey Kaufmann comments. (3:30)