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STF: Education reform, how safe are trucks, entertainer Stephen Lang

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 12, 2014 1:22 PM

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The role of public schools has changed. In the last hundred years, schools in many ways are being asked to raise children.  At the same time, schools are still teaching students for life in an industrial society.  So says public education advocate Jamie Vollmer, author of the book, Schools Can't Do It Alone.

Vollmer appears on Smart Talk Friday to discuss his theories on how education can be updated and improved and as you'll hear, community is an important part of any change for the better.

Also, the tragic crash of a tractor trailer into the rear of a limousine that carried actor/comedian Tracy Morgan last weekend in New Jersey has focused attention on truck safety.  Once word came out that the driver of the truck hadn't slept for 24 hours, many began asking questions about laws regulating heavy trucks.

Jim Runk and Kevin Stewart of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association talk about the rules and a proposal to amend rules that regulate the hours a driver can be on the road.

WITF Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson talks with David Taylor of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association about a recent study of drug use in the manufacturing industry.

Finally, actor/producer/writer Stephan Lang joins us too to discuss his one man show Beyond Glory.

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Comments: 2

  • Rich img 2014-06-13 08:52

    Too bad the Truck association got to spill their organizations viewpoint without a chance to receive questions

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-06-13 08:56

    Stacey emails:

    It is surprising to me that you are so casually discussing 60 – 70 hour work weeks. That is asking a lot of a human being, especially a worker whose concentration and attention has to be heightened for such long periods of time.

    What are the standards in other countries? How does the US compare?

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