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Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s Children by Vicki E. Alger
Posted: Wed. August 3, 2016, 2:41pm PT

American education is broken. How did it get this way? Let’s be honest. The federal government’s involvement in education is a history of failure. Stifling federal bureaucracy has let down parents and students, saddling children with a massive debt.

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Recorded: Wed. August 3, 2016
Experts: Vicki E. Alger
Type: Independent Institute TV

Vicki Alger, Ph.D., Author of Failure on Focus Today
Posted: Tue. August 2, 2016, 5:17pm PT

Vicki Alger, PhD., author of Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America's Children, explains the problems and offers sound, private, choice-based strategies toward overcoming the failures of America's government-dominated educational system.

Recorded: Fri. July 22, 2016
Experts: Vicki E. Alger
Type: Other Event
Issues: Education

Ivan Eland on U.S. Policy Toward NATO and Russia
Posted: Tue. August 2, 2016, 12:16pm PT

Senior Fellow, Ivan Eland talked to Washington Journal C-SPAN about U.S. foreign policy toward NATO and Russia, particularly in the wake of the recent failed coup attempt in Turkey.

This video was produced by C-SPAN.

Recorded: Sat. July 30, 2016
Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy

Research Fellow Vicki Alger, author of Failure appears on the Dr. Drew Pinksy Radio Show on KABC in Los Angeles
Posted: Tue. August 2, 2016, 11:49am PT

Research Fellow Vicki Alger speaks with nationally syndicated Dr. Drew Pinsky on his radio show about her latest book, Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s Children. Alger talks about ending the Department of Education, which has failed America's students since the department was formed in 1979. The bureaucracy that is added to administrator's duties by the Department of Education is harming teachers and students. Local school districts and the states are better suited to know the needs of parents and students, not federal bureaucrats in Washington, DC, says Alger.

Recorded: Thu. July 28, 2016
Experts: Vicki E. Alger
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Education

Research Fellow Vicki Alger appears on the Wayne Allen Root radio show on KBET in Las Vegas, NV
Posted: Wed. July 20, 2016, 1:24pm PT

Research Fellow Vicki Alger, author of Failuretalks about the importance of parental choice in education. Home schooling, Education Savings Accounts, charter schools and school competition are just a few of the ideas in her book that help parents overcome the problems associated with a one-sided approach to education. The federal government has no place in education, says Alger. Parents, not bureaucrats should decide what is best for their communities and their schools.

Recorded: Fri. July 15, 2016
Experts: Vicki E. Alger
Type: Radio
Issues: Education

The Race Between Tyranny and Liberty | Robert P. Murphy
Posted: Mon. July 18, 2016, 1:25pm PT

This event was held at Santa Clara University, on June 22, 2016.

Robert P. Murphy is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, Research Assistant Professor at the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, President of Consulting by RPM, Senior Economist at the Institute for Energy Research, and Associated Scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

He is the author of the book Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action.

Recorded: Wed. June 22, 2016
Experts: Robert P. Murphy
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Free Market Economics

Research Fellow Vicki Alger, author of Failure, appears on The Joe Pags Show on WOAI (TX)
Posted: Mon. July 18, 2016, 2:53pm PT

Research Fellow Vicki Alger, author of Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s Children appears on The Joe Pags radio show in San Antonio, TX and discusses the themes of her new book. The US Department of Education has failed students and parents since it was created in 1979. After spending billions of dollars on bureaucratic red tape, test scores for students have remained relatively flat. Instead of federal bureaucrats making decisions that effect students, Alger says local teachers, parents and administrators are much better suited for making individual schools work better for their communities.

Recorded: Thu. July 14, 2016
Experts: Vicki E. Alger
Type: Radio
Issues: Education

Research Fellow Vicki Alger, author of Failure appears on The Joyce Kaufman show on WFTL radio
Posted: Mon. July 18, 2016, 2:43pm PT

Research Fellow Vicki Alger, author of Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s Children appears on the WFTL radio and talks about the state of education in America. Alger advocates for eliminating the US Department of Education and localizing school management by allowing parents to have a choice of schools—and having schools compete for students. Public schools should not be laboratories for federal bureaucrats, says Alger. She talks about returning to teaching core subjects, not Common Core federal mandates.

Recorded: Thu. July 14, 2016
Experts: Vicki E. Alger
Type: Radio
Issues: Education