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Williamson Evers on Trump Education Policy: On Socialism in School, Revisionist History & Progressivism
Posted: Mon. July 1, 2019, 12:18pm PT

In what ways has education in America dramatically transformed over the past century? How exactly is the Trump administration’s approach to education different from that of the Obama administration? What has been behind the push for common core, and how has it affected the US education system?

Independent Institutute Senior Fellow Williamson Evers, who served as head of the Trump transition team for the Department of Education sits down with Jan Jekielek of The Epoch Times to discuss what Evers considers to be the greatest problems facing the education system in America today, including glaring omissions in today’s history textbooks, as well as the contemporary debate surrounding school choice.

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Recorded: Mon. July 1, 2019
Experts: Williamson M. Evers
Type: Television

Sr. Fellow Richard Vedder speaks at the Manhattan Institute
Posted: Mon. June 17, 2019, 9:59am PT

Sr. Fellow Richard Vedder, author of Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America speaks at the Manhattan Institute about the issues facing higher education.

Higher education in America is in crisis. Costs are too high, learning is too little, and the financial payoff to students and taxpayers is often abysmal. In Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America, economist and economics professor Richard Vedder documents how this precarious situation was fostered by the expansion of government involvement in the academy, especially at the federal level.

Recorded: Tue. June 11, 2019
Experts: Richard K. Vedder
Type: Other Event

Book Presentation: Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America | Richard K. Vedder
Posted: Thu. June 13, 2019, 10:25pm PT

Richard K. Vedder, Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and author of Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America, offers his solutions to the rising costs, mediocre academic performance, and declining payoff of American higher education. Tom Lindsay of the Texas Public Policy Foundation hosts the discussion.

This video was recorded by the Texas Public Policy Institute.

Recorded: Tue. June 4, 2019
Experts: Richard K. Vedder
Type: Other Event

Common Core: A Decade of Making American Education (even) Worse
Posted: Thu. June 13, 2019, 1:13pm PT

Research Fellow Vicki Alger, author of Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s Children appears on Real Talk with Riggin on KZIM/KSIM radio in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Alger discusses the failures of the US Department of Education and the Common Core curriculum which was implemented ten years ago.

Recorded: Thu. June 13, 2019
Experts: Vicki E. Alger
Type: Radio

“Common Core Turns Ten” Research Fellow Vicki Alger appears on the Rod Arquette Radio Show
Posted: Wed. June 12, 2019, 4:54pm PT

It's the ten year anniversary of Common Core. Are children better off as a result of this government intervention in education? Research Fellow Vicki Alger, author of Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America's Children talks with guest host Jason Chaffetz, retired US Representative from Utah, about the record of Common Core and the US Department of Education.

Recorded: Tue. June 11, 2019
Experts: Vicki E. Alger
Type: Radio

Senior Fellow Ivan Eland on C-SPAN Discusses the History of Executive Power
Posted: Tue. June 11, 2019, 11:12am PT

Ivan Eland talks about his book, War and the Rogue Presidency: Restoring the Republic after Congressional Failure, about the executive branch’s expanding role in defense and foreign policy.

Recorded: Tue. May 28, 2019
Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television

“Student Loan Debt” Sr. Fellow Richard Vedder appears on the Lars Larson radio show
Posted: Mon. June 10, 2019, 3:48pm PT

Sr. Fellow Richard Vedder, author of Restoring the Promise appears on the Lars Larson radio show to talk about college student loan debt. Vedder says colleges and universities should have "skin in the game" and be responsible for a portion of defaulted student loans. He offers other ways in which college can be made more affordable and efficient.

Recorded: Fri. June 7, 2019
Experts: Richard K. Vedder
Type: Radio

Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America | Richard K. Vedder
Posted: Tue. May 28, 2019, 4:08pm PT

Higher education in America is in crisis. Costs are too high, learning is too little, and the payoff to students and society is increasingly problematic. In Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America, Richard Vedder shows how the precarious position of colleges and universities results from a mostly unsuccessful expansion of governmental involvement in the academy, especially at the federal level.

Recorded: Tue. May 28, 2019
Experts: Richard K. Vedder
Type: Independent Institute TV