In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, we listen in as Heartland Senior Fellow Bruno Behrend joins the Dave Elswick show to discuss the latest on Common Core. Behrend and Elswick talk about the the popular perceptions of common core and public education and why they are not the solution to our educational problems.
Author: Bruno Behrend
Last Sunday’s New York Times had an article highlighting the implementation of the new teacher evaluation system being put in place in Tennessee. The system is part of the Race-to-the-Top[…]
I’ve never been that impressed with the quality of ideas and ads put forth by the Republican Admen responsible for producing TV and web ads for their candidates. The ads[…]
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You have to admire a guy who simply knows what needs to be done and does it. It’s even better that he’s gutsy enough to double-down in the midst of[…]
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I’ve got to weigh in against Heartland’s Marc Oestreich in his post about public sector unions. (This is a free-wheeling libertarian think tank. We’re bound to disagree.) In the interest[…]
In a post sure to make our friends at the Cato Institute heads’ explode, I’d like to take this opportunity to say that the events in Egypt and Tunisia are[…]
“a strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied. Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable.”
The folks over at Powerline Blog have an insightful post on the mindset of our current president. It comes by way of Bobby Jindal’s book, “Leadership and Crisis,” where Jindal[…]
What if we had REAL neighborhood schools? How can there be a “neighborhood school” when the entire public apparatus is run by a conglomerate of protected (essentially “privatized”) interests who churn bonds, taxes, and contracts for their own financial gain?
Subhead: It’s not about bashing teachers, it’s about changing the entire system … At least, that was the message I conveyed on Fox News Chicago on Sunday Morning while discussing[…]
When a near-certain Presidential candidate starts talking about getting rid of public unions, it’s time to start thinking about becoming an optimist. Government Unions vs. Taxpayers. (TIM PAWLENTY, 12/12/10, WSJ)
I’ve been saying that that if our education system – the Government Education Complex – falls, it will fall quickly. It will appear unassailable up until it simply collapses of its own weight, expense, and internal contradictions. I think that is starting to happen, and I think the Parent Trigger is an idea that will accelerate that process. That is why it deserves support.
I doubt if I was the first person to use the phrase “Government-Education Complex,” but I use it often to describe the current education system. Others have clearly started to[…]
As someone involved in the education reform movement, I hate to criticize Michelle Rhee. That said, if you want to bring about a better education system, you have to identify[…]
The solution for health care – to the extent that it can be called one – is to transition, as rapidly as possible, to citizen/family empowerment. Individuals and families need to be empowered with choice, and collectives (governments, hospital associations, doctor’s associations, and insurance companies) must be aggressively disempowered to the point where they are mere servants of families and individuals.