Rick Hess: Letters To a Young Education Reformer [AUDIO]

With my recent move from Illinois to Michigan, I’ve experienced a significant change in the education environment. Michigan is a “Schools of Choice” state, providing parents options as to what school children may attend:

Schools of Choice programs provide students with additional enrollment opportunities, which range from allowing students to determine which school within the resident district they will enroll, to allowing non-resident students to enroll in a district other than their own.

School choice, vouchers, and charter schools long have been an interest of mine, so it was wonderful to talk with Rick Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute.  His new book is “Letters To a Young Education Reformer“. Here’s the audio:

A Duct Tape Double Standard

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A joke about placing duct tape over the mouth of a politician is unacceptable speech and the language of a rape culture. Actually placing duct tape over the mouth of a politician in a web ad is a sharp way to get your point across.

These divergent points of view are brought you by Illinois Democrats, who less than a month ago were apoplectic about an effort at a bad joke by Chicago radio host Steve Cochran. While Governor Bruce Rauner was on the phone line as a guest on his show, Cochran referenced a Rauner ad featuring duct tape as a metaphor for short-term fixes in Springfield. (more…)

Life Lessons From The Twilight Zone

This was a blast. Virtually anyone who knows me knows how much I love “The Twilight Zone”. I’m the guy who watches the twice-yearly marathons on SyFy, even if I’ve seen the episode 15 times. So, talking to a guy who literally wrote a book on the topic? Yes, please.

Mark Dawidziak is the author of the new book, “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone“. In essence, taking life lessons from episodes of the series. I’m actually thinking about trying to teach a seminar course on “The Twilight Zone” & American society in the late 1950s/early 1960s, so this was great prep.

Here’s the audio:

Rep. Randy Hultgren: Return to Patient-Focused Care

Illinois Congressman Randy Hultgren was first elected in the Tea Part wave of 2010 and has represented the 14th District well since that time. He’s one of the most earnest lawmakers I’ve had the pleasure of talking to and he’s always well-versed on almost any topic that comes up in the course of an interview.

Last week while filling in on “The Michael Koolidge Show,” I was joined by Hultgren to break down the new Republican health care bill. Clearly Hultgren does not believe this is a perfect measure and would like to see some improvements. But, all in all, he thinks it’s an improvement over the current situation we find ourselves in with Obamacare rules and  regulations. Here’s the audio: