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An Economist Looks at 90: Tom Sowell on Charter Schools and Their Enemies

interview with Thomas Sowellvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, July 2, 2020

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The day before this show was recorded, Dr. Thomas Sowell began his 10th decade of life. Remarkably on one hand and yet completely expected on the other, he remains as engaged, analytical, and thoughtful as ever. In this interview (one of roughly a dozen or so we’ve conducted with Dr. Sowell over the years), we delve into his new book Charter Schools and Their Enemies, a sobering look at the academic success of charter schools in New York City, and the fierce battles waged by teachers unions and progressive politicians to curtail them.

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Universities Sowing The Seeds Of Their Own Obsolescence

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, July 2, 2020

The media blitz during these last several weeks revealed a generation that is poorly educated and yet petulant and self-assured without justification.

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An Economist Looks at 90: Tom Sowell on Charter Schools and Their Enemies

interview with Thomas Sowellvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, July 2, 2020

The day before this show was recorded, Dr. Thomas Sowell began his 10th decade of life. Remarkably on one hand and yet completely expected on the other, he remains as engaged, analytical, and thoughtful as ever. In this interview (one of roughly a dozen or so we’ve conducted with Dr. Sowell over the years), we delve into his new book Charter Schools and Their Enemies a sobering look at the academic success of charter schools in New York City, and the fierce battles waged by teachers unions and progressive politicians to curtail them.

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John Yoo On The John Batchelor Show

interview with John Yoovia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo talks about his City Journal article "Pushing Back on Cancel Culture."

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Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his Forbes article "Now That Woodrow Must Go, Here’s Princeton’s Replacement."

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Michael Petrilli On The Education Gadfly Show: How Assessment Data Can Drive Instruction This Fall

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia The Education Gadfly Show Podcast
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli talks about Fordham’s new case study on data-driven instruction in Washington, D.C.

Thomas Sowell in front of a black background with an Uncommon Knowledge mug
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Thomas Sowell Sounds Alarm To Mark Levin About The Left's Efforts To Cripple Charter Schools

interview with Thomas Sowellvia Fox News
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Thomas Sowell weighs in on what he sees as a trend across the United States to stop the growth of charter schools.

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Why Grades Matter

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

A tenth-grader I happen to know pretty well takes her school grades seriously and derives satisfaction and pride from good ones (which, I might add, she routinely seems to get). This spring was hard for her—no fun for a teenager to be home with mom and dad all day, no contact with friends except on screens, and none of the face-to-face classroom interaction with teachers and fellow students that she adores. 

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Thomas Sowell, An Intellectual Giant

by David R. Henderson featuring Thomas Sowellvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

An American sage turns 90. 

Thomas Sowell discusses Intellectuals and Society on Uncommon Knowledge.
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Happy Birthday And A Terrific New Book By Thomas Sowell

by John B. Taylor featuring Thomas Sowellvia Economics One
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Thomas Sowell has a new book. It is terrific and timely. It is called Charter Schools and Their Enemies, officially published today, June 30, 2020, which happens to be his 90th birthday. Happy Birthday, Tom, and thank you writing such a beautiful book.

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