Jeanne Allen and Johnny Taylor on Education

Bill WaltonEducation, Entertainment

Imagine you are Jeanne Allen – who joined me recently on Common Ground – and you’re a longtime educational reformer, and you’ve coined this phrase, “backpacks full of cash.” And the phrase is catching on because it truly captures an exciting idea in American education – the notion that, instead of appropriating giant sums to school systems, we, in effect, … Read More

The Power of Social Media with Mike Thompson and Beverly Halberg

Bill WaltonCulture, Education, Entertainment, Policy, Politics

Thanks to the Internet and, increasingly, social media, we’re more connected than ever. We have Facebook friends and Twitter followers. We use Snapchat and Instagram to show our spontaneous sides. We post, comment, like, share and retweet information like never before.  We engage. We sell. We persuade. But are we building communities? Are we bridging divides? Or are we gathering in … Read More

The Bill Walton Story

Bill WaltonCulture, Economics, Education, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Investing, Policy, Politics, Self Help

It is interesting being the host of a production such as Common Ground. It is even more interesting to be a guest. Recently, my friend, the economist and writer John Tamny, turned the tables and interviewed me. And as I look back over the conversation and about the lifetime of experiences we discussed, I can’t help but think how much … Read More

Fixing our Education System with Jeanne Allen

Bill WaltonCulture, Education, Entrepreneurship, Policy, Politics

I’ve suspected this for some time, but after talking to Jeanne Allen on “Common Ground with Bill Walton,” I’m more convinced than ever that school districts are among the top impediments to improving American education. Sure, they are handy when it comes to getting volume discounts on paper towels for the restrooms and gas for buses. But as Allen, who … Read More