There is no such thing as free education.

Bill WaltonEconomics, Education

“Free college tuition sounds pretty good, especially if you’re a parent with college tuition looming in the back of your mind. Who doesn’t like free things?” writes Dr. Anne Bradley. The truth is, making things free only makes them more expensive. If you lower the cost of something it won’t make it any less scarce. And if students do not pay for … Read More

The Education Debate with Jeanne Allen and Johnnie Taylor

Bill WaltonCulture, Education

Imagine you are Jeanne Allen 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 these giant sums to school systems, we, in effect, gave each child a backpack full of cash … Read More

The Education Debate with Jeanne Allen and Johnnie Taylor

Bill WaltonEducation, Entertainment, Podcast

 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 … Read More

The Bill Walton Story

Bill WaltonCulture, Economics, Education, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Health and Fitness, Investing, Podcast, 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 … Read More

Fixing our Education System with Jeanne Allen

Bill WaltonEducation, Entrepreneurship, Podcast, 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, … Read More