FROM Patrick Welsh
Amy Chua, Tiger Mother Amy Chua has become famous as author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother , especially after the Wall Street Journal published an excerpt titled, " Why Chinese Mothers are Superior ." She's also a professor at Yale Law School and author of previous books called World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and, Global Instability and Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance—and Why They Fail. We speak with Chua and get reaction to the book that's created an international sensation.
Does Rhee's Departure Signal End to Teacher-Centered Ed Reform? As Chancellor of Washington, DC's notorious public schools, Michelle Rhee got national attention for closing 23 poor-performing schools and firing 500 teachers. But the poster-child for President Obama's " Race to the Top " has resigned after the mayor who hired her lost his bid for re-nomination. What will that mean for "Race to the Top" and school reform based on teacher accountability? Is it a win for teachers' unions and the seniority system? Are other factors just as important as teachers when it comes to improving the quality of public education? Our guests today include Davis Guggenheim, director of the school-reform documentary, Waiting for Superman .
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.