Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: Tribalism And The Wealth Gap

May 31, 2018

Purdue's president contends "shoddy scholarship" may be to blame for concerns about a wealth gap in America.
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In his yearly commencement address, Purdue President Mitch Daniels urged graduates to help stop the tribalism that’s plaguing the country. He also repeatedly mentioned how they could use the wealth they’ll generate to benefit society. But on this month’s conversation with him, he disagrees with the notion there’s a wealth gap in America, saying the statistics have been trumped up.

Speaking of tribalism and things that have been Trumped up – this time with a capital T – the president says his speech was not a dig at the president or his fiery administration. But has he carved out a space where he can be an effective critic of his fellow Republicans in power?

Also on this month’s show, Daniels wants to expand the model of Purdue Polytechnic High School, one of many charter schools in the state.

But charters have seen – at best – spotty success when compared to existing public schools, and they may be making it harder for parents to understand their kids’ education. So is expanding that model a good idea?