In this Jan. 22, 2009, lecture at the Kansas City Public Library's Plaza Branch Truman Forum, sponsored by the Show-Me Institute, Tom Bloch, and the University Academy, Eric Hanushek outlines the fundamental changes that need to take place in Missouri's failing urban schools before parents can expect to see real change and improvement for their children.
On Jan. 20, 2006, the Show-Me Institute sponsored a luncheon featuring this presentation of "Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy." In this talk, Lawrence Reed, then the president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and currently the president of the Foundation for Economic Education, explains a set of principles that aid in the evaluation of public policy. He includes a number of historical examples to bring life and focus to his discussion. Show-Me Institute President Rex Sinquefield introduced Reed.
On July 30, 2010, the Show-Me Institute joined many other think tanks around the nation by hosting an event in celebration of the life and legacy of the influential economist Milton Friedman. At this event, Dr. Michael Podgursky spoke of the benefits of school choice, Dr. Susan Feigenbaum spoke of the negative impacts of discrimination in a free market, and Dr. Daniel Thornton spoke of the dangers of irresponsible monetary policy. Dr. Joseph Haslag moderated, and Dr. Bonnie Wilson introduced the event.
July 31, 2010, would have been Milton Friedman's 98th birthday. To honor his vision and the impact he has had on our society, The Foundation for Educational Choice collaborated with policy groups from around the world to hold events in Professor Friedman's honor on Friday, July 30. The Show-Me Institute was among the groups participating.
On June 7, 2010 staff members from the Show-Me Institute presented their thoughts on the best and worst bills of the 2010 Missouri Legislative session. This presentation is another in the Show-Me Institute's series of Show-Me Forum discussions presented on the first Monday of every other month.
Two Show-Me Institute policy analysts, a research assistant, and two interns all head out for a free-market field trip. Shoe shines are a perfect example of how a simple exchange of money and services leaves both parties better off. The man giving the shoe shines trades some of his surplus time and effort in exchange for cash that he can use to buy many other types of goods and services that he may wish to consume. The staff trades some of their cash for a service that adds value to their shoes' appearance, making the footwear more durable and enhancing their professional appearance.