"Educated and raised differently" that phrase is easy to appreciate in a country like Afghanistan where the literacy rates are 28%. You can see why we would want this to occur - because educated people are people who have a reason to live instead of becoming suicide bombers. Educated people want their children to grow up and build healthy communities and not spend their time as part of a terrorist group. What Friedman learned is that humans who know how to live full lives make the ending of terrorism possible. After 8 years in Afghanistan, it's clear that attacking terrorism from the outside isn't working. However empowering people through education and good early child development gives them the skills to change it from within and that is the keyto shifting the strategy and creating the solution we all want.But the need for "being educated and raised differently " isn't true just in a third world country""this is true in the United States as well. And in fact, if the US is going to regain its position as a world leader""the sooner we understand this, the better. The future we're heading into will depend on people who have reached their full human capacity potential. This requires us to invest in the "9 months and 21 years to create this next generation". And the only way this is going to happen is if we finally understand and acknowledge that the work done in our homes has to become part of our paid economy. There's no way we can expect someone to do this work without compensation while expecting the highest levels of outcome. And we need these high level outcomes for our future. We're a post-consumer economy walking full steam ahead into a Knowledge/Service economy and this requires people who know how to think, create and find solutions for the ever-constant changes that our world will be experiencing.
Fact: one in seven adults in the US is functionally illiterate. This didn't occur in their adulthood - it's the outcome of their childhood experience. We are losing ground every day we do not understand the impact this will make on not only the US, but the world. We can no longer afford to have the raising of our children be unpaid work. This work is far too important and the outcomes it produces - adults that are able to function fully in the world - requires us to give this work the respect it is due and pay for it commensurately. Otherwise, the US will not be prepared for the 21st century and we will certainly not be the leaders we could be. That would be a huge loss simply because we do not understand that it is time to leave the status quo behind and create a broader economic system that includes this work as part of the measured economy. What Mr. Friedman unknowingly discovered is that it is time for a Full Spectrum Economy. A Full Spectrum Economy is a 6 sector economy - the current markets, government and illegal sectors and then adding the three missing sectors""household, volunteer and natural as parts of the measured economy. This makes possible the ability to pay those who do the vital work in the home as a professional career sector and elevate the expected outcomes along with it. Think "Human capacity development professional". It is the wave of the future and it will allow the US to take the lead in radically transforming the global economy. Now, we all know that Mr. Friedman is a fan of Capitalism and believes that the "markets' are where innovation and new solutions will be created in the future. But great markets""and for that matter, great governments can't happen if we devalue the work done in the home. The people who make great markets are products of the "9 months and 21 years" that come out of those homes.