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Friedman, The Inventor- In- Shill

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In his article   in the NY Times   Friedman   just   follows   the diatribe of some executive who says we need to teach K-12   the innovation and have   "lab schools'. Of course, both Friedman and that executive are sacrosanct- nobody can   even try to challenge them. I will try though.


  1. We need less Friedmans   and more   Palasts.
  2. We need less executives   and more cooperative property.
  3. We need less shills and more honest people   in power and visibility.
  4. We need less Joes and more     people like Cindy Sheehan.
  5. We   need SI ( system international) measuring system in the country. We and some country in Africa are the last ones   who do not have it.
  6. We need NATIONAL EDUCATION with    a   net of   schools    where students start at 7 and   graduate at 18 TOGETHER in one compound, so that they grow together.
  7. We need schools to be funded   from Income Tax.
  8. We need NATIONAL STANDARDS on all school curricula.
  9. We need   to put an emphasize on the   basic   understanding, also arts and sciences and curb significantly the sports, make sports only recreational except for people who want to pursue it   professionally through special sports schools.
  10. We need to abandon all sports college scholarships.
  11. We need to restore the admission   to colleges on merits only and restore the entrance exams.
  12. We need to abandon SAT, GMAT, all the stupid intermediate computer -- based placement tests, return to written and oral exams and   introduce special pedagogical   colleges   with teaching degrees. We need to abandon   the teaching certification.
  13. We need   to pay teachers much more but   the requirements for their proficiency are to be much higher.   We need Teachers Union to sponsor   people who want to study teaching and teach per subject.
  14. We   need to totally redo our languages   program -- every kid graduating has to   be fluent in English and at least two more foreign languages.
  15. We need to restore the vocational schools and the institute of technicians. Those schools are to be sponsored   by the industries/private sector.
  16. We need teachers to cooperate with each other.
  17. We need private schools   to   lower tuition and   be ONLY HIGH SCHOOLS.
  18.   We need eventually all the   religious -- affiliated   schools to join the net of public schools   while retaining   the stuff and   "character'.
  19. We need   to push for   the bachelors degree to be the result of the High School.
  20. We need universal Health Insurance for all.
  21. We need   innovations   to be spearheaded   by the government   institutions   with   subsidizing   public schools in   appropriate projects with the government contracts    being eventually awarded to those companies   which co- sponsor those projects.
  22. We need nurses in all schools and TOTAL PROHIBITION OF ALL PSYCHO-RELATED drugs for kids. There is no such thing   as ADD, no such thing as   abnormal kid, no such thing as stupid student. There are only lazy and malicious adults.



If we do only 10% of the   above it would be a miracle. But only after we do all of the above we can follow Finland or other like them.   Of course, by then we will have no Friedman's or Joes and real people will solve real problems. Until then we can laugh our ears off at the INVENTOR-IN -- SHILL   and   his cronies. Have fun.

PS. Oh, yes, Friedman  said  on Morning Joe (and they all agreed in mutual howling) that Arab Spring had gone 'the wrong way'. Not the way he wanted. Those pesky Arabs, they need more education in shilliness, I suppose.



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