Home Topics Personalized Learning Restoring the American Dream Restoring the American Dream By Tom Vander Ark October 31, 2010 85 0 TopicsPersonalized Learning ShareTweetSharePin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Five Steps to Embed Growth Mindset Practices into Learning Culture 5 Personalized Learning Strategies for the Online Learner Back In Person at the Model Schools Conference Microlearning – Is Small the New Big Idea? One Stone Students Serve Up the Glass Half Full 1 COMMENT […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Andres Henriquez and Tom Vander Ark, College Success Fdn. College Success Fdn said: RT @tvanderark: Restoring the American Dream, riff on Zakaria & Friedman and how #OnlineLearning fits in http://bit.ly/9chyU0 #edreform […] Reply […] producing in this country. We’re not producing workers who have the … Original post: edReformer: Restoring the American Dream Share and […] Reply […] Restoring the American Dream (edreformer.com) […] Reply Tom, good observations from Fareed. I’ll posit, though, that a winning analysis would look more at our values. Take healthcare. Our value system today says, if you want to go for four years in college, be a boy at the fraternity, take in a fairly non-intense course of study from entrenched leftish professors, upon graduation taking a comfortable job traveling the land, peddling sponges and catheters to nursing homes; then we will pay for much of your four years of fun, provide you with the softest of amenitites while you are there, finance your daily banquets at the food court, give you hot tubs, pools and saunas, see that you are entertained. Any costs we don’t cover directly we’ll least cover with low-cost, government-guaranteed loans, loans you can then use to justifiy a higher salary. Once on the job, we’ll provide you a good car, feed you more tasty restaurant meals, take you to New Orleans and Wrigley Field sales “retreats”, give you a fine health plan, and financially reward you generously. If, instead, you take a job out of high school lifting patients for their sponge-baths, changing diapers, spoon-feeding, offering comforting words, leading games and activities, engaging bewildered families; why then we will pay you less than enough to live on. Many factors drive this; downward wage pressure from the global market is but one. A lack of understanding and discussion of all those pressures is another. Fareed’s prescription, though, just exacerbates the current situation, the increasing income disparity. Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.