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Thomas Friedman Discusses Hot Flat & Crowded at Brandeis PDF Print E-mail

Tom Friedman, the three-time Pulitzer Prize winner for the New York Times and best-selling author, visited Brandeis to talk about his latest book, Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How It Can Renew America."

We can all learn a lot from Friedman, particularly educators.  Our sole purpose as educators is to prepare our children to live - no, thrive - in our world.  Actually, not our world, but the world of 5-15 years from now.  That's why I am sometimes so surprised at how few futurists we have in education.  Many teachers and policy makers don't seem interested in current trends in business, global markets, politics, pop culture, or even technology.  Those trends are shaping our world, and our world is metamorphosing at an alarming rate.  As educators, we should educate ourselves about the world that we are sending our children into so that we can better prepare them for it. To do anything less is irresponsible.

Friedman's speech, while fascinating, might not seem that relevant to K-12 educators, and so if you are having problems connecting the dots, key in on his Energy points.  He argues that we should have another educational revoution - like the space program, but about energy.  The country that masters its energy demands will master the world.  This directly correlates to our current curriculum goals - we need more focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) - and energy is relevant, timely, and Essential for our country's success.

Friendman's speech starts at 9 mins.