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Harrison Bergeron , Extra Credit question (due 5/4) 10 points possible. Aim for at least a page, typed, double-space. Read the passage below from a recent Thomas Freidman New York Times column and the two blog responses, then comment on how the concerns revealed here relate to the concerns revealed in the 1995 film version of Harrison Bergeron. You might also comment about other concerns, besides the plight of the “average” American worker, are addressed in the movie, for instance about who wields power in our society, how that plays out on the world stage, or in our criminal justice system, or whatever. The New Untouchables By Thomas Freidman October 21, 2009 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/21/opinion/21friedman.html Last summer I attended a talk by Michelle Rhee, the dynamic chancellor of public schools in Washington. Just before the session began, a man came up, introduced himself as Todd Martin and whispered to me that what Rhee was about to speak about — our struggling public schools — was actually a critical, but unspoken, reason for the Great Recession. There’s something to that. While the subprime mortgage mess involved a huge ethical breakdown on Wall Street, it coincided with an education breakdown on Main Street — precisely when technology and open borders were enabling so many more people to compete with Americans for middle-class jobs. [. . . .] A year ago, it all exploded. Now that we are picking up the pieces, we need to understand that it is not only our financial system that needs a reboot and an upgrade, but also our public school system. Otherwise, the jobless recovery won’t be just a passing phase, but our future. “Our education failure is the largest contributing factor to the decline of the American
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