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Time Magazine Cover Illustration Idea


I had a bit of fun indulging my favorite career fantasy...A TIME MAGAZINE COVER.

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YOU WILL GET THERE - and sooner than you think....

Hang in there


The economy? I'm still waiting for the liberals to "evolve".

Dr. Bob:

Huh? People still read TIME???

Hmm, an armored hare - interesting.

The economist Schumpeter would argue than economies and businesses don't evolve - they revolve. The new and better ultimately destroys the old and the capital from the old revolves to fund the new and better.

So parts of economies brutally change as the new kills off the old.

Globalism and technology has caused Schumpeter's birth, death and rebirth cycle to speed up.

This provided a tremendous challenge to businesses, employees, governments and the educational system because the requisite skills
required change so rapidly and the relatively non-skilled job go overseas.

Ultimately, we need a government that allows businesses more freedom, flexibility and gives them an easier time to compete.

And I agree with Lee Iacocca that we need to ensure trade is fair, not free, when free trade puts us as severe disadvantage.

The education system in the USA needs a revolution because is it so ineffective - at all levels. We just aren't getting people with the right skills, we get too many that have unneeded skills and too many that are non-functional. And we don't have a good system for retraining.

John Cox:


Thanks for the thoughtful, considered response to the illustration's theme.


Actually, it was Karl Marx & Richard Engels who put forth the principle of "creative destruction" & the idea of "brutal change" caused by various man-made crises (resulting from things such as selective market intervention [i.e., favoritism], predatory business practices, over- or under-supply, war, etc.) on the macro level. Marx expanded on the concept later in at least one (maybe two) later works.

Schumpeter took Marx & Engels & turned them on their ears, basing his theory on quick & continuous innovation--in a laissez-faire model--in which there would be macroeconomic equilibrium. Progress should manifest relatively smoothly--barring negative externalities (e.g., government meddling, large-scale disaster) or negative internalities (e.g., myopic management, overemphasis of short-term measures such as firm NPV).

If your ECON prof taught you different, he/she was a commie. If your ECON book says different, a commie wrote it.

No real argument on the other points--other than to note that America is the only industrialized nation where it is maintained that all people are equally educable (& therefore a "minimum" education should be "standardized" & forcefully applied to all). Thank you Mann, Sears & Harper (of THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO... go figure), & Thorndyke (of COLUMBIA... no kidding).

Dr. Bob:


Agree on the education system - we tend to doom the bright and talented by forcing them to learn at the same pace as the average (or below).

Having been in the classroom behind the desk, I know that a lot of the non-achievers and low-achievers aren't stupid, they just aren't motivated to put in any effort and they get socially promoted.

I'm also not convinced that schools are as demanding as they ought to be - they seem to be very comfortable with mediocrity.

I'm thinking that few in the system - students, parents and recognize the true value of an education. I've noticed the most motivated students are typically the children of first generation immigrants.



You nailed my position in one sentence--& I certainly agree with you that it will take nothing short of a revolution to properly address the problems with American education (actually, with anything involving The State).

As I see it, there have been so many generations edumucated this way that most parents (God help their children) can't conceive of education being any other way.

The two general exceptions are professionals/elites who don't have their heads up their rear-ends & newcomers to the system (which encompasses first generation immigrants). What you'll typically have in that case is a two-caste school; an upper caste for the elites, a lower caste for the commoners.

“Do we really think that a government-dominated education is going to produce citizens capable of dominating their government, as the education of a truly vigilant self-governing people requires?” – Alan Keyes (sometimes he seems like a nut--sometimes he don't)


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