Tom Friedman: Take Up the White Person`s Burden
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August 25, 2010, 04:13 PM
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You can always count on Tom Friedman in the NYT to express the state-of-the-art conventional wisdom in its purest form:

[Geoffrey] Canada`s point is that the only way to fix our schools is not with a Superman or a super-theory. No, it`s with supermen and superwomen pushing super-hard to assemble what we know works: better-trained teachers working with the best methods under the best principals supported by more involved parents.

The literary level isn`t quite the same, but Friedman`s thinking is similar to Kipling`s advice to the United States in 1899:

Take up the White Man`s burden— Send forth the best ye breed— Go bind your sons to exile To serve your captives` need; To wait in heavy harness, On fluttered folk and wild— Your new-caught, sullen peoples, Half-devil and half-child.