You may, or may not, have read or heard about New York Times’ columnist Tom Friedman’s amazingly silly column today where he says that Education Secretary Arne Duncan should be the next Secretary of State. His reasoning is bizarre, and he is being ridiculed from many corners today. I think it’s safe to say that this is one column he regrets publishing.
Unfortunately, it is not his first foray into writing an uninformed column on education.
Jason Linkins has written the best critique imaginable of Friedman’s column, and it’s definitely worth reading. Check out Thomas Friedman Has Some Dumb Ideas About Who Should Be Secretary Of State.
Unfortunately, Friedman is not alone among ordinarily smart NY Times columnist who lose it when it comes to writing about education. You might want to read When Bad Ideas Happen To Good Columnists….