Eli Broad and Thomas L. Friedman discuss the state of U.S. education, and what lessons can be learned.
Eli Broad is founder of the Broad Foundations and a renowned business leader who built two Fortune 500 companies, SunAmerica and KB Home, from the ground up. Today, he and his wife, Edythe, are devoted to philanthropy through foundations, which they established to advance entrepreneurship for the public good in education, science, and the arts. The primary work of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation is to dramatically improve urban K-12 public education through better governance, management, labor relations, and competition. In an unprecedented partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and the Whitehead Institute, the Broads created The Eli and Edythe Broad Institute for biomedical research. Its aim is to realize the promise of the human genome to revolutionize clinical medicine and to make knowledge freely available to scientists worldwide. The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and The Broad Art Foundation have assets of $2.4 billion.
Thomas L. Friedman
Thomas L. Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist. His foreign affairs column in The New York Times, which appears twice a week, reports on US domestic politics and foreign policy, Middle East conflict, international economics, the environment, biodiversity, and energy. He is the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of six best-selling books: From Beirut to Jerusalem; The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization; Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11; The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century; and Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need A Green Revolution – And How It Can Renew America. His most recent book, That Used to Be Us: How American Fell Behind in the World We Invented and How We Can Come Back, is co-written with Michael Mandelbaum.
Eli Broad of Broad Foundations and Thomas Friedman of the New York Times discusses the failures of U.S. school institutions. Broad argues that school board members are too preoccupied with political careers to focus on improving education.