Alan Greenspan has been discredited in a flood of mea-culpas; a desperate nation looks about for a new Oracle of Wall Street to make sense of the economy.
In a "pop quiz" interview with Suze Orman, the omnipresent blonde and tanned self styled “one-woman financial-advice powerhouse” - the October-November '08 Edutopia gives us this exchange as we grasp at straws for meaning in the ongoing fiscal and credit crisis.
Edutopia: Did you go to public school, or private school?
Orman: A public, inner-city school.
E: What was your favorite subject?
O: Math, absolutely -- math.
E: If you could change one thing about education in America, what would it be?
O: Easy: the cost and quality.
●●smf’s 2¢: We stopped reading here. Cost and Quality are two things. Math is first+foremost about counting things, we learned that from the Count on Sesame Street.
In the "Introduction to Business 101" first-day-of class mimeographed handout you learn that there are three variables in product deliverables:
You may change only one.
…and Ms. Orman never says whether she would would increase or decrease the cost and quality of Education in America.