הצעותיו של פרופ' מנחם נתן לחשיפת הציבור לביקורתנו על הפרטת האוניברסיטאות

I write again in English, because it is faster. In my opinion we are rapidly approaching to point in which a "solution" to the wage erosion problem will be found (probably through mediation) and the strike will be over. That will leave us with the REAL issue – the "reforms" and the past destructive actions of the governments. The forum and in particular its Web site may be a very effective way to fight our cause and get the public on our side. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Gather all articles and other material published or prepared by us in the past few months and even years. Give each one a proper title and date (if missing), then post it one the Web site.


2. Have small ads (how to pay discussed below) published in all major papers, basically hammering out the main point/facts about the Treasury's destructive policies, and clearly directing people to the Web site for detailed information. The ads may already list the main topics in this Web site information, such as facts and numbers about Israeli academia, about its competitors in the US, about our "performance" vs these competitors, about student fees, about veteran laws related to education in the US, about spending on higher education per capita, vs. GDP, etc. I believe this is the most effective way to inform the public (at least the thinking one, i.e. the one with real influence on the decision making). This will also serve as a convenient "Academic information database" which we can update and add to.

3. Get money. We may find a sponsor, we may get assistance from our Vaads or we may even ask for membership fees. In any case, we need money.

 

4. Once we get the money, hire someone responsible for the Web site upkeep and updates, as well as for dealing with the flow of information. Also, get students and or graphic experts to present the data in easily understandable graphs or charts.

5. Send Haaretz, in the name of the Forum, a "last chance" request to publish a retraction/correction of the biased reporting and disinformation spread by Shtrasler and Arlazerov. Should such a request not be answered within a predetermined time (e.g. do it today and give them till Sunday), explain to them (nicely) that we, the Forum, will start a relentless campaign, using facts and pointing clearly to their sources, to correct the impression left by Haaretz's campaign that the Israeli Academia is "fat, inefficient and lazy) (my words). The campaign can again be by small ads that point to the Web site, where one can find all the articles and data. The cumulative effect of the material on the site will be, in my opinion, much greater than any single article or even bunches of articles published in a newspaper today and forgotten tomorrow.

 

This will be a long fight, but remember that INFORMATION IS POWER. We know that we are right. We also know how to gather facts and interpret them much better than the opposition. We need to also learn to present these facts and their meaning better than the opposition, and make clear to the readers, even the least educated ones, that the planned "reform" and the already implemented reforms are really, really bad for them and for their children's future.

 

Then we win.

 

Menachem Nathan, PhD

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Department of Physical Electronics

School of Electrical Engineering

TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY

Ramat Aviv 69978, Tel Aviv, Israel

 


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