Tyler Cowen has the following recommendation for reforming economics graduate education:
Make all U.S.-born students spend a month in a rural third world village, preferably one without a shower.
This would sure help the average American better appreciate how good he has it in America, but would he really learn any economics lessons from it?
[W]ouldn't a benefit of globalization be that now we can benefit from having much more status than people in other countries? Americans should watch the television channels of third world countries. We'll watch and say "What they're all excited about getting a new pressure cooker? We're so much better off than them" and we'll be happy.