Never forget that Friedman viewed the destruction of New Orleans as an "opportunity."
http://www.naomiklein.org/shock-doctrine/excerpt "Most New Orleans schools are in ruins," Friedman observed, "as are the homes of the children who have attended them. The children are now scattered all over the country. This is a tragedy. It is also an opportunity."
That comes from the OP-ED he wrote for the WSJ just 3 months after Katrina. The full article is, of course, behind a pay wall.
I think it's no coincidence that the children are viewed as dollar figures through this lens (the number of vouchers the private schools will receive), then placed in settings that teach certain skills and behaviors (though these are not the skills the schools highlight).
There is teaching and learning going on there, including:
Adherence to fundamentalist thought that promulgates not questioning authority, being uncritical, and valuing doctrine, obedience and exclusivity.
Restriction or complete non-access to materials that would counter or call any of the above into question.
Conditioning to systems and environments that emulate corporate models (the isolated cubicles being a prime example of that)
Scary stuff altogether and the astounding ignorance of proponents such as the politician in your OP just makes it even scarier.