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Techno-Suicide
by Flying Fox AKA Ted L Glines   
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Last edited: Tuesday, March 11, 2008
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"Americans always do the right thing, but only after exhausting all other possibilities." ~Author Unknown but appreciated

 

 

 

 

 

 

Techno-Suicide
by Ted L Glines

We are struck by the way that high-tech design and engineering is off-shoring to India and China. We think this is because of cheaper labor. When we do our homework, we find other major concerns, and we find some alarming comparisons and self-destructive policies.

Following the Industrial Revolution, America climbed to a supreme position in technology. One reward for winning WWI and WWII was the induction of many foreign scientists, engineers, and other prime movers who would help America to achieve technological supremacy in a struggling world. The history of this ascendancy reads like a dramatic news-reel of technically explosive national growth.

But we now sense a slow dwindling in the stature of America as king of the technology hill. Possibly more importantly, we sense a slow but steady emergence of India and China as forces to be reckoned with in the world technology market.

In an American school's first grade class, if you ask the kids what do they want to be when they grow up, their charming answers range from “fireman” to “actress” to “quarterback,” and so on. But the kids in a first grade classroom in China or India will startle you with “scientist” or “cardiologist” or “engineer.” Why this difference? How, at their young age, could they have such lofty career goals? Where is this going?

When asked what high school is all about, an American freshman might answer, “High school is about having fun. All too soon, my life will be about work and marriage and children.” Most American first-year college students do not yet know what their major will be. Indecision rules.

Finally, the American college student decides on a major, and here are the results of that decision:

“Business was the most popular  field of study among those receiving four-year  bachelor’s degrees  in 2004-2005, the most recent academic year for which the  National  Center for Education Statistics provides data. Of the 1,439,264  bachelor’s degrees awarded, 311,574 were conferred on business  majors.

“Under the categories used by the center, the social  sciences was the next  most popular field of study -- with 125,494  degrees awarded -- followed by  education (105,451), psychology  (85,614), visual and performing arts (80,955),  and health professions  and related clinical sciences (80,685).”

~http://www.america.gov/st/educ-english/2008/January/20080108183351zjsredna1.267642e-02.html


Sports interest and participation predominates in American high schools. It is not untypical for an American high school to be known by its team symbol and name. I stress this to define an important motivational factor driving current curricular processes.

In India and China, there is no sports competition between schools. There is no thrust toward sports training beyond basic physical education. In the first twelve years of education, emphasis is on mathematics, science, and world cultural history. In these two countries, the high school student begins studying at 7 AM, goes to school, comes home and studies until 7 PM. Chinese and Indian students are highly motivated by a deep need to bring themselves out of the bleak darkness of poverty and into prosperity's happy light, and they see America as a success template.

By comparison, we see American students as being largely unmotivated, and American parents as being largely unhelpful. We see an American school system which is plagued by low grade levels. Our students have been labeled “little test takers” and teachers as “test givers.” The SAT has eclipsed any attempt at education in our American lower schools. End product is a generation of American young people whose highest ambition will be to become a manager of a Pizza Hut, a dental technician, a social worker, or perhaps a rock-star.

In China and India, a 13-year-old student will be educationally about three years more advanced than his/her counterpart in America.

America recognizably has the best colleges and universities in the world. This is not true in India or China. The level of teaching in Chinese and Indian colleges is decades behind American schools.

High school graduates from India and China are sent to attend American universities and colleges. They typically graduate with degrees in medicine, engineering, computer sciences, and anything high-tech. Then what happens? When interviewed, Chinese and Indian graduates state a desire to remain and add their learned expertise to America, but they have been told that they will not be able to stay beyond the end of their schooling. Having gained their high technology expertise, they are denied when they apply for a work permit.

Due to post 9/11 concerns, there is very limited availability of work-permits which would allow the foreign graduate student to remain here, to work in America. Congress has asked Homeland Security about lifting these restrictions, but there has been no interest in doing so. Therefore, these highly educated graduates return to China and India, where they are now creating high-tech companies and enterprises which are entering the international market to compete successfully against a slowly dimishing American presence.

"As most of the H-1B (work permit) visas are granted for technology workers, companies such as Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, and Google have been lobbying Congress to raise the cap. They argue that the US needs foreign labor to make the US more competitive in today's global market.

"As for the Republican side of the issue, John McCain, the leading contender for his party's nomination, also feels that increasing H-1B visa quotas is needed to keep America competitive. While he said he would continue supporting an increase in H-1B visas, McCain feels that the most Americans would rather clamp down on immigration."

~http://www.workpermit.com/news/2008-02-14/us/h1b-race-begins-april-quota-increase-future.htm

Do not look to "off-shoring of jobs" as a convenient scapegoat in the growing high technology crunch. Instead, look at the way we throw away our college graduates and, even more crucial, look at the way our lower schools (and parents) fail to motivate our own American students. Having built a NASA world, we are moving into a convenience-store future. This is a reality-check in a world which is moving on.

 

 

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Reviewed by Malcolm Watts (Reader) 3/14/2008
Good points Ted. On the other hand, it is also true the the developed countries of the world have often been guilty of skimming the professionals from the third world that are desparately needed there. In Canada, we give these professionals priority to come here and then they often have great difficulty gaining certification to work as professionals - a terrible waste all around when doctors and engineers end up driving taxiis. Malcolm Watts MSW
Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 3/12/2008
Is it not amazing that we allow good people to come to learn here and then send them away, yet let those who do not contribute to stay. It's a great write and well felt. Lady J
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 3/11/2008
When the bowl of bubble gum is finally empty, the need for more will force a realization, there is no one left to refill it. Motivation starts to want that bubble gum, and the drive to fill that empty bowl. It happens in most cultures that accuired empire at one time or another. otherwise Ditto Keith and Georg. A great Article! Blessing Ted! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/11/2008
Our (meaning American) priorities are all screwed up: instead of aspiring to be the best you can be, we all want to be famous - it's all over the media - the celebrity worship - whilst in other nations, education is a high priority. A clarion cry of change - very well penned.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Keith Rowley 3/11/2008
Interesting view on the decline of empire - of the decline of the West in general I think. The thirst for knowledge on which human progress depends has been killed and suppressed by a dying culture that values and rewards those who manipulate wealth far above those who create it.

Reviewed by Georg Mateos 3/11/2008
Now Ted, let me delicately whack that wasp nest with my baseball bat, the actual state of things in America, in my opinion are due by the combination of corrupt Union bosses vs. corrupt CO's, the first lining their pockets and collecting power bases with total disregards to whom they reprented and/or the Nation's future; the seconds, although they claim otherwise, had no regard for the investors other than they didn't take their capital off the Consortium, and also, as the Union bosses busy lining their pockets and collecting power bases.
Both had them an strangle hold on politicians, political parties and the making of laws that prohibit anyone to call upon them for accountability.
Technologically we are OK, it is the human factor that's strangling the life out of America.
Better to mothballed the Statue of Liberty and put instead a Golden Calf, it is more suited to the America of today.

Georg
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