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“Our interviews with representatives of multinational and local
technology companies revealed that they felt comfortable hiring graduates
from only 10 to 15 universities across the country. The list of schools
varied slightly from company to company, but all of the people we talked
to agreed that the quality of engineering education dropped off drastically
beyond those on the list. Demand for engineers from China’s top-tier
universities is high, but employers complained that supply is limited.”
At the same time, China’s National Development and Reform Commission
reported in 2006 that 60% of that year’s university graduates
would not be able to find work. In an effort to "fight" unemployment,
some universities in China’s Anhui province are refusing to grant
diplomas until potential graduates show proof of employment.[...]”
“ In India, the growth in engineering education has been largely
bottom-up and market-driven. There are a few regulatory bodies, such
as the AICTE, that set limits on intake capacities, but the public education
system is mired in politics and inefficiency. Current national debates
focus on a demand for caste-based quotas for more than half of the available
seats in public institutions.”
“In the United States, close to 60% of engineering PhD degrees
awarded annually are currently earned by foreign nationals, according
to data from the American Society for Engineering Education. Indian
and Chinese students are the dominant foreign student groups. Data for
2005 that we obtained from the Chinese government show that 30% of all
Chinese students studying abroad returned home after their education,
and various sources report that this number is steadily increasing.
Our interviews with business executives in India and China confirmed
“The bottom line is that China is racing ahead of the United
States and India in its production of engineering and technology PhD’s
and in its ability to perform basic research. India is in particularly
bad shape, as it does not appear to be producing the numbers of PhD’s
needed even to staff its growing universities.”
immigrants adding value to US economy
“In 25.3% of the companies, at least one key founder was foreign-born.
In the semiconductor industry, the percentage was 35.2%.
“Nationwide, these immigrant-founded companies produced $52
billion in sales and employed 450,000 workers in 2005.
“Almost 80% of immigrant-founded companies were within two industry
fields: software and innovation/manufacturing-related services. Immigrants
were least likely to start companies in the defense/aerospace and environmental
“Indians have founded more engineering and technology companies
during that past decade than immigrants from Britain, China, Taiwan,
and Japan combined. Of all immigrant-founded companies, 26% have Indian
“The mix of immigrants varies by state. For example, Indians
dominate in New Jersey, with 47% of all immigrant-founded startups.
Hispanics are the dominant group in Florida, and Israelis are the largest
founding group in Massachusetts.”
“[...] Foreign nationals residing in the United States were
named as inventors or co-inventors in 24.2% of the patent applications
filed from the United States in 2006, up from 7.3% in 1998. This number
does not include foreign nationals who became citizens before filing
a patent. The Chinese were the largest group, followed by Indians,
Canadians, and British. Immigrant filers contributed more theoretical,
computational, and practical patents than patents in mechanical, structural,
or traditional engineering.”
“There is little doubt that there are problems with K-12 [kindergarten
to 12th year, 12th year is ~to age 18] education and that U.S. schools
do not teach children enough math and science. However, the degradation
in math and science education happened over a generation. Even if
the nation did everything that is needed, it will probably take 10
to 15 years before major benefits become apparent. Given the pace
at which globalization is happening, by that time the United States
would have lost its global competitive edge. The nation cannot wait
for education to set matters right.”
“In a series of experiments, Miami University undergraduates
were led to believe that they would view the faces of fellow Miami students
(the in-group) and students from Marshall University (a perennial football
rival, making them the ultimate out-group) on a computer screen.
“In reality, none of the faces, all of whom were white, were
students at either university. By merely labeling them, however, the
participants better recognized faces that they believed were fellow
“Religion placed immortal supernatural beings at the top of
the clan, thereby reducing everyday violence between adherents. Crusades,
jihads, and bloody schisms were the price paid for this improvement,
though in the grim context of human behavioral history, that was probably
“Some answers are: Because to pretend to be certain that such
big questions don’t exist is to be dishonest. Because noticing
what I’ll call "permanent mysteries" evokes wonder.
And most important, because people are afraid to die, and they sometimes
find hope in the unresolved status of the biggest questions. Take away
that hope and you hand victory to whatever creep can give it back.”
The tribal gods become a conditioned reality to ever
larger tribes. Wars between big tribes are a bigger pain than the wars between
The human animal has evolved from social and hierarchical
roots. How are they to be taught or learn to live in a rational world
outside hierarchy? Certainly not by the looney, godless, socialist
The exam system is mainly a highly inefficient means of rationing. The exams are competitive.
At the top, the standards are higher than they ever were. After all,
the science is rushing ahead. It is rushing to such an extent that the world of ox carts, well-digging and log tables, yearned for by
fogeys young and old, is long gone.
Now we have machines to do the sums, just as we now have
machines to plough the fields and dig the holes. And we have vastly more universities of knitting and pea-shooting.
You hardly expect to need 15 A*** passes at double advanced
A-Level in order to get into the Poughkeepsie or the Wigan Institute of Highly Advanced Studies.
But the average peasant would much rather tell their mates they
are attending the Wigan Institute of Highly Advanced Studies,
than saying they are attending “the Wigan Keep-them-happy-and-off-the-street-until-they-are-over-25-years-old
This is a very poor article and entirely misses both
the selfishness of such parenting, and the immense psychological damage
it does to the young.
The young respond to such parenting with a lack of
self-worth, lack of confidence and often a life of failure as they cannot
meet the requirements of adulthood.
The deep emotional response of a child treated ‘permissively’
is “nobody cares”, and they are fundamentally correct.
“You’ve got a generation of parents that does not believe
in punishing their kids. They say ‘you’re grounded for a
year’. And the kid cries and then they say ‘Oh all right,
then!’ A whole lot of parents don’t know how to control
their kids. The kids are in charge." Hammans certainly does know
how to say no, and back it up. But her point was that what she said
was far less important than what parents said and did. Hammans even
described the extraordinary situation where parents were not attending
parent-teacher evenings because "kids don’t want their parents
coming up here".”
“It ain't so much a question of not knowing what to do.
I knowed whut's right and wrong since I been ten.
I heared a lot of stories and I reckon they are true
About how girls're put upon by men.
I know I mustn't fall into the pit,
But when I'm with a feller, I fergit!
I'm jist a girl who cain't say no,” [Quoted from stlyrics.com]