At my High School we have just recently been force fed into believing that since China/India are so much more proficient when it comes to math and
science that we will lose our jobs in the future..why all the focus on this all of a sudden? I have a few problems with this..
First, why are they subjecting most of the student population to this nonsense when not everyone CARES about math and science, one of the great things
about America which is slowly dwindling is our freedom to go with what we are good at. Personally I am exceptional at English, Writing, and History
but I am horrible at Mathematics! I understand that those are two monumental subjects but dont whine at me for not performing.
Another thing that makes me angry which is a blatant lie is that my teacher said these supposed ''Top engineering and computer jobs" are being
taken by the better educated Chinese and Indians! I don't know about you but I understand that you dont get a real "top Job" from just having a
better education or working for cheaper..you get it from your ability. Maybe the computer jobs they are refering to are the sterotypical indian
customer service hotline jobs..
My teacher also said that the "top" research is being done in other countries such as China and India and at that I had to laugh. What research?
Although China may have a solid scientific market, they are nowhere close to where America is at, the biggest research is being done in America and
many other western countries, research isnt about outsourcing for cheaper labor! It's about finding cures, discovering new stuff etc. !
Then she goes on throwing that arbituary ranking system around.. oh yeah America is ranked 14th in the world, I raised my hand and asked why
the need for such an irrelevant statistic, its obvious most of my fellow students have no idea what the ranking system even judges! She told me its
gauges high school graduations etc..but when i look at the countries we are competing against its easy to see why we are behind.
The german exchange student in my class said it perfectly. She told us the elite students like her go on to the universtiy, the lower go
to vocational jobs and the unmotivated and worthless peons go on to pick up trash! For the most part our schools are being compared to that top class!
I'm happy to be 14th in the world if it means we have the freedom to change our lives, the freedom to not be stuck in some life dictated by your
ability to follow orders and follow desired mindsets! You dont have to go to college to be successful, and i love it(although i do plan to go).
My teacher hit the lowest point when she said that people are scared America will become a "working-Class" country! What are we right now? The all
mighty and coveted Engineer at the engineering firm is as much an employee as anyone else! Everyone one is working class for the most part in America
except for the elite, she made the No Child Left Behind program sound as if it was a battle against Communism!
One thing I have noticed is all the non-technical jargon is being used to cloud the truth. The Head Principal told us that that are more "honor
roll" chinese students than every american high school student! What the hell does "honor roll" mean? Obviously good grades but they dont even
grade the same way we do. I understand they are trying to make it easier for us to see the danger but all I see is ignorance and propaganda.
I refuse to give up my dreams because of fear of a chinese "honor roll" student taking my spot.Sorry but when the time comes I will be ready to
perform and show my ability and if I am no match for my competitiors then it is obviously my fault.
I apologize if I am ranting I just needed a place to vent where I can hopefully see an intelligent discussion going on about why the huge focus and
propaganda to make american students feel as if there is no hope for a job in the future and the blatant lies about other countries!
[edit on 22-5-2008 by Zenskeptical]