I don’t believe that we are educating Americans appropriately. Large portions of critical industries are in the hands of foreigners because of the failures of US education. These failures are deep and systematic — all stakeholders share blame — but must be addressed.
My reply to this comment was:
< If they are in the hands of foreigners, then it sounds like what you really need is an army. Perhaps an army of students who want to learn, testing or no testing, but an army just the same. You should build your army the old fashion way, by recruitment, instead of trying to find blame. It sounds to me, as you describe the situation of these (now) foreign companies, what you are proposing is just too little too late. >
I had to laugh at the thought that someone at this (tdaxp) web site was worried about “foreigners” occupying critical industries of America. Exactly what foreigners are they worried about, ha!
While I haven’t visited this site very often in the last few years, it has always been a pro-globalization, pro-military/industrial complex advocate, which if I understand correctly has little to do about “being” American, and more about following wealth.
It seems funny now that so-called “foreigners” have penetrated and make up the bulk of both markets (globalization and the military/industrial complex) that the authors of this web site seems worried. As I said, exactly which “foreigners” are they talking about? Foreigners from another country, or the foreigners who are the opposite of our under-educated Americans in the topic deemed important by the critical (now foreign?) industries?
We are a culture of blame, and our education system (which tdaxp has narrowed the blame down to teachers and publishers) is now deemed to be the blame for the success of our Nation of Americans.
It seems funny to me also that the people who are educated, by our system of education, are the ones who are most critical of our education system. It is as if they had, without help from the system at all, elevate themselves in such a way that the system never touched them, as they went through it.
I admit, if they had gone through a system in which the system was built around the Teacher instead of Student, they may have become very good engineers. And maybe, because they were Students learning engineering, and because that is what they wanted to do, the system taught them how best to blame the system for what they didn’t want. Maybe that is what our system does best, create a nation of blamelessness in ourselves, and I don’t know maybe that is a plus.
What has become clear to me is that what our system does best is to produce people who are advocates of change, at least those with the time and resources to work at change, and I think they want change for the better.
This advocacy for change is something I don’t believe a system that is Teacher based can accomplish, but what a globalized world need now. Especially now at a time when the military/industrial complex and our critical industries have moved off-shore of the USA, are against change, and especially against change coming from Students.