Ya think?

Was just reading this article. All about how US companies are hiring- overseas. Some excerpts

Corporate profits are up. Stock prices are up. So why isn’t anyone hiring?

Actually, many American companies are — just maybe not in your town. They’re hiring overseas, where sales are surging and the pipeline of orders is fat.


While most of DuPont’s research labs are still stateside, Connelly says he’s impressed with the company’s overseas talent. The company opened a large research facility in Hyderabad, India, in 2008.

A key factor behind this runaway international growth is the rise of the middle class in these emerging countries. By 2015, for the first time, the number of consumers in Asia’s middle class will equal those in Europe and North America combined.

Lovely isn’t it? Jobs are going overseas and the middle class in Asia grows while more and more Americans are on the dole and losing their homes.

So what got me in this article? Cuz it’s not like we haven’t heard all this before right? It was this little bit stuck at the end of the article-

Other economists, like Columbia University’s Sachs, say multinational corporations have no choice, especially now that the quality of the global work force has improved. Sachs points out that the U.S. is falling in most global rankings for higher education while others are rising.

“We are not fulfilling the educational needs of our young people,” says Sachs. “In a globalized world, there are serious consequences to that.”

Seriously- to me that little bit is the money quote. Stuck at the end of the article. We surely are NOT fulfilling the educational needs of our youth. We stopped doing that when the loons got ahold of the educational system. The schools now teach to the slowest child in the class. No more dividing up the class and letting the smarter children advance. No No No- can’t have that! Why it might cause the slower children to have self-esteem issues.  No keeping a child back a grade if he or she fails to grasp basic reading, writing and arithmetic. No no no. Just promote them and let them hold the whole class back in the next grade. Level playing field? NO- we have tilted the playing field against the brightest children in the name of psychobabble crapola.

If we want to get back to the top of the list in education we need to stop dumbing down the schools. How many remember the reading groups into which we were divided? Standing up beside our desks and reciting the times tables? Being separated into “Divisions” starting in Junior High?

My Dad was totally deaf and managed to graduate from public high school- without any interpreter OR sign language. He kept up through hard work, perseverance and the help of his family. Nobody cut him any slack or gave him any special treatment and he was NOT allowed to hold back the whole damn class.

We need a return to expecting excellence in the basics before we pass our children on to the next grade. We need to STOP holding back the smartest and provide classes for the slower children to learn at their own pace without impacting the entire educational system.



13 Responses

  1. What you mention is a problem but not that big of a problem in the overall scheme of things in what ails the public schools. The primary problem is a lack of funding caused by Joe and Jane Taxpayer voting down school levies. Not enough pay, ergo, many good teachers have to go elsewhere to better support their families. Case in point: my wife’s baby brother was a math and physics teacher which he loved. But he became a fire paramedic because he had his own family to think about. Who knows how many high school kids he would have influenced to pursue a career in engineering.

    Close to being the primary problem is the fact that modern parents don’t seem to care about teaching their kids anything. My wife did her part by volunteering in the local schools to teach children to read under a program called “Ohio Reads”. Even today, years later, young adults with their own children will stop her in the store and say, “You taught me to read. I can never thank you enough for that”.

    I know for an absolute fact that at the school where my wife volunteered, many teachers bought school supplies out of their pay for the children whose parents wouldn’t. in today’s tough economy, that tells me that those teachers care.

    • Funding of public schools and teacher pay rates (let’s not go into unions that protect incompetents ok?) is another issue altogether. My point in the post is that the public schools are teaching to the slowest children in a misguided attempt to level the playing field. We need to take the psychobabble out of the classroom and go back to the system that WORKED! We are destroying our country starting in the schools. When we hold back the brightest because the slowest might feel bad there is something terribly terribly wrong. These children will learn the hard way when they get out into the real world that there are no awards or prizes ( jobs, promotions and raises) for participation. In the real world there are winners and losers. My sister is a teacher. How is it that I took more English, History, Science and Math courses? She took things like classroom management, curriculum planning, abnormal adolescent psychology and early childhood pyschobabble. The telling statement she once made? “Teachers don’t need a degree in a subject (ie English, Math etc.) You just follow the planner- it’s all in there.” Now that is just wrong. I think if you want to teach anything you should know the subject. And THAT is a huge problem- the blind leading the blind. And goes a long way to explaining why high school graduates today can not read, spell or count change.

  2. “They’re hiring overseas, where sales are surging and the pipeline of orders is fat.”

    It doesn’t help that America taxes businesses every possible imaginable way either. Business is business. Profit is the goal for a business. Where profit reins greater than costs combined, a business will focus there instead.

    When the workforce is academically more advanced, business is likely to thrive with what that workforce can provide. A business will not succeed if its employees are ineffectual because they cannot read, write, logically think, do basic math, or do simple tasks.

    More power to to those whose motivation and hard work help them succeed, despite whatever their circumstances.

    • AMEN TC! When our children are passes from grade to grade without learning the material it is like building a house on an improperly constructed foundation. Businesses are going to go where the costs are lowest- including labor, taxes and materials. In order to get back to the top we have to have the best workers and the best environment. Otherwise we continue down the road to the one world order.

  3. PMM- My daughter taught high school in the Chicago public schools and it would sicken you to know how the administration runs those schools. In her case, she taught in a school that took the kids who didn’t pass the test to get into high school but they were too young to “drop out”. In other words, these were the kids that fall between the cracks. They had lousy education up to that point and then they were “warehoused” into one school for a year…just long enough to make it legal for them to drop out and the public school system would no longer be responsible for them.

    When my daughter started there (she was the only white teacher in the school) she had to endure derogatory racial remarks by the staff in the office on a daily basis. There was no such thing as discipline for the kids. There was a security guard who would intervene if the teachers or other kids were in danger, however.

    My daughter is very tiny, but a very strict teacher. She had that class of hers learning in no time. She put up with no backtalk and never backed down to a threat. Anyone disrupting the class were sent down to the principals office immediately (escorted by the security guard who really liked my daughter’s approach with the kids).

    Within the first few days the principal gave her hell for sending all those kids to his office and she told him, “If they don’t want to learn, they can’t be in my class to disturb the kids who want to learn.” Before you know it, her class had the highest rate of kids NOT cutting class. Their grades went way up and more than 75% of them passed the entrance exam into high-school at the end of the year–which is really good for that school. The kids really loved her and many of the other teachers respected her.

    Her reward? She was laid off the following year. Not fired, but part of a budget cutback. Funny how the one with the best results was booted from the school. She even said that she was told by the principal to quit giving the kids false hope of going to college or making something of themselves. This was a black principal talking about his black students. He would rather see them drop out and join gangs, as long as they were out of his hair.

    Oh…and the teachers union was no help when it came to stopping the racial remarks by the staff in the office. She was told to just ignore it.

    That’s the Chicago Public School system which was run at the time by Obama’s buddy…Arne Duncan.

    • Your daughter gets a big high five from professionals, and nothing but disdain from those feigning to support the system they supposedly espouse. Shame on those school administrators and teachers who did not support her. They are like the crabs in the bucket who drag down the crab trying to get out. Sad they actively undermine anyone trying to make for improvement. Your daughter will find a more supportive and encouraging environment, where her students will thrive and return thanks for her hard work.

  4. Just stopped by to wish you a Happy New Year.

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    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

    Ok…I’m done. 🙂

  5. From your lips to God’s ears!

  6. Happy New Year to PMM and all the PMM-ites!

  7. Same BS, different POTUS. Its all the same….

    Happy New Year, PMM!!

    Wishing you and yours all the best

    • {{{Anthony}}} Yup- Same old song and dance, my friend! Happy and Healthy New Year to you!

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