While Cons would rather not hear or deal with it, yet more Inconvenient Facts, Friedman again points out some interesting developments that the Super Patriot Cons like to completely ignore. Read and Think:
April 22, 2009
Swimming Without a Suit
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Speaking of financial crises and how they can expose weak companies and weak countries, Warren Buffett once famously quipped that “only when the tide goes out do you find out who is not wearing a bathing suit.” So true. But what’s really unnerving is that America appears to be one of those countries that has been swimming buck naked — in more ways than one.
Credit bubbles are like the tide. They can cover up a lot of rot. In our case, the excess consumer demand and jobs created by our credit and housing bubbles have masked not only our weaknesses in manufacturing and other economic fundamentals, but something worse: how far we have fallen behind in K-12 education and how much it is now costing us. That is the conclusion I drew from a new study by the consulting firm McKinsey, entitled “The Economic Impact of the Achievement Gap in America’s Schools.”
Just a quick review: In the 1950s and 1960s, the U.S. dominated the world in K-12 education. We also dominated economically. In the 1970s and 1980s, we still had a lead, albeit smaller, in educating our population through secondary school, and America continued to lead the world economically, albeit with other big economies, like China, closing in. Today, we have fallen behind in both per capita high school graduates and their quality. Consequences to follow.
For instance, in the 2006 Program for International Student Assessment that measured the applied learning and problem-solving skills of 15-year-olds in 30 industrialized countries, the U.S. ranked 25th out of the 30 in math and 24th in science. That put our average youth on par with those from Portugal and the Slovak Republic, “rather than with students in countries that are more relevant competitors for service-sector and high-value jobs, like Canada, the Netherlands, Korea, and Australia,” McKinsey noted.
Actually, our fourth-graders compare well on such global tests with, say, Singapore. But our high school kids really lag, which means that “the longer American children are in school, the worse they perform compared to their international peers,” said McKinsey.
There are millions of kids who are in modern suburban schools “who don’t realize how far behind they are,” said Matt Miller, one of the authors. “They are being prepared for $12-an-hour jobs — not $40 to $50 an hour.”
Majority of countries in the world doesn't have free education as we have in the USA...so my observation has nothing to do with how much the taxpayers has to pay for one's education but rather it depends on the student. If one is interested in learning they can even do it themselves (i.e. Lincoln).
I believe the problem in this country is the free education...John Payne once said "What we obtain cheaply we esteem too lightly". This is the problem we have people are so used to getting something free that they just don't care.
"...we have people are so used to getting something free that they just don't care."
Klaus, I think there is much truth in your comment. It applies to public education, to corporate fringe benefits, and elsewhere people don't fully comprehend what others do for them.
It is a big reason government should assume the minimum controls necessary for our security and general welfare. When resources are thrown into a central "pot", and those withdrawing from the "pot" have not been accustomed to self-evaluation, self-education, and self-discipline, the almost certain result will be waste by the withdrawers and embitterment among those inordinately forced to throw into the "pot". Even though many would prefer to be self-sufficient, the option will not be available to them. The inevitable result will be an increase in the number of withdrawers. I think it is called socialism...
ducKie sayd > I sugest that YOU spend your time searching for your DREAMS rather than finding piles of CRAP! <
ok den ducKie i bee singin da blues !!!!
QWAK,bohraht,I sugest that YOU spend your time searching for your DREAMS rather than finding piles of CRAP!
Here is a DREAM you will likely find WORTH searching for! :)
Have FUN and --- 50% more IS worth the EFFORT! ;)
the DUCK ROTFL :)
mad dog azz alfalfa told dib > Your are the TP that wipes Limbaugh's & Cheney's arses <
maybee so mad dog azz alfalfa
butt u r whatz inside all those arses
Fibs.. Never would I think to waste my time to try and educate you. YOu are Fibs. You are ruled by your Con faux BS. Your are the TP that wipes Limbaugh's & Cheney's arses. But you are fun to put on tilt and enjoy for entertainment purposes.
alf, you know little of use to yourself or anyone else. There is doubt among many whether the president's "participation" in any religion has been anything other than expedience in pursuit of personal gain (and I don't mean spiritual gain). His most notable "participation" was with Rev Wright's church, arguably more attuned to black power than Christianity.
Incidently, I am sure dog will now be all over you for your spelling (:-].
mad dog azz alfalfa told dib > One of the things I really like about you. Living up to ur name. For the language challenged that means a lyer <
lezzt we forget mad dog azz alfalfa that u Kontinu to live up to ur name
/ \ ur the * mad dog
liKe u didn't Know
Fibs.. One of the things I really like about you. Living up to ur name fibs. For the language challenged that means a lyer.
Suppose you missed that part of the program that emphasized that Obama had parcticed no other relegion than Christianity. IIRC that's the same as you.
Kind of makes you a two faced Bon of Sitch. But we knew that already. Didnt we.
"The Islam insertion had absolutely nothing to do with anything..."
If true, why hitchhike on it to call me a racist, etc?
Perhaps you ARE unhappy. Well, actually, maybe the other names you called yourself apply too. You should know best about such things.
"...touched a nerve." Not quite. I amuse myself by picturing things about goofy people. For you, it is a somewhat macabre piece of humor; i.e., an epitaph:
"HERE LIES DOG - his final lie"