Insta those figures you cite are staggering. I can't affirm or deny them, but I can only marvel at their implications. If I didn't know it before I do now, it is a knowledge economy. No surprise, the designers of how the wall is smashed down are paid more than the grunts who actually smash it down. However, in the omniglobal marketplace, how long before the peasants of Indo-China learn how to do it better or cheaper than the residents of Manhattan? Scratch that, I mean how long until they are paid for it? And what of trading financial instruments? So what is the next level higher on the specialization tier? Manhattan it seems is always at the Vanguard - Finance, Fashion, Food, etc. How will they redefine themselves next? In the next century, what are you going to do better than the unwashed masses who are hungrier, lower-price, and have almost the same tools as you?
(The answer starts with the letter i . It is the only thing that will save our national economy, and NO we don't have an exclusive license on it. But we should, and that is the key. Jingo ! Yes I've been rambling but I post here not for you all but selfishly for me, so that I can keep my shrink in a Lexus instead of a Bentley.
If you can master the Math and Science skills needed to keep pace by TEXTING your Thumbs off then the next generation should have a firm grasp of the future.
Unfortunately subject-matter-centered curriculums from the "Sputnik Scare" were what made this country take the lead in innovation and productivity. Far too many alternative unemployable degrees being offered by higher ed institutions.
The Hard Work mandate established during WW2 has been phased out.
Enough I's can make a We.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
CD stop with the nostalgia crap. Nothing in the minds and hearts of US citizens has changed these are exogenous factors at work. The masses in china, india, brazil, russia, everywhere now have the information we once monopolized. They don't need an Harvard education its all right there for them on the internet. Now what we have is true competition and whether you were a US citizen from the great depression, the 50s or a recent college grad the competition is now not so lopsided. Its fierce. And I feel for those who young americans who think that life will be like it was for their parents. But all is not lost. Because this is just a material conquest for which we arbitrarily assign value and perhaps, as a friend said, the buddha's devil, desire, will fade away and what we as citizens will begin to realize is that none of it really matters. This is what scares the crap out of Madison Avenue.