Wednesday, July 18, 2012


18 July 2012
Global American Series

Recent media articles have asked: "Is COLLEGE Worth the COST?"

Here is the SHORT ANSWER.

It's the 21st Century, a high-tech space age GLOBAL Economy. Americans can't fill over 2 million OPEN JOBS RIGHT NOW because they DON'T HAVE THE SKILLS TO FILL THEM.  If they did, our unemployment rate would PLUMMET to 6%!

So the answer is simple:  If you go to college to get an art history or other obscure, unneeded certificate, you are wasting your time and will end up flipping burgers for $10 an hour while our Asian competitors land the $70,000 to $100,000+ plus jobs. Why? Because THEY are getting advanced degrees in math, science, etc. needed for those jobs. Our kids are watching "Jersey Shore" instead.

Rather than majoring in "basket weaving" or "pre-law" to join millions of other lawyers with nothing to do, you would be better off traveling to a couple DOZEN countries -- and seeing how their technology ranks to ours. THAT would make our citizens SMART(er) Americans!

By traveling, our people would see that South Korea's internet is 8 times faster than ours; that European Smart Cards are less subject to FRAUD then our outdated, old magnetic strip cards in the U.S. They would see Maglev trains going 200+ miles per hour while we sit in traffic with old bridges and decaying infrastructure and trains that rock wildly at 60 miles per hour.

UNLESS Americans upgrade their skills and focus on being trained for the 21st Century SKILLS NEEDED in this unavoidable global economic chess match - with math and science skills being top of the list, they will not be able to can run computer manufacturing tools, etc.that will be needed and commanding the top salaries. And without those skills, our technology leadership is doomed.

We can't win in a world of high technology by if all our people know is "who was the best sitcom actor" and "I'll have fries with that" when we are in an inescapable and accelerating global economy.

Our future depends on our winning the high technology race against rapidly developing countries like  China, which will be launching its own space station when ours is over 20 years old and at retirement age.

This global economic race is 3D. SPACE is now the ultimate high ground for over 40 nations with space programs. Being burger flippers won't make Americans players in this brave new world.

Some Solutions (and to see how far the Chinese have come from when I first went there some 30 years ago) can be found at: "Agenda for American Greatness"

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