Re: further debunking the global competition myth
Nice find, Peter--look for Bush to ignore this in his State of the Union
Lie, where he is likely to tout the scare document originally known as
"The Gathering Storm"--now referred to as the Augustine Report.
> According to this December 2005 report from Duke University's School of
> Engineering, almost one-third of the world's science and engineering
> graduates are employed in the United States, 35 percent of science and
> engineering articles are published in this country, and the United
> States also accounts for 40 percent of the world's research and
> development expenditure.
> From the abstract:
> "The effect of the dynamics of engineering outsourcing on the global
> economy is a discussion of keen interest in both business and public
> circles. Varying, inconsistent reporting of problematic engineering
> graduation data has been used to fuel fears that America is losing its
> technological edge. Typical articles have stated that in 2004 the
> United States graduated roughly 70,000 undergraduate engineers, while
> China graduated 600,000 and India 350,000. Our study has determined
> that these are inappropriate comparisons. These massive numbers of
> Indian and Chinese engineering graduates include not only four-year
> degrees, but also three-year training programs and diploma holders.
> These numbers have been compared against the annual production of
> accredited four-year engineering degrees in the United States. In
> addition to the lack of nuanced analysis around the type of graduates
> (transactional or dynamic) and quality of degrees being awarded, these
> articles also tend not to ground the numbers in the larger
> demographics of each country. A comparison of like-to-like data
> suggests that the U.S. produces a highly significant number of
> engineers, computer scientists and information technology
> specialists, and remains competitive in global markets."
Jim Horn, PhD
As long as learning is connected with earning, as long as certain jobs can
only be reached through exams, so long must we take the examination system
seriously. If another ladder to employment were contrived, much so-called
education would disappear, and no one would be a penny the stupider. --E.
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