> With technology and globalization, our children are > not simply competing against the students in the > school district or state next door; they are > competing against the 3 billion new capitalists in > Russia, China, India and other developing nations > that are clamoring to take our jobs and our middle > class way of life.
Actually, they're working hard to prepare themselves for future opportunities and life styles, which need *not* come at the expense of North Americans.
Some of the best, most interesting jobs are in planning and development, where this parochial "us versus them" attitude just gets in the way.
> Michigan's citizens have historically demonstrated > their willingness to invest in our children. They will > do so in the future when fundamental changes in > Michigan's public education system assure them that > the investment will pay off for our children and our > collective future.
The shortage of qualified math teachers in this country means a lot of 'em get recruited overseas, from the Philippines for example (3rd largest English speaking country).
So now we're supposed to blame the Filipinos for studying hard enough to be qualified math teachers, and for taking "our" jobs? I don't think so.
Thanks to the Internet and global airlines, people are freer to move about, filling whatever slots are open. North Americans have these same freedoms.
I do appreciate that Watkins calls them "three billion capitalists." We're all playing by the same rules for a change. May the best teams win, and/or reap what they sew.