Visa Shortage, Education, and Our Future

There is a compilation at findingDulcinea.com that really motivated me to post, today.  I think everyone should write Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) today and tell him how much he is RIGHT ON POINT about education and business operations in the US.

In a response to a request allow a greater number of H-1B Visas in the US, he responded in a letter by saying:

“I’m concerned that some companies are more concerned about their bottom line than about the dire need to better educate and train American students and workers. The solution is not, in my opinion, importing more foreign workers. Rather, we must strengthen educational opportunities for America’s students and workers, as you noted,”

I immediately wrote a letter praising him on this point. Here is my letter:

Senator Grassley,

These words are the stuff of great thinkers:
“I’m concerned that some companies are more concerned about their bottom line than about the dire need to better educate and train American students and workers. The solution is not, in my opinion, importing more foreign workers. Rather, we must strengthen educational opportunities for America’s students and workers, as you noted,”

I am a US high-tech worker, who has started his own IT Services consultancy. The trend of many US companies to move from a US Citizen labor force,  to an H-1B Visa labor force may make sense for the bottom line and corporate board members – the CFO’s are pressured to use this method of money manipulation – but this is obviously a short cited approach.
American politics and its citizens are notorious for historical amnesia. At the start of the Cold War, America shifted its public education curriculum to increase the quality of both math and science skills for our future workforce. This was entirely to help fight the innovations of Russia during the Cold War era, for future generations. But this also helped all aspects of our economy. The children that were enrolled and a part of these math and science enrichment programs were hired off to companies like Bell Labs, IBM, NASA, Corning, Boeing, GE, etc., all of which came out with amazing products and significantly drove the growth of our economy.
We are now lazy, no longer fearful of Communism, and hence we have forgotten about the importance of public education. H-1B Visas are the symptoms of this, as well as a deteriorated accounting standards system, which feeds into the needs and expectations of Wall St, causing companies to spend less time considering innovation and sales growth, and more time figuring out how to cut costs. Students are now seen as profit centers and schools are testing their fees to see how much the market will bare for increasing tuition fees, university “cost of living” adjustments, and decreased entry requirements. New graduates are encouraged into insane amounts of debt – both credit card and tuition – in ways that weaken the economy for the long run.  Students are encouraged to buy many expensive things – but on someone else’s dime; the banks. (OK, so short term – they DID help move the economy. Long term, they will bankrupt the economy.)
There is a saying that goes: With freedom comes responsibility. These newer US generations are no longer seeing how to be responsible for money. They are just digging themselves into greater debt without understand how or why. We are not generating a world-class population of innovators and wonderful capitalistic missionaries. We are creating a bunch of innept citizens who cannot figure out how to make change at the cash register nor figure out when it is appropriate to use addition and subtraction for daily life.
Just as the sub-prime market has fallen due to the banks request to make their own revised laws (striping away the older checks-and-balances) for money lending, so will the entire American economy at the inhereted hands of the new generations. America has allowed itself to become weakened educationally, and forgot about how healthy capitlism works.
We have yet to see the full fallout of this mentality. As a warning to you and the entire nation, when you find yourself at a hospital, weak and dependent on young doctors and nurses around you, can you honestly have trust that they will not mess up due to improper training?

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