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¿Study says lack of talent?
Someone hands me a newspaper folded to a headline proclaiming that "lack of talent in the US feeds offshoring". I'm prepared to read about how the US will soon produce its television programs in Mumbai, or how we're going to scour China for candidates for next American Idol, the current crop so talentless even rockers notice. But no; the article, admittedly written by a journalist, is so confused it becomes what it attempts to tell. Is there a word for this, like onomatopoeia, for such a hapless misunderstanding that it becomes what it purports to report? A Latin expression for an article imitating the very problem it intends denuding?
Granted, journalists tend not to learn much of anything except to pen leaden prose necessary to convince readers they bear heavy messages. Moreover, I have not read the report, The Globalization of White-Collar Work, that Jonathan B. Cox purports to illumine in his article, though experience reading newspaper articles regarding economics (I have been told the same is true of science, mathematics and engineering) has taught me journalists never get anything right. If a mistake is possible, it will be made; if not, a way will be invented.
The upshot of the article seems to be that this report claims jobs move offshore not only to save money, but also because talent is not available in the US. I don't understand what is meant here. There is likely a massive pool of talent in the US. What seems missing is a certain set of skills. In our rush to provide each and every breathing US citizen a college degree, we have dropped the purported goal of schooling, namely education; that is to say, the ability to read and to think. Granted far fewer are awarded degrees in this faraway place "offshore," but when they are it tends to mean they actually learned something. For the most part in our make-work economy here in the US, where nothing is demanded besides pieces of paper certifying the right class, skills are unnecessary. But to maintain such an economy in a global setting is difficult to impossible.
And consider the chimp elected as President of the US, likely part of that 30% of college grads from his generation unable to read with comprehension anything beyond newspapers. (The number for the current generation is 70%; that is to say, 70% of college grads in this generation are unable to read with comprehension.) If a semi-literate bozo who eschews reading can become President of the United States, why would anyone bother to read or to think? (Of course, not many have his father's connections.) Though it needs to be remembered that the voters recently bitch-slapped the man and his brain, Karl Rove, into some semblance of reality for starting a pointless war they could not win on the cheap. Perhaps some "booklarning" might have saved them from so gross an error.
But the article talks about talent. That makes no sense. Talent is not needed. The desire to work and, God forbid, to think are what is needed. The fundamental ability to read and to reason. And granted some missing specific skills. This is the second confusion in the article.
It says, and I quote:
"Too few students are getting advanced degrees in science and math, and companies can't import enough foreign workers because of visa limitations."
This is contrary to every study I have seen. Advanced degrees in science and mathematics do not get jobs, certainly not high paying jobs. MBAs get high paying jobs, lawyers get high paying jobs, physicians get high paying jobs, and even engineers can get high paying jobs from time to time. Not scientists or mathematicians. So where does this bit of nonsense come from?
Here is the confusion in a nutshell:
"Companies worldwide are scouring the globe for the best programmers, engineers and other professionals."
That may be true. I know plenty of people from around the world with degrees in computer science and other forms of engineering who are able to get jobs, though their opportunities in the US are limited. (Many US companies have told their software engineers to find other ways to contribute or ship out, other ways meaning either management or marketing.) For the most part, US students are too lazy and ill-prepared to study mathematics, science or engineering. They all want to become instantaneously rich and famous as broadcast journalists or business moguls, though none of the business moguls I know about ever studied "bidness" (and most never graduated from college).
The confusion is this: Science and mathematics are not engineering; they have little to do with one another. There are certain forms of computational facility required for certain types of engineers, with the most abstract needed by electrical and control engineers, sometimes by mechanical engineers. But at most this amounts to a formulaic approach to differential equations, linear algebra, a modicum of probability, a minor acquaintance with the Fourier transform. Nothing outside low-level undergraduate courses, certainly not the stuff of advanced degrees. Sometimes a little physics helps, but not on a formal level. I have known oodles of excellent computer programmers (or as they prefer to be called, software engineers) who know far less mathematics than I. In fact, software engineering requires next to no mathematics at all.
So why such inane confusion, akin to confusing the practice of medicine, a form of engineering, with the doing of science? Perhaps it goes back to the journalist, unless the study itself is badly flawed. More likely it is a combination, since one of the authors of the study, Arie Lewin, seems to be an academic practitioner of business and sociology, two areas devoid of science and mathematics and reason.
It may also go back to the hogwash fed US youngsters by their formerly doped-up parents, now foolish grandparents, telling their spawn how creative and gifted they were.
And the dupes believed it and acted as if it were true, and passed it on to their even lazier, more aggressively coddled spawn.
Nonetheless, it is telling as to why the US is so backward, since the highly educated who are writing these reports don't know shit from Shinola™.
Suffice it to say that the talented, the creative, gifted people in science and mathematics are worthless as tits on a boar. Just as the musically talented have no chance of making it with a popular musical career unless they quash or hide that talent. Aesthetically handicapped, brain-bound crazies.
Let's face it. The US is now officially lazy-land, with an educational system borrowed from Texas, aka The Big Stupid, soon able to proudly display the very bumper sticker now only displayed in Texas, Stupid and Proud of It. I wonder if that has been patented as a business process.