Tuesday, December 11, 2012

America's Secret Weapon - The H1B Visa

Dr. Michio Kaku says that our education system is so bad that the only reason our scientific community hasn't collapsed is because of the importation of foreign students... H1B Visas have been our secret weapon.

I may not agree with Dr. Kaku's philosophy on globalist governance, but he is correct on this point regarding the abysmal state of our education system. The truth is that the American education system has systematically been dumbing down our kids ever since the introduction of the Prussian education model.. read John Taylor Gatto's books and you will see why and how that happened.

We now have colleges teaching remedial classes for heavens sake! You shouldn't even BE in college if you need remedial education!

We now have high schools that do not teach geometric proofs... or logic... and now we have "educators" who believe that higher mathematics is useless for most people.

What is going on in most government schools is criminal. The environment is completely and utterly toxic - especially in the inner cities. The education process is choked by unions with precious monetary resources going towards administration costs and very little of it actually being spent on the tools for children to use for learning. Art and Science, Ethics, Civics, and History have been erased from the school day and have been replaced with Social Twaddle like Diversity Training, Group Think and Globalist nonsense. English? Forget teaching children how to properly write, read or speak.. which is why these kids need remedial training once they hit college. It's an absolute shame, and a true disgrace to this nation.

It really does seem that our only hope is in free thinking homeschooled children who are not told by the state what to read and what to think and who are not dumbed down by a Progressive agenda.

Until we make some REAL education reforms, which apparently won't come about thanks to education unions and government standards, we will have to rely on H1B Visa students to do the necessary scientific research in our universities.

But hey, at least American kids can work cash registers that tell them how much change to give back to the customers.... that is if they can find such a job... and if not, they can always work for the government.


Anonymous said...

Actually it's about money. American students want to be paid more for their time than H1-B visa holders do, because said holders come from places where a few years' work on minimal wages can be parleyed into a healthy retirement back home. I know plenty of highly educated Americans who are quite capable of doing the required work (the US has the best colleges in the world; that's why people from all over the world attend college here)...but they just cannot support a family on $12 per hour and, being smart and resourceful, engage in a line of work that pays better. If fairness is not a criterion, H1-B visas solve our imaginary "worker deficit" very nicely.

Anonymous said...

The vast majority of H-1B workers are hired into the IT field. The National Center for Education Statistics tells us that US citizen and permanent resident graduates in Computer Science and related disciplines conferred in 2008 and 2009 totals are:

Doctorate Degrees: 974
Doctorate Degree-Research Scholarship: 423
Master’s Degrees: 19,387
Bachelor’s Degrees: 73,795
Associate’s Degrees: 57,910
Total 2008 and 2009: 152,489

The 2010 Foreign Labor Certification Annual Report published by the U.S. Dept. of Labor tells us that in these very same fields, there were 23,016 permanent labor certifications.

So let’s take 152,489 and add the 23,016 and we get 175,505. This is the LABOR SUPPLY.

Now, let’s take a look at what the Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us about the employment growth in these fields from 2009 to 2010, i.e., the LABOR DEMAND. They tell us that in aggregate, the U.S. has LOST 52,230 jobs in these fields from 2009 to 2010.

And I guarantee you that if you did the research yourself, you would find this same situation in MOST STEM fields that are reported on.

Moreover, the latest Government Accountability Office report on the H-1B visa discusses at some length the fact that the vast majority of H-1B workers are hired into entry level positions. In fact, most are at Level I, officially defined by the Dept. of Labor as those who have a “basic understanding of duties and perform routine tasks requiring limited judgment.” This belies the industry lobbyists’ claims that H-1Bs are hired because they are experts that can’t be found among the U.S. workforce.

Source Data:
National Science Foundation WebCASPAR (Educational Statistics)

U.S. Department of Labor
Foreign Labor Certification Annual Report

Bureau of Employment Statistic: Office of Employment Statistics

U.S. Government Accountability Office – “Reforms Are Needed to Minimize the Risks and Costs of Current Program”, Jan 14, 2011