Despite having a recession in our midst, there are a whopping 600,000 manufacturing jobs in America that are going unfilled. Jobs Go Unfilled Because Workers Lack Skills . This 600,000 doesn’t include the number of individuals who aren’t taking trucker or other blue collar jobs anymore. Instead of getting useful training, many Americans are wasting their time and money on useless 4 year degrees in…I don’t know…being a liberal?
67% of Manufacturing companies in the United States report difficulties with finding qualified workers. Meanwhile, in countries like India and China – the rates of graduating engineers is more explosive than a Colorado forest fire on the fourth of July (Okay, bad joke). When I worked at an Indian Restaurant, 9 out of 10 of my co-workers were getting some type of degree in Software Engineering.
So why is this happening? Why are other countries around the world (specifically the Asian Countries) rapidly outpacing the United States in STEM skills? It’s not because the U.S. doesn’t spend enough on education. In fact, educational spending right now is at an all time high. Educational Spending At Historic Levels According to Heritage Institute . As a percentage of GNP, the U.S. spends more on education than most modern states. But gets less in return.
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So why is the United States, the world’s great economic super power, falling behind in brain power? Is it because we don’t have good curries or wantons? The answer is simple. Success is a product of value and culture – not money alone. You must have a fertile garden to grow flowers – throwing coins into the ground won’t work.
How Can We Raise Engineers When We Are Now Struggling To Raise Human Beings?
Family is the most fundamental unit of society – and when this falls apart, everything falls apart. Expecting society to remain in tact without stable families is like expecting an atom to stabilize without electrons. I’m not saying that everyone has to live a Nuclear Leave it To Beaver Life (haha…see what I did there?) – but I do have enough sense to acknowledge that it takes a village to raise a child.
The modern day Motley Crue…err I mean family…doesn’t instill discipline in the children. Mainly because the father is not around anymore to do this task. Oh but the single mothers are soooo BRAVE! Saying a Single Mother is brave is like sawing your own arm off, but then getting praise for being the best one armed juggler. You may get a lot done for being a single mother, but you are much, much less likely to achieve the same results as you would’ve in a full and functional family. Rates of incarceration, depression and suicide are much higher among men from single mother households.
How Can We Raise Engineers in a Feminized School System?
One of the major culprits in this fiasco is the Feminization of the school system that took place in the 1990’s. Back in the 90’s, girls were not performing as well as boys. The school system did a drastic overhaul to make education more girl friendly (i.e. less competitive). This overhaul placed greater emphasis on soft skills that were beneficial to girls – such as the liberal arts. The hard, direct discipline needed to instruct boys was phased out because this also wasn’t girl friendly. The result? A school system where boys are increasingly lagging behind, graduating at lower rates – and a school system that produces more soft skills (liberal arts, language studies) than the hard skills of engineering and science.
Maybe Boys are Just Better at Math and Science
Gasp! I said it! Call the Feminazi Gestapo and throw me in the brig! There are many skills that we can openly say that girls are naturally better at: language skills, expressing emotions, nurturing etc. Yet if we openly talk about what boys are good at – this is a huge no no. Despite 50 years of Feminism, a majority of (STEM) graduates are overwhelmingly male. Even with all the scholarships and increased attention thrown at girls – they still cannot match boys in STEM skills. Women have successfully risen to the challenge in many other fields (business, legal, medical etc.) Yet if it takes this much work to get women involved in Math and Science, perhaps we’re wasting time that we should’ve been spending on the boys.
Now I’m not saying that women shouldn’t do STEM. That is not at all the point of this blog. The point of this blog is that those who can work hard toward a goal should be successful. If a woman is passionate about math and science, I would like to see her succeed. But what this blog is against is entitlement feminism and policies that are detrimental to men. We shouldn’t create a soft education system wrapped around the idea of building up women – when it ends up being detrimental to the men who could be our future engineers. We shouldn’t throw tons of funding at women while ignoring potential men.
We should try to create an education system that is good for men and women. That helps people reach their full potential. With the declining graduation rates of males in the schooling system it is clear that our society is not doing everything it can to help men reach this potential.
Is this an explanation for China and India’s Engineering Successes?
India and China have much larger male populations than the United States does. Yes, I know this is through female infanticide, which is a horrible evil to be sure. But the results of this allow one to study the results of a mostly male population. Which is – a greater production of engineering, mathematical, technological and scientific output.
Of course these guys will have to pay the price of their actions when they can’t even find a date.
What is my point in all this. Am I advocating infanticide….hell to the no! But what I’m saying is that when you build up a man to his full potential – he can accomplish great things. In the post war 1950’s, we produced a large number of engineers. We landed on the moon in the 60’s. We brought the world computers and the internet in the 20th century.
Yet now in the 21st century we struggle to find our own assholes while iphones are built on Chinese shores.
Can we really expect a great output in engineering and science when we foster a school system that breaks men down, so as to not threaten women? The answer to that is no.