Dr. Michio Kaku America Has A Secret Weapon

Dr. Michio Kaku speaks about how America's poor educational system has created a shortage of Americans who can perform high skilled technology jobs. As a result, America's H-1B Genius visa is used to attract immigrants who are skilled enough to perform these jobs.
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+35 1. Xionbox (moderator) commented 10 years ago

To the second speaker: if some people pass in the "bootcamp science classes", and these people happen to be foreign-born, maybe should we accept the issue is not only the educational system, but also American up-bringing and lack of interest towards science.

After all, a lot of kids are taught dinosaurs and humans lived together 6k years ago: no wonder they don't understand rocket science, you need to be rational.
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+22 2. Malakyte commented 10 years ago

It seems that the second speaker had some difficulties to bounce after such a clear statement from Dr. Michio Kaku.
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+8 3. cameramaster commented 10 years ago

The same situation exists in the UK....the vast majority of Science students who get degrees ( I'm talking about REAL degrees) are either studying in the UK...or are born to immigrant families. The welfare state we have ENCOURAGES people to sit at home on their collective arse and do NOTHING...except to breed more of the same. At one time the UK led the world in so many areas... you want to end up like us? Just carry on as your doing ....it won't take you long to "catch up".
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+2 4. LightAng3l commented 10 years ago

This happens almost everywhere... except communist countries. Don't believe me? look it up. Though I rather have a poor education system than a communist government.
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-1 5. Ravez commented 10 years ago

Does anyone know what this excerpt is from? I'm intruiged by listening to it, and I would like to hear the whole take.
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+7 6. Sizzlik (admin) commented 10 years ago

#5 errm..did you read the description? There is a link you just need to click to see the full talk. (Named "Full Video" if you still cant find it)
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+1 7. badasspuppy commented 10 years ago

I think this just comes to finding the exceptional people. They aren't just educated to be exceptional, they have natural talent. That talent has to be achnowledged and cultivated. And where do you find exceptional people? Not in America where kids are spoiled and lazy, but in countries where you can't afford that luxury and kids really grab their passions and explore them without being distracted by the kind of life you live in the US.
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+9 8. archis commented 10 years ago

The irony is that the science and technology are made to make people more dumb and more lazy :D Because of that, dont be suprised western world, you dont have to walk to school many miles or remeber friends phone number or count in the head how much will it cost when you buy something.
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-1 9. ughlah commented 10 years ago

I must disagree with both of them.

America is still the land where 99% of all A-journals are publicized. It isn't that important any more whether a phd in sweden, uzbekistan or the US has a brilliant finding and writes a paper about it. The knowledge becomes common and all over the world new industries emerge.


The problem of the US is not invention, it's going from the invention to the product. For that you need highly qualified personnel. But what you do not need for that is legions of phd's. You need people who get through college. And those numbers don't look that bad in the US.

Times change. In the 1920's over half of all papers were written in german. Then for a while it looked like the majority of innovation came from the US and we have to prepare for a time were an invention come from anywhere in the world. That might be a bit hard for the "why is america the best country in the world" faction, but it is what a globalized world is heading to.
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+1 10. LaoMa commented 10 years ago

#4: Hasn't happened in the Nordics and we're definitely not communists here. Then again, we're not capitalists either.

By the way, I've read a number of theses from MIT during my student years, and they're generally really horrible compared to theses written by European students. We would fail even exercises with those papers, yet some people have got their university degree with them. Sure, the American MSc only compares to European BSc in knowledge, but regardless the US clearly has quite a lot of catching up to do when it comes to education. If nothing changes, the day will come when all the brain work is done somewhere else and Americans will be just providing the assembly lines...
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+2 11. snotraddict commented 10 years ago

Our (USA public) schools are an adult jobs program, it's not about the students. Millions/billions $$ into the system with substandard results and not a wit care to change it. Lot's of talk, but no action because there's no desire to change it as long as the tax money keeps coming in and keeps them employed.