@Nic i totally agree with you, yes there is no such visible enemy momently and again yes america wont wake up till its too late.
Id like to add few more about nations on rise and why they are lifting up?
From technological point of view China, India, and South Korea, why they are so successful in this game and why US started to stay behind. Well its simple, if someone has few $s to live and should fight for his life against all costs, of course would study, research and examine as like hell if its the only way out.
Not as like US, most of these countries people are having terrible conditions to live with, not as like US these people have only their brain and brave hearts to move along, not as like US these people have great will to get rid off in what condition they are momently, and lastly not as like US these people are the ones whose lands, power, resources were exploited, whose people despised by the great powers of the world.
What US should do, well in my view should stop looking for enemy to fight, to pass with, stop imposing what s in their view of right, should cooperate more with emerging nations, should ease immigration of educated ones and should support more and more scholarship as its dam' expensive to get one good labeled diploma in US
I think it is unfair criticism. Just because, we probably know it all, does not diminish the importance of a head of a state making a statement. I guess it should be appreciated. Good job, Mr. President.
It was funny that the success story high school that Obama cited in his SotU speech, reached its success by; 1) operating autonomously (without control of the school district, so without the Department of Education), 2) by firing tenured teachers and 3) rehiring teachers that cared to succeed. The later two actions essentially did away with the NEA. Obama's writers should have done their research better. Still, what Obama pointed out (very inadvertently) is that we need to get rid of The Department of Education - both to save Federal budget money and to improve educational outcomes.
The current 'crisis' happened because government debased the value of a mortgage by making it possible for crack heads to get them. It is absurd for Mr. Obama to be babbling about spending money while the Fed is printing it. The fed has just created over a trillion dollars in bribes (QE1) and is in the process of distributing another $600BN in rubber checks (QE2). This is causing the value of the American dollar to plummet in real worth.
The fundamental problem is that American education (and Christian religion) teaches children that somebody else's answer is more valid than their own. Unless we can dynamite that evil brainwashing once and for all, America will be reduced to using those nuclear bombs MLED is so proud of to maintain its place in the world.
Targeted economic incentives take from the successful (taxes) and give to the unsuccessful (government labs and grant-gobblers and whiners).
@Rick, sorry. Your commentary is an industry-selfish disappointment.
The right wing nutcases on this board are crazy and they know they dont have a point to talk about so they say the first thing that comes into their empty heads. Everyone who has a brain knows exactly what Obama is saying is spot-on
You hit the nail on the head. The missing factor is basically fear. That is what could push an aggressive effort past the bean counters. The frog in the boiling water (supposedly) never jumps out.
Hi, I'm a researcher from the Government, and I'm here to help you ignorant, listless, lifeless empty coconuts in the private sector.
We will define the market before we research it. We will pay the money before it is earned and we will make sure to take all the credit where credit is not really due for the real success that we had nothing to do with.
Respectfully I must disagree with you. The decline in education in this country has come as a result of two centralized phenomenon..
1. The creation of a national Department of Education by Jimmy carter about 1980.
2. The expansion of power and coalescense of government and teachers unions which favors seniority over productivity and quality and has a history of holding the taxpayer and students hostage to their demands.
A generation and a half has resulted in a more ignorant public. Educational systems are the Sacred Cow created by a corrupt relationship between leftist governments and self-serving teachers unions. The productivity is low and the cost is high.
Obama promises a big sloppy round peg which the Federal Government would deign to jam into the small square holes.