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      America as a Service Economy is pretty much dead in the water, globally speaking. Children are the reflection of their parents! Their parents comprise the country's labor force and politicians. STEM is the future of the world.


      Americans without education (appropriate education) stand as any other humans lacking education. The best education, by and large, augurs for the best standard of living. It's not an anomaly that America's richest tend to buy seats for their children in the best educational institutions. Throughout history, the wealthy have always afforded their children the best education money could buy, even if it meant buying the school and the teachers. That this common practice comes under fire in America nowadays is itself the anomaly. And it begs taking a critical look at America's educational standing among the nations of the World as we know it. Numbers almost never lie; and they can highlight lies told our populace about America's future potential, i.e., America's geo-economic and geopolitical potentials and future.


      America's current 19-year-olds, even and especially including the white 19-year-olds, are entering, or in, their first year of college or university, hopefully. BTW, here's a sobering factoid: Today's Bachelor's degree is yesterday's high school diploma. Translation: Bachelor's degree is the entry vehicle into the business world of today; a world no longer strictly controlled by Washington and London. Despite the tendency of Western leaders to pass their positions/ status/ power to their children, if those children are ill-prepared for competition from areas they cannot intimidate, what must become of them, and the country they've inherited? Another factoid: Inheritance is not the same as Earning!


      MakingAmericaGreatAgain suggests a process requiring adroit planning, and a ton of concerted effort sustained over a period of several -- maybe 20 -- years. STEM is the future. Fat, lazy, supposedly entitled Americans need a complete mental makeover. Keeping American minorities and dark immigrants "down" is one thing, a thing that won't translate into world dominance. The energy wasted on keeping White Racism and White Nationalism alive dooms America to 3rd World status.


      So! How does the current 19-year-old American compare to the 19-year-old non-American? The 2015 World chart for education among 15-year-olds will not give you comfort! Educationally, everything depends on the ability to read, and to read with comprehension, and to read increasingly sophisticated information with full comprehension. In 2015, the 15-year-old children from the countries surveyed performed as follows; speculation, blame and finger-pointing are allowed, but in the end will prove useless wastes of time:

      What the chart does not show is the size of the student population from each country. That's significant! Though Taiwan places near the top in science and math, Taiwan's total population is approximately 23 million, of which approximately 3 million comprise the student base (ages of 15-24), and approximately 12 million constitute the labor force, the next age grouping. Taiwan's median age is 41.3 years, and climbing. And with that climbing, there is an unavoidable reduction of output/productivity.

      So! Students (age 15-24). Labor Force. And Median age (which would include mortality rate and birth rate). Food for thought: Students aged 15-24, China has 170 million, while America has 43 million. Another useful statistic: People below the poverty line, China has now 39 million as compared to America's 45 million. America's student-aged population is approximately equal to the number of Americans living under the poverty line. Chinese people living in poverty number about 23% of the number of student-aged Chinese. Of the three countries Taiwan has the highest median age and China has the lowest at 37.7 years. The crucial metric is this: China's number of school-aged children exceeds the size of America's entire labor force, while China's active labor force is more than triple that of America, Taiwan, South Korea. The reader should let that sink in. Here it is from CIA World Fact book:

      Another stick in the US's eye: Those ghost cities that had garnered so much negative Western press are filling up, according to the Chinese plan, as China moves population to the areas where they are most needed, and where they will best thrive.

      The US is busy bombing and destroying and killing people. China is very busy building cities, roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, power plants etc.


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          MirrorNeuron
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          China exudes a stark reminder that there are just two classes of folks there, the laborer ( white and blue )and the elite.

          It's got what American Rethuglicans yearn for, division of the money unequally distributed, most goes to the elite and just basic piles of cash for basic survival to the laborer.

          Also common btw both America and China is the profound proclivity to LIE to the people about the society they live in. The Chinese have always been nomads. Who is telling them not to be that, not to like it, to ditch the rural life for free urban slave worker life ? For America it was the American Dream, the white picket fence, home mortgage, two kids and a garage to park the car in. That idea was SOLD to Americans for the elitist's benefit.

          A general strike would crush the life out of Donald tRump.

          It would bring his bragging to an immediate halt, it should happen, but it won't because Americans are too brainwashed to think ahead, independently and for their own good.


          I'll agree with you on that front, we are too stupid.


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              kimtek
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              (A 7-10 minute read that took me 4 hours to produce.)

              After my divorce some 8 years ago, following a suggestion from my friends at Harvard, I returned to school at U of Hawaii (last went there 1990-1994). UH is an interesting school, mostly owing to its predominantly Asian staff and school body. I first took a couple of political science courses, a course in communications, and an additional Business Law course (this time focusing on contracts instead of torts). Then entry into the Computer Science dept. for computer security, and the language dept to study Mandarin Chinese (including Business Chinese). I'd already been in a Chinese Martial Arts club for some 20 years, but hanging with "street Chinese" was nothing like hanging with university Chinese, Koreans and Japanese. The difference is notable.


              My Mandarin language skills are a school product, since the Chinese martial arts crowd by and large speaks Cantonese. My master, who spoke both languages, had told me to ignore Cantonese and study Mandarin, so I did that (not without some pushback from my Japanese wife.). Mandarin in school didn't exactly sit well with me, I felt it was just "tourist Mandarin." A series of discussions and disappointments led me to drop out of the classes, after 2 years.


              School Chinese in the US is not the same as Chinese in China, far from it. Talking to a great many Chinese people convinced me of the folly of learning Mandarin from primarily English speakers, or Chinese whose first language was Cantonese or Hakka, et al. Talking with those people also taught me a lot about the real China, and led me to language exchange, first with a few students at Chinese universities, a few business and professional (tech) people, a patent attorney, an investment counselor (a dissident whose hobby is western literature and poetry), a translator, a student studying translation, finally to WeChat where I actually formed a study group devoted to pronunciation. Chinese learning English struggle with pronunciation; English speakers learning Mandarin struggle with pronunciation. Each language has many sounds not common to the other language, producing those sounds is hard! The WeChat group, composed of Chinese who speak "passable English" and me, a native speaker of English who speaks "passable Mandarin" is a win-win situation. During a 1-hour session it's common, and tiring, to work on as many as 10 words in both languages! The sessions are recorded to audio.

              For English speakers, Mandarin difficulty stems not only from structural differences (0f which there are many) but also from the diversity of Mandarin, i.e., there's not "just one Mandarin."


              Mandarin is regional, there are Mandarin speakers who literally can't understand each other. And there is a Standard Mandarin, pushed by the government -- actually only about 3/4 of native Chinese speak Mandarin; there are hundreds of dialects spoken in China. The money spectrum (Westerners would call it by some such acronym as QOL, Quality of Life) in China parallels the language spectrum in China.


              Westerners attempting to characterize China simplistically get China wrong every time. Where the notion of Chinese as nomads originated is anybody's guess -- Chinese (even the Grassland Chinese in the north) are territorial! Only in the desert regions, such as Taklamakan, would Chinese live a semi-nomadic life. Where there is green, and water, Chinese put down roots and work hard to maintain them. There are small cities in China that are, literally, a thousand years old. There are villages that are even older. There are 56 minority populations in China, speaking hundreds of dialects -- China doesn't believe in forcing them to join the Space Age. If any of them get a glimpse of the outside world and want to participate, China makes it possible for them to do so, to go to college without a lot of stress on their villages (i.e., almost free tuition, and certain preferences). Moving them en masse into "our world" would be as impossible as it would be cruel.


              The money divide? You should know how many Chinese female millionaires began life on a farm, went to the city as 15-year-olds to work in factories, caught a couple of breaks and went on to become wealthy (and do not think about retiring) -- nobody on Earth works harder than Chinese. What works in China, for Chinese, however, can't work in America simply because America has an every man for himself (and maybe his family) attitude. The last time Americans worked together was under JFK, who so upset the system that "they" killed him. Chinese have a profound understanding of "the common good," America has none at all. What America has is a Clash of Rights, the inevitable havoc maintained by Caucasian legalistic chicanery. In China, the Han are on top by virtue of history and numbers, but China is a Socialist country based on Confucianism, meaning everybody who identifies as Chinese is part of the Chinese family, and gets a seat at the dinner table. America, by contrast, has the whites on top, since circa 1492, by virtue of history and violence, and a concerted will to deny access to the fullness of life to any other racial group. (Europeans ran away from Europe in search of better lives. Unfortunately they took their European mindsets with them, and found, in the end, they couldn't run away from themselves. White America is little more than an extension of white Europe, a Europe that somehow never could really get itself together as one country. Whites hating on each other, mainly since Christianity failed them.)


              A non-white in America claiming to be American is looked down upon, generally and professionally, by the white group. Factoid: America's educational system is severely biased in favor of white people, it has never been otherwise. Unfortunately, mysteriously, the quality of American education has been in decline for decades, making for an educational gap that mirrors the pay gap, the gender gap and the other gaps that characterize America. Poor White leadership has led to a situation that's put white interests in serious jeopardy, leading to the inevitable pressures/punishments exerted by whites on non-whites, be they native born "minorities," or dark immigrants, because White People have never been able to take full responsibility for their own bullsh1t -- it's always somebody else's fault.


              Lastly, in America there is no such concept as "the common good," while in China "the common good" dictates reality. In China, the vast majority of 1.4 billion people are fairly content with the side their bread is buttered on, they really don't give a sh1t if Americans understand that or not! Before America, China was! After America, China will be! Numbers don't lie. China is 5000 years old and counting! Getting it right now that the Western foot is off the Chinese neck!

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                      I hope all can pardon me for not including information about the correlation between CRIME and flawed education. America's educational laxity actually contributes significantly to the CRIME in this country. Prisons are filled to the brim with men who don't read well, who have little or no education in the moral field, and so on. Yes, there are brilliant males imprisoned in this country; their failing has other bases. The majority of imprisoned males in America have flawed educations or minimum educations, like nothing really capable of helping them be productive citizens. And a further note about the prisons: They function more as graduate school for criminals than as rehabilitation facilities. Japan gets that right; America fails miserably.

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                          MirrorNeuron
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                          The US Politicians are too busy stopping people from getting educated. China you say? they offer free education you say? in the US that is considered communist, lazy no good for nothings instead of getting ahead, moving ahead the US would rather complain instead of shine in America because everyone is getting a free education and want college free too. Can't have that free stuff, nope, might find a cure, or fix the transportation problems or even clean the air of pollution. We can have all the poor uneducated we want and then some, but no getting ahead. Only in America does the Government treat the people like shit and get away with it. and no one on this planet gives a damn. /s


                          Real freedom today can only be had outside of the US. /hint

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                              MirrorNeuron
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                              Another of the very important things to do for the People - Free education from Kindergarten to a Career, instead of just through High School.

                              We CAN afford it. Each dollar invested in public education returns at the very least, eight dollars to that society.

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