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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.