Hillary Tech: US STEM Students Don’t Matter

In her technology agenda (which you can read on her own web site) Hillary Clinton gives the nation’s technology moguls, hedge funds, and teacher’s unions everything they could want: billions of dollars for technology research, internet expansion, and computer science education.  Then she gives US graduate students in STEM subjects a big slap in the face.  She wants to give green cards to foreign STEM graduate students along with their diplomas.  That’s right, green cards!  These aren’t the non-immigrant H1B work visas that allow a foreign worker to work for one company; these cards grant permanent resident status with a path to citizenship.

So, how does this hurt US graduate students?  A permanent resident can apply for any job with any company, anywhere, any time.  That puts foreign graduates in direct competition for the best jobs with US graduates, and once in the job line they’ll probably get favorable treatment.  This competition is globalism at it’s worst.  It’s inherently unfair, one reason being that there’s no reciprocity with other countries.  A US student couldn’t get an MS in Computer Science in Canada, for example, and expect to be granted automatic residency.  The result will be that US students, already burdened with the heaviest debt, will be relegated to the lower paying, less challenging jobs.

How can anyone who wants to be president of the US suggest establishing a completely open global job market in the US?  Globalists like Soros must be cheering.  Hillary shouldn’t be elected, and if you’re a STEM student or have students in college you now have a good reason to not vote for her.  She’s working for Wall Street, not for you, regardless of what her signs say.

There is an alternative: the H1B visa program.  While I’m opposed to employers using the H1B visa system to replace experienced US professionals I recognize that this program has a legitimate purpose in allowing employers to fill necessary jobs that are unfilled by US citizens.  If the H1B visa regulations were strengthened to protect US citizens as I suggested in “Does STEM Matter Any More” we could balance the needs of technology employers with the right of US STEM graduates to be at the front of the employment lines.

 

A vote for Hillary is a vote against US students.

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Oh No, I’m Marginalized!

What happened to the days when people went to college to acquire an education and hopefully prepare for a good job?  Now we have campus clowns who are complaining about being “marginalized”.  They want safe spaces, segregated seating, faculty changes, and even free money.  They want buildings renamed and statues torn down to erase all traces of history that “offends” them.  Isn’t ISIS doing that too?

These crybabies don’t get it.  The fact that they’re in college at all means they’re privileged, not marginalized.  There are plenty of capable young people in this country who would love to be in their seats, and would probably take advantage of the opportunity instead of disrupting the campus.

So, crybabies, let’s look at who’s really marginalized.

The thousands of veterans who died waiting for medical care from the dysfunctional VA certainly were marginalized.  So are the thousands of homeless veterans and those still waiting to see a doctor.  Every day 22 heroes who served their nation honorably commit suicide because our government has marginalized them.

Things get worse outside our borders.  Around the world millions of people suffer from oppression, starvation, and illness.  Are they marginalized?

Slavery is still practiced in some parts of the world.  Would you call people in chains marginalized?

Around the world millions of young girls are denied even a basic education and future opportunities because of their gender.  Would you call these girls marginalized?

In India remnants of the caste system still isolate people and sometimes lead to violence.  Are the lower castes marginalized?

No kiddies, you’re not marginalized; you’re spoiled brats; pawns of a president who has divided the nation; and products of a public school system that creates an illusion that the world is “fair” by awarding everyone for showing up, so here’s a reality check:

No one “owes” you anything.  You already have more opportunity than most of your peers.  If you don’t take advantage of it you have no one to blame but yourselves.

You may “owe” if your actions incur costs to the school or it’s students.  If you really believe in your agenda, take responsibility for it’s consequences.

Your right to whine doesn’t suspend the right of serious students to get the education they’re paying for.

If people ignore you it’s because you’re experiencing equality.  As I said in a previous article, the US will have achieved equality when no one talks about it any more.  Special treatment isn’t equality.

College isn’t a prison and no one is forcing you to be there.  If you hate it that much you’re free to leave.  Maybe you should.

Micro-aggression: The Latest Tactic Against Free Speech

Just when you thought political correctness couldn’t get any worse, it has.  Young liberals have coined the term “micro-aggression” to refer to anything that they might find “offensive” or contrary to their hardened socialist beliefs. There’s an underlying evil to this apparent stupidity. By incorporating the word “aggression” they’re implying that any challenge to their beliefs constitutes a real threat.  Once a challenge becomes a threat legal action is possible: action to restrict free speech.  If someone says they’ll “punch you out” it’s a threat and you can report it to the police but if someone disagrees with your opinion it’s not. Let’s look at three examples of how they want to change that.

  1. Students at numerous colleges have sought to block screening of the movie “American Sniper” because it might offend Muslims, pacifists, and those who hate the troops who defend their right to say dumb things.   If students were forced to attend they might have a gripe, but they’re not. The rational action is simple: if you don’t want to see the movie, don’t go. That’s not enough for these tyrants who demand the tolerance they’re unwilling to give . Their view is that if they don’t like it no one should see it, so it’s basically 21st century book burning. What about students who respect our military or who just like good action movies? Curiously enough these same students won’t unite to protest the brutal Islamic State that has murdered and enslaved thousands and destroyed the cultural heritage of a nation.
  2. Students at one college rallied to block Chick-Fil-A from campus on the grounds that it’s micro-aggression against the LGBT community. Again, if you don’t want to eat there, don’t, but respect the rights of many who think that’s the best fast food chicken around. “Choice” isn’t just for abortion, kiddies.
  3. Now for the worst case. Students at a college said they “didn’t feel safe” because a conservative speaker had been invited to talk. This brings the word “aggression” into sharp focus. They’re equating a speaker to a shooter. College is supposed to be an opportunity for exposure to different ideas but these students reject that concept.   Obviously the liberal public school system has provided plenty of indoctrination to turn them into wimps.

There’s a joke that says anything liberals like should be free and anything they don’t like should be banned. To some it’s not a joke.

UPDATE: Our progressive administration has jumped on this bandwagon.  The National Science Foundation (NSF) is spending over a half million tax dollars to film engineering students in college labs to determine if male students are causing “micro-aggressions” to female students.  I guess “shrimp on a treadmill” wasn’t enough.

Responsibility and Authority Disconnected

Fifty years ago colleges didn’t need remedial math and English courses; today they do.

Remedial courses cost students time and money, things they can’t afford in today’s high cost higher education world.  One state lawmaker has proposed an innovative way to relieve students of this cost.  The plan would charge local school districts the tuition for remedial courses required by their former students on the grounds that the local school didn’t adequately prepare the students for college.  To families of students and people fed up with poor public school performance this sounds great.  To property owners who would see their taxes go up this sounds like a bad idea.  It’s actually a disconnected idea.  The disconnect with holding local school districts responsible for college remediation is that local education is no longer under local control; it’s dictated by the Federal government through Common Core, NCLB, required testing programs, and numerous unfunded mandates.  The concept of being responsible for something implies that you have the authority to control that for which you’re responsible.  When your actions are dictated by an external authority your sole responsibility is to follow orders.  The outcome is presumably assured by the authority figure issuing those orders.  In the case of public education the Federal government doesn’t “know” the outcome, it’s just trying yet another approach in an ongoing series of costly experiments to “improve” public education.

The Federal takeover of public schools is also another progressive attack on the family as the basic unit of society. When control is local parents have far more influence over the schools than when control rests with the Department of Education and it’s head who thinks that all children should be raised by the state.  Even the former Soviet Union didn’t go that far.

If you want to hold local school districts responsible for student outcomes abolish the Department of Education (which has no Constitutional basis for existence) and return control of education to the states (where the 10th Amendment says it should be).  If you’re happy with Federal control of your schools ask the Department of Education to pay for remedial college courses and see how fast that department points the finger back at the local school districts.

Authority must always be commensurate with responsibility.