When will I use this in the real world?
When you’re out looking for a job, according to a report from the American Electronics Association. According to the report, the primary reason that companies are increasingly moving tech jobs off-shore is not cheap labor (although that’s obviously an incentive) – it’s that American schools in general aren’t teaching advanced math and science well enough. And the teachers are citing that students don’t see the need for learning it.
Ri-i-i-i-ight… according to the AeA’s senior research manager, “…AeA members are all business owners, not employees…” Businessmen, after all, would like to downplay the role that cheap labor has in the global economy. But it’s there. And it’s costing quite a bit of job security.
Not that I’m for “protectionist legislation,” which would aim to stop outsourcing, though; I’m not so sure, however, that teachers (or most students) are to blame. There is, after all, a reason I keep ending up talking with support technicians in noisy Indian call centers.