Globalization: Jobs are moving away from the US
Globalization is currently a threat for the U.S. workers. According to a report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in the U.S. reached 7.9 percent in October of 2012.
As corporations seek out the cheapest labor, an increasing number of jobs are moving away from the U.S.; jobs are moving from developed to developing countries. The governments of these developing countries are devoted to educate a competitive workforce for the future, and these countries, such as China, India, Taiwan, and Korea, have succeeded remarkably in the last two decades.
The U.S. government can stop the trend of outsourcing jobs overseas by making these changes: reform K-12 education in math and science to train the next generation of workers to have lifelong marketable skills, make higher education more affordable, and provide better training to unemployed workers.
The reform needs to start in grades K-12 to train the next generation of workers, particularly in the math and science fields, because they are essential for critical thinking, which leads to innovative ideas.
According to a report from the United States Institute of Education Sciences “2009 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) for 15-year- old”, the U.S. is ranked 31st in math, and 23rd in science, and China (Shanghai area) took first place in both fields among the 64 countries which participated in the study. Test scores are not the only measurement of effectiveness of other countries education systems; though, these facts reflect their recent success in the global economy.
Make higher education affordable
Higher education should be more affordable for everyone. As a ratio of the average median income, one-year college tuition accounts for about 55% in the U.S. (Usher). When you add living expenses on