Thursday, January 24, 2008
Professor Daniel Goroff explains why you need a technical background to compete with China and India. I think another means of attracting the best minds would be laws granting expedited citizenship to Indians or Chinese MBA and PhD candidates studying in the U.S.
In any event, here is the quotation:
“All the things we are talking about, security, energy independence, health care, if you want to know how to solve these things you’ve got to go to who have some of the technical expertise,” said Daniel Goroff, professor of mathematics and economics at Harvey Mudd College.
Goroff emphasized the need for science and technology education to “keep up” with China and India. He said the government needs to make science and technology careers “attractive to Americans so that we’re not just pushing [students] through calculus, but making sure those careers work well.”
As The Student Life mentions in October of 2007, Pomona College changed its policy to appease the recording industry and to stop it from going after students who illegally download music in violation of copyright. The article cites a number of troubling statistics that justify the draconian smackdown that the recording industry uses to go after students.
According to reason's Hit & Run blog, the MPAA, like the recording industry, has used several studies -- one study says that the 44 percent of the MPAA's domestic losses come from illegal downloads -- to justify pressuring colleges to take tougher measures to prevent illegal fire-sharing.
The only problem is that they are bunk. Here's the money graf:
Oops. Will Pomona examine those studies before they are intimidated by a special interest group? We all know how well they stand up against free trade...
The MPAA has used the study to pressure colleges to take tougher steps to prevent illegal file-sharing and to back legislation currently before the House of Representatives that would force them to do so.But now the MPAA, which represents the U.S. motion picture industry, has told education groups a "human error" in that survey caused it to get the number wrong. It now blames college students for about 15 percent of revenue loss.
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