Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Age of Education

We've finally reached it.

Asia is on top of the world, Europe and US are slowly but surely sinking to the bottom of the ocean.

And that's because we lost our last advantage, education.

Our educational system has not only failed to improve over the last thirty years, it has managed to worsen.

We can either focus on education right now, or face the middle ages that are coming, with the western world as a mix of second and third world countries.

In the Western Corner

The US, which had a very bad level to start with and instead of producing smart people relied on imports to fill the ranks, has gotten even worse and seems to have become unable to import talents as other countries are now giving their own incentives to keep the brains from being drained - and it works.

Europe, which never had the brain drain to start with, but used to be one of the best "smart people factory", is slowly but surely losing in quality.

On the other side...

Japan is as good as ever, producing many of the world's top minds (many US nobels are clearly made in japan).

Korea (the good one) is at the top of the world, home to the world's best consumer electronics brand, as well as producing a lot of very talented, hard-working people, Jaedong and the others.

China, which still lacked brains a few dozen years ago, has solved its problem, is now importing knowledge and producing its own smart people.

The Future

I predict that modern companies such as google will increasingly focus on staff improvement and ultimately on the full scope of education in order to create a local and global advantage for them, and through that, for their country.

There will be however a bunch of businesses that will simply move to the now-rich part of the world and leave you to rot.

In my humble opinion, spending less than 30% of our total money on education is a very stupid decision.
And we never did spend that much in all of history.
Time to wake up ?

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