Re: The Education Function

Ralph Lewis (
Sat, 05 Dec 1998 11:43:04 -0800

Well as a professor of Human Resources let me add a comment here. The high tech industry is what is called a boutique workforce. Unlike the industrial economy a relative few high skilled workers are needed. If you take the top 20% of the US workforce and import workers where special skills are needed and not available from the domestic labor pool there is no labor problem. Also remember many jobs in the high tech area are in fact fab or assembly tasks not much different than the old industrial assembly lines.

Best Ralph

At 01:50 PM 12/5/98 -0500, you wrote:
>Here's a question: If our education system is so poor, why do we have the
>highest rate of technological advancement, the largest ubiquity of technology
>among all classes, etc.. Perhaps the test needs to be examined. Considering how
>poorly most people think IQ and SAT tests are at measuring success and
>acheivement, I wonder why these same people put so much credence in a test
>nobody knows anything about, that I have never seen or taken, etc? Show me the
>Mike Lorrey
>The Baileys wrote:
>> If you live in the United States you know how inadequate the public
>> education system is. The following report illustrates how American schools
>> are incompetent in the areas of science and mathematics education:
>> The articles refers to the education functions of Sweden, the Netherlands
>> and other countries. I realize this list is frequented by individuals from
>> various foreign countries. I am interested in what your own view of your
>> country's education function is and how it is structured (primarily public
>> or private, year-round or summer vacation, class lengths, curricula content,
>> science and mathematics approach, extracurricular activities, amount of
>> field trips, etc.)
>> A well-educated populace is generally a more rational populace. So that's
>> my tie-in to the list's subject matter. :)
>> Doug Bailey

Ralph Lewis, Professor of Management and Human Resources College of Business
California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, California