America by all accounts is the most powerful and technologically advanced nation in the world. This power is due to development of weapons and technology and being at the forefront in advances in science and medicine. Many of these benefits most Americans take for advantage. How is it then, that the most powerful nation in the world has the education system of a third world country? How do we survive as the world super power?
The secret is the H-1 Visa. The H-1 Visa allows scientist from countries all over the world to work for companies in the United States. It also allows for advanced students to come to America to receive their education. Here is an alarming fact: 50% of all PHD candidates are foreign born. America has had this system of stealing scientist from across the world since World War II. The great thinkers of Europe fled to the U.S. to avoid the war and Nazi Germany. After the war America and Russia was in a race to acquire as many Nazi scientists as possible and bring them to their respected countries to work. The difference now is that these scientist are now going back to their countries.
This is a policy that has been going on for decades and masks the fallacies of an eroding education system that is failing to educate its youth and prepare them properly for a world that is becoming more and more dependent on technology. What many Americans fail to realize is that America is not built on the back of Americans but by foreign minds and foreign technology. We need more scientist, physicist, mathematicians, doctors, and engineers if we are going to compete with a rapidly developing world. A growing trend in American colleges is the rapid increase in humanities and liberal arts degrees and not enough science degrees. There are thousand of science jobs but not enough Americans qualified to fill them. Soon these jobs will be going overseas with the people capable of working them.
American universities and colleges recruit heavily in countries all over the world trying to bring the best and brightest minds here to the United States. Admission offices offer grants and tons of scholarships to these foreign students. Foreign students even receive hefty education rewards from their countries to come to the U.S. and study. These countries are investing millions and millions of dollars in their nation’s future. When are we going to do the same? When are we going to revamp our education system and spend the money here in America instead of overseas? These are the questions that we must ask ourselves.