Are there pitfalls when we let Chinese students take over US graduate schools?

A story in the Wall Street Journal talks about how more and more Chinese students are getting into US graduate schools. Application volume rose 18% last year and that is on top of over 20% increases over the last few years.

Should we be worried about this?

I guess there could be two main problems:

1) When a Chinese student is admitted to graduate school they take a spot that may have gone to a US citizen.

2) When that Chinese student finishes graduate school they go back to China and apply that knowledge so China can become an even bigger economic power.

For our universities to sit back and let this happen is a potential formula for future collapse of the entire system.

Why?

Right now the US has the best universities in the world. If you don’t believe this take a tour of any university on US soil and see how many foriegn students are there. Too many to count.

Take the same tour at any foriegn university and you will see how many US students you might fine. Very few if any.

By admitting these Chinese students our universities are transfering all the needed knowledge required so that in a decade or so the Chinese can set up their own Universities. So while the Chinese are sucking the economic life out of our middle class workers they are gunning for the more advanced workers too. Will we ever learn.

Sure we are forging good feelings about the US by bringing so many foriegn students here, but at what cost?

There are two simple things that could solve this problem and only one needs to be implemented:

1) Greatly reduce the number of Chionese students admitted to US Graduate schools. Give those seats to our own kids who will undoubtedly go on to make the US a better place to work and live.

2) When a Chinese student is awarded a graduate diploma give them automatic US citizenship so they can stay in the US and build companies, careers, and a life here.

Think about this the next time your child or someone you know is blocked from going to graduate school because a Chinese student took their place. THis paticularly stings because in one way or another all US Universities, public and private, were built usinkg a significant amout of taxpayer dollars. That’s your money. Do you want to it help build a stronger China or stronger USA?

Why do we seem to have it all? (For now)

I’ve traveled a bit over the years and visited every continent except Antarctica.

One things that I have observed is that people are about the same where ever you go. Sure they speak different languages, wear different clothes, worship different gods, and live differently… But everyone seems to want the same thing. To live their lives in peace and make a better life for their kids.

That said, the is one thing that is clear… We have it made in America.

I am in Roatan, Honduras now and even though this is a wonderful vacation spot the ride from the airport is a full tour of the income disparity that exists here. People live in rough broken-down wood shacks then we pass a huge white stone mansion that I am told belongs to the Mayor. The poor have nothing a live a daily struggle just to get enough food while other throw away enough food scraps after one meal to feed a family for a week.

That’s real income disparity.

And I can tell you that I have seem the same thing is most countries around the world.

This income disparity and lack of good jobs or new business startup opportunities is what set off the Arab spring and the maybe what set off the Occupy Wall Street movement.

How do I know this?

Because I know that if people have enough money to live at an acceptable level and provide a better life for their kids they are happy and will not take to the streets.

On a seemingly prosperous and it over populated island like Roatan what is it that keeps people frm climbing the economic ladder? Is it lack of education? Restrictive Government policies? Lack of natural resources? Or something else…

And what’s the difference between “third world” poverty/income disparity and what you might find in Some small rust-belt southern Ohio town? Or are they the same?

More to come on this subject…