The latest results of PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) merely confirm what pundits are saying about the burgeoning global dominance of China. Is the US ready to confront this reality?
Americans have gotten away from sound fiscal habits, which among other things has led to our recession. There are four lessons we can learn from Chinese consumers, according to US News & World Report chief business correspondent Rick Newman.
Michael Bloomberg questioned critics who blamed China’s “policy” of subsidizing clean energy exports to the U.S. while restricting imports . He contended that Americans need to examine itself and more importantly, bring back the work ethic that it once had and that characterizes many first generation immigrants to turn around the current decline. The current scapegoating of China only magnifies the ignorance of a popular segment of American society.
While China and India are moving assertively towards global superpower status, the U.S., with its feckless partisan bickering, seems to be mired in political and economic stagnation. Other governments are showing a sense of urgency by investing in their respective countries’ futures.
Using China as a scapegoat for an underperforming U.S. economy has been increasing recently; such reactions are unsurprising and hold no place in an educated society.
Right now, an educated society is the only kind that can help America thrive with the world. Without this cultivated public, we lack the wisdom, the benevolence, and the moral and ethical character to build a flourishing society. Without it, we fall prey to petty partisan infighting. Without it, we tend to glorify popular culture […]