FROM Ben Wildavsky
Is America Falling Behind in Science, Engineering? Yesterday at the White House Summit on Community Colleges , President Obama said those two- year institutions are “the unsung heroes of America’s education system.” He said they’ll play a crucial role in a ten-year effort to regain world leadership in college completion.
Is America Falling Behind in Science, Engineering? America once led the world in science and engineering, the keys to creating the jobs that generated record-breaking prosperity. Last year just four of the top 10 companies receiving US patents were located in the US, and China graduated more English-speaking engineers than America did. With dire warnings about falling behind, Congress is being urged to fund education and research so the US can regain its competitive edge. But if other countries are catching up, is that all bad? As education and knowledge are globalized, won’t the US share in the benefits?
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.