Is the Need for Common Core STEM Education Based on Lies?
What is inSPIRE STEM USA? It’s an organization supported by Chambers of Commerce, special interests and companies pushing for immigrants to take American STEM jobs because we have been told we don’t have enough Americans who can competently perform the jobs:
It’s a coordinated effort from the Chambers of Commerce and businesses to tout the reason we need Common Core NOW. While our students become trained in the “critical thinking skills” students weren’t getting from their teachers who apparently couldn’t figure out how to teach without CCSS scripts, we will now outsource and ask immigrants to provide the STEM human capital for those businesses until Americans can develop the “high skills” needed for these jobs. If you read Minnich’s statement above, you would think CCSSO will be a valuable partner in solving the STEM problem we’ve been told is plaguing businesses. However, the problem that may be plaguing business is not a shortage of workers, it may be that businesses are able to find overseas workers who will work cheaper for the same work. Read this from This IT worker had to train an H-1B replacement:
At A.B.’s company, about 220 IT jobs have been lost to offshore outsourcing over the last year. A.B. is telling the story because, initially, there was little knowledge among fellow employees about H-1B visa holders and how they are used. They didn’t know that offshore outsourcing firms are the largest users of H-1B visas, or exactly how this visa facilitates IT job losses in the U.S.
“I think once we learned about it, we became angrier toward the U.S. government than we were with the people that were over here from India,” A.B. said, “because the government is allowing this.”
The IT workers at this firm first learned of the offshore outsourcing threat through rumors. Later, the IT staff was called into an auditorium and heard directly from the CIO about the plan to replace them. It would take months for the transition to be completed, in part because of some new system installations.
This isn’t a story about Americans not knowing how to do their jobs or not possessing the skills the company needed. So why are these American workers being displaced via the use of H-1B visas which the CCSSO maintains are necessary? This is an anecdotal story but do the facts tell another story? Is it possible that there is no shortage of STEM ready American applicants for jobs?
From The Atlantic and The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage:
A compelling body of research is now available, from many leading academic researchers and from respected research organizations such as the National Bureau of Economic Research, the RAND Corporation, and the Urban Institute. No one has been able to find any evidence indicating current widespread labor market shortages or hiring difficulties in science and engineering occupations that require bachelors degrees or higher, although some are forecasting high growth in occupations that require post-high school training but not a bachelors degree. All have concluded that U.S. higher education produces far more science and engineering graduates annually than there are S&E job openings—the only disagreement is whether it is 100 percent or 200 percent more. Were there to be a genuine shortage at present, there would be evidence of employers raising wage offers to attract the scientists and engineers they want. But the evidence points in the other direction: Most studies report that real wages in many—but not all—science and engineering occupations have been flat or slow-growing, and unemployment as high or higher than in many comparably-skilled occupations.
Why would companies sign on to such movements like inSPIRE STEM USA and displace American workers? Business Insiders in Americans Won’t Like Hearing The Real Reason That Silicon Valley Is Pushing So Hard For Immigration Reform gives us some brutal truth:
The Common Core push for STEM readiness for American students is a disguise for the businesses and chambers who support it as the avenue to outsource and keep wages low. The fact that Common Core STEM courses will only prepare students for 2 year community college should tell you much of what you need to know about this push will really is: it’s not to provide an excellent education, it’s to provide an education for rudimentary jobs. If the majority of American students cannot provide the “higher skills” needed for American companies, the need to outsource and provide more visas will continue.
“Is the selling of Common Core and STEM readiness predicated on lies? Ask the displaced workers in AB’s company what they think about the alleged STEM shortage. Ask them why they think these visas are being offered to non-Americans to do the same work they have been doing. Ask yourself why if inSPIRE STEM USA really wants to inspire STEM jobs for American students, why it is offering these STEM jobs for workers not living in the USA? Does inSPIRE STEM USA only want to “inspire” their businesses and not the American students who live in the country where these special interests and businesses are located?
Senator Orin Hatch (Utah) introduced a bill last year in the Senate to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize additional visas for well-educated aliens to live and work in the United States, and for other purposes. It went nowhere and I am not pleased to report that both Missouri senators supported this bill. For all the hoopla with Common Core and its emphasis on making decisions based on data, the 26 senators who supported this bill did not understand (or maybe they did) why Americans don’t need an expansion of visas for STEM workers to fill a fictional STEM shortage.
More from A.B. recounting the training for his replacement: