Is the Urgent Need for CCSS Based STEM Education & H-1B Visa Expansion a Lie and Another Debunked PR Talking Point?
The list above shows the organizations supporting the need for the Common Core States Standards Initiative and concerned about USA’s alleged STEM shortage according to inSPIRE STEM USA. The above graphic is from 2013 correspondence sent by inSPIRE STEM USA, whose acronym translates to Supporting Productive Immigration Reform & Education, to Senators Tom Harkin and Lamar Alexander. It has a two part solution to the supposed STEM crisis in the United States which include educational expansion of STEM teacher training/student courses and increased allocation of H-1B STEM visas:
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Many of the talking points from The National Chamber of Commerce and other private non-governmental organizations center around the need for CCSSI because of the shortage of STEM workers in the USA. The argument is that we need the CCSS math standards to equip our students to be ready for 21st Century jobs and outsourcing is presently occurring because qualified USA STEM workers cannot be found. Part of this argument centers around the need for the expansion of worker visas and part of it centers around the need for CCSSI. Here is the statement from Chris Minnich of CCSSO on the InSpire site:
What if these arguments are based on lies? What if these arguments are used to allow the private/public partnership to direct/develop public education without accountability? Would you trust these organizations and support CCSSI if the ‘need’ for nationalized standards and expansion of guest worker visas is not true?
Look at a recent study showing the argument of STEM worker shortages in the USA is false. From National Review and What STEM shortage?
The idea that we need to allow in more workers with science, technology, engineering, and math (“STEM”) background is an article of faith among American business and political elite. But in a new report, my Center for Immigration Studies colleague Karen Zeigler and I analyze the latest government data and find what other researchers have found: The country has well more than twice as many workers with STEM degrees as there are STEM jobs. Also consistent with other research, we find only modest levels of wage growth for such workers for more than a decade. Both employment and wage data indicate that such workers are not in short supply.
Reports by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the RAND Corporation, the Urban Institute, and the National Research Council have all found no evidence that STEM workers are in short supply. PBS even published an opinion piece based on the EPI study entitled, “The Bogus High-Tech Worker Shortage: How Guest Workers Lower U.S. Wages.” This is PBS, mind you, which is as likely to publish something skeptical of immigration as it is to publish something skeptical of taxpayer subsidies for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
RAND’s analysis looked backward in time and found, “Despite recurring concerns about potential shortages of STEM personnel . . . we did not find evidence that such shortages have existed at least since 1990, nor that they are on the horizon.”
It’s time to put a stop to the NGO control and profit that do not benefit American workers, taxpayers or students. This is yet another talking point that is being unmasked and the reasons for this takeover of public education is revealed. CCSSI and the need for increased H-1B visas is shown to be based on misinformation. These programs are not putting the needs of its own citizens first. CCSSI negates any authentic citizen participation in the process except for the provision of the students (human capital) necessary and the funding of the programs via the taxpayers.
Here is more on Session’s stance on the alleged STEM worker shortage in the United States. Wouldn’t you like to hear the response from the special interest groups and Senator Reid to this question from July 2014?
Hours after Microsoft announced that it would be slashing 18,000 jobs on Thursday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) issued a challenge to Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and other Democrats who voted for the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill: Prove that there is a shortage of American high-tech workers.
Speaking on the Senate floor, Sessions mentioned that just a week before Microsoft’s announcement, Microsoft’s former CEO Bill Gates joined with two other “masters of the universe” to urge Congress to remove limits on the number of guest-worker visas that can be awarded.
“So today I’m going to issue a challenge to Majority Leader Reid and every single one of our 55 Senate Democrats who voted unanimously for this Gang-of-Eight bill,” Sessions said, emphasizing that the bill would double the number of guest-worker visas that are awarded. “With Microsoft laying off 18,000 workers, come down to the Senate floor and tell me that there’s a shortage of qualified Americans to fill STEM jobs. Come down and tell us: Do you stand with Mr. Gates or do you stand with our American constituents?”
Better yet, this question should be posed to the two co-chairs of inSPIRE STEM USA, Former Senator John Sununu (R-NH):
Senator John Sununu (R‐NH) carved a unique path from the private sector to public office, serving for three terms in the House of Representatives and for six years as the youngest member of the United States Senate. Before entering public service, Sununu worked for emerging high‐tech firms as an engineer, strategy consultant and Chief Financial Officer. In Congress, he put his private sector expertise to work for the country, serving on Senate committees such as Commerce, Finance, Banking and Foreign Relations.
As one of the few members of Congress with a technical background, Sununu rose quickly to earn a seat on the House Appropriations Committee and served as Vice Chairman of the Budget Committee. During his term in the Senate, Sununu provided leadership in areas of finance and technology, figuring prominently in debates addressing funding for telecommunications policy, medical information technology and the National Science Foundation.
and Maria Cardona:
Maria served as a Senior Advisor and spokesperson to the Hillary Clinton for President Campaign during the 2008 Democratic primary election, serving on the campaign’s Hispanic outreach team. During the 2008 and 2012 general election, she was a key surrogate for the Obama for America election campaign. Previously, Maria led the New Democrat Network’s (NDN) outreach initiative with Hispanics nationwide as a senior vice president. Her government and political background includes service as director of communications for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and five years at the Department of Commerce, first as Deputy Press Secretary and later as Press Secretary. During her time at the Commerce Department, she acted as lead communications strategist for the passage of NAFTA in 1993. She also served as communications director for the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2003.
Is this is a prime example of the bipartisan and elitist sell out of America to the needs of the NGOs vs the American people? How long will this continue?