"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Monday, January 02, 2006

NCLB = No Teachers Left

A glimpse into the future as NCLB drives boom in outsourcing education:

"In the summer of 2005, chairman of Microsoft and the world’s richest man Bill Gates complained of not enough smart engineers in the US. Little did Mr Gates know how Indians are trying to lessen the movement of jobs to India by making US kids suitable for employment. Welcome to the world of e-tutoring! Here, the teacher sits 16,000 miles away from the student, yet communicating beautifully through technology.

According to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS), most teachers decide to leave teaching after a year or two—especially those employed in poor, urban schools. Most teachers will retire over the 2004-14 period creating further demand. States like California, Idaho, Hawaii, Alaska, Utah, and New Mexico will experience the highest demand. All these factors will drive growth in the market."

Welcome to the Third World -- without leaving home.

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